Over the last year the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) asked cooperative researchers and practitioners around the world to submit ideas for panels and discussions on the cooperative identity for the ICA Cooperative Research Conference and the 3rd International Forum on Cooperative Law (28-30 November 2021 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea).

A total of 225 proposals were received from around 50 countries; signaling the importance to have meaningful conversations in 2021 about what it means to be a cooperative.

The research event will be the precursor for debates on key themes and sub-themes of the 33rd World Cooperative Congress (1-3 December 2021), building content for discussions based on scientific and analytical contributions. 

Here’s a snapshot of the submissions: 

Total submissions for both events: 225

From the youth: 32 proposals from young scholars and students

How many countries: Almost 50

Languages: English, French, Spanish and Korean

Main themes:

Identity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Global commitment, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Identity of cooperative and the harmonization of cooperative laws.

The final selection process is ongoing. Accepted authors will be invited to develop their final work and full papers by 31 July for presentations later in November. A selected few will present them at Congress.  

Thank you, to everyone who submitted their abstracts and proposals for panels!