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Sociocracy in Worker Co-ops Roundtable

International Governance Symposium

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August 12, 2021
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[Editor's Note: Worker co-op members and developers discuss the use of sociocracy in worker co-ops in the US and the UK. Starting at 22:55 panelists have an interesting discussion about the compatibility of sociocracy and union co-ops.]

Abbie Kempson, Co-op Member, Unicorn Grocery (UK)
John McNamara, Senior Co-operative Development Specialist, Northwest Cooperative Development Center (USA)
Mark Simmonds, Co-op Developer, Co-op Culture (UK)

About the event: This was recorded on June 19, 2021 as part of the International Co-operative Governance Symposium, hosted by the International Centre for Co-operative Management (ICCM) in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University based in Halifax, Canada. The event is the second of its kind held by the Centre and this particular one was held online due to the travel restrictions related to COVID-19. More on the Centre, its research, online co-operative management degrees, events, and publications, can be found at

2021 Symposium Theme: Governance in Co-operatives - Participatory, People-Centred, Democratic.

ICCM is collaborating on a research project through 2022 on co-operative governance with colleagues at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) and with funding support from FWO Belgium (SBO project S006019N). The International Co-operative Governance Symposium was made possible with financial assistance from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's (ACOA) Atlantic Policy Research Initiative (APRI Project No. 217990).


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