Owning the Future: Full Conference Programme Announced

Saturday 10 – Saturday 17 October 2020

Costs: Free

Online event

The Co-operative Party has announced the full programme for its first ever online conference, Owning the Future, to be held from 10-17 October.

As well as Labour leader Keir Starmer in conversation on Saturday 10 October, followed by a keynote address from Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds, the conference will feature speakers from across the Labour and co-operative movements and beyond – all discussing how we emerge from this year’s crisis and build a fairer country.

The conference will kick off with a weekend of speeches, panels and policy debates, followed by a week of lunchtime and evening workshops and panels on the most pressing issues of 2020. Co-op Party members will be invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 17 October.

Sessions will include:

  • co-operatives delivering on the ground – bringing broadband, buses, emergency food provision, credit unions, and more into community control
  • passionate activists, including a youth climate activist, Black Lives Matter march organiser, and equalities and anti-poverty campaigners from across the movement
  • supporters from overseas, including an Italian politician discussing worker ownership, and the former finance minister of Chile on tackling inequality.

The conference is free and open to all “whether you’ve just heard of the party or are a long-standing member”.

“After this turbulent year, we’re more excited than ever to get together (virtually) and generate ideas, plans and policy to face the future together,” said the Co-op’s national political and policy manager, Joe Fortune. “Co-operation has never been more vital, and we’re excited to be able to bring the best of our movement to your own home.”

You can register for the event now on the Co-operative Party website.

The full conference programme is available here.