A Conversation About Cooperatives with Jerome Warren

Friday October 27th at 12pm ET / 4pm GMT

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A discussion of Jerome's work on Italy's tradition of self-organized services and exploration collaborative potential among current practitioners


Cooperative social organizations have existed throughout history in addition to current efforts in business and management. Jerome Warren is both a scholar and practitioner of cooperatives. In his recent article published in This View of LIfe, he uses "Tinbergen's Four Questions" to analyze Italy's historical tradition of self-organized services. As a practitioner, he is the editor of a forthcoming Handbook of Cooperative Economics and Management.

This seminar will be organized as a discussion of Jerome's TVOL article and exploration of collaborative potential among current practitioners.  Members of the audience are encouraged to read his article beforehand. Jerome will give a few introductory remarks, rather than a full-length seminar, and the bulk of the 90-minute period will be spent exploring the past, present, and future of collaboratives.

Read Jerome's article "Italy’s Tradition of Self-Organized Services" here

About the Speaker:

Jerome Warren is a postdoctoral researcher currently working with the Royal Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters of Belgium, where he serves as Chaire SFPI,  researching how to embed a sustainable mission at the level of the firm. He has a transdisciplinary background, with a B.A. in New College from the University of Alabama, a B.Sc. in Economics and an M.A. in political economy from the University of Siegen. His PhD, entitled The Cooperative Economy: Towards A Stakeholder-Led Democracy, attempts to embed an evolutionary logic into both a historical study of democracy and a critical investigation of the theory of the firm. His research interests are at the intersection of economics, history, politics, sociology and related disciplines (ecology, communications, management and organizational theory, etc.) and he is particularly interested in building up a curriculum around an economics of cooperation, emphasizing not only how important cooperation is for the so-called "social and solidarity economy, but how virtually all economic relations are interwoven with social relations and relations of cooperation. He is a member of a number of civil society organizations like the International Karl Polanyi Society and the Club of Remy, as well as writing and publishing on related issues.