On May 16 May, Dr. Anastasia Sergeeva (RSM) was our guest in the open seminar series. She presented her paper ‘Value-based Trust as a Shift Parameter for Collective Organizing: The Case of Magnum Photos’. The study examines Magnum Photos, a cooperative of freelance photographers, highlighting how shared values can promote non-calculative trust, mitigate opportunism, and encourage innovation in industries with measurement problems.

‘Burgercollectieven en overheid: Genoeg geëxperimenteerd?!’

CollectieveKracht, Europe Direct Eindhoven and DuurzaamDoor organised an event on Friday 16 June with the theme ‘Burgercollectieven en overheid: Genoeg geëxperimenteerd?!’, which attracted around 250 attendees. In the Parktheater in Eindhoven, citizen collectives, civil servants and scientists shared inspiring stories and examples, entered dialogues and shared new insights from practice and science from The Netherlands and other European countries.

Rotary Utrecht celebrates its 100th anniversary with inspiring afternoon on ‘doing good’

Rotary Utrecht celebrated its 100th anniversary on Friday 10 March with an inspiring afternoon on ‘doing good’ in this day and age. The programme included short lectures by various speakers – including Tine De Moor – discussions, impressive live music, video clips of social initiatives and a closing drink.

The afternoon took place at a special location in Utrecht: Gasthuis Leeuwenberg. For more information about the afternoon and the speakers, click here.

Inaugural lecture Tine De Moor: ‘Shakeholder society? Social Enterprises, citizens and collective action in the community economy’

On 17 February Prof Tine De Moor publicly accepted her appointment as professor of Social Enterprises and Institutions for Collective Action at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University with an inaugural lecture entitled Shakeholder society? Social Enterprises, citizens and collective action in the community economy.

How to deal with the grand challenges of our current society? We know what to do, often discuss who should be taking the lead in this (governments? companies? consumers?) and there are many technological innovations that could help but we still fall short of making our economy more regenerative. Can a focus on an economy steered by the needs and collective action of citizens help us forward? Do citizens want to be involved and if so what happens already today? What are the benefits but also potential negative effects and pitfalls of enabling cooperative social enterprises? In “Shakeholder society?” Tine De Moor looks at the possibilities of bringing the roles of stakeholders and shareholders closer together.

If you would like to (re)watch the lecture, you can do so below!

Webinar Herenboeren: Participation of Members

On 15 March, Herenboeren’s Winter Webinar took place with the theme ‘Participation of Members’. A key pillar of the Herenboerderij is social connectedness. The local community makes these cooperatives possible and is the buyer of the products. But how do we ensure sustainable connection and participation of cooperative members on the Herenboerderij? This question is the focus of the webinar. During the webinar, Christiaan Bikker, project officer at the HAS, shared his findings on sustainable participation of cooperative members. Professor Tine De Moor, initiator of CollectieveKracht, talked about the resilience and development of citizen collectives. More information can be found here.

Symposium – From science to society: evidence-based lessons for (cooperative) social enterprises

On 17 February, our symposium “From science to society: evidence-based lessons for (cooperative) social enterprises” took place, followed by prof. dr. Tine De Moor’s inaugural lecture entitled: “Shakeholder society? Social Enterprises, citizens and collective action in the community economy”. We would like to thank all (online) attendees for attending these events! We hope everyone found it as interesting as we did.

We are already looking forward to the next event! In the meantime, if you would like to look back at the symposium, you can do so below!

Open seminar talk by Bram van Helvoirt

On 31 January dr. Bram van Helvoirt gave a very interesting presentation as part of our open seminar series. Van Helvoirt is a lecturer and researcher Future Food Systems at HAS Green Academy and his current research focuses on agrarian and food collectives, including the concept of ‘food as a common(s)’.