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Social Science Centre, Lincoln
4th Annual General Meeting, 16th May 2015.
Croft Street Community Centre, Lincoln. 11-4pm.
Paul Boyce, Lucy McGinty
Gerard de Zeeuw
Joss Winn (Note-taker)
Sarah Amsler (Chair)
Morning: Co-operative business (11:00am–12:30pm)
- Opening of the day & review of previous AGM minutes/actions
- Review of the SSC Constitution
- SSC financial report
- Report on courses (Know-How: Do-It-Ourselves Higher Education) and information about upcoming curriculum design workshops + activities/events
- Any other business
Bring and share!
Afternoon: Talks and discussions (1:00–4:00pm)
1:00–1:15pm Co-ops – It’s all about the people
Bob Cannell, Suma Co-op
1:45-2:00pm Co-operatives in the East Midlands
Angela Porter, Lincolnshire Co-operative Development Agency
2:30–2:45pm The history & archive of the Lincolnshire Co-op & the place of education
Andrew Jackson, Bishop Grosseteste University
3:15–3:30pm Informal education and the free university
Tony Jeffs, Durham University
- Agree 2014 minutes
- SSC [ISRF] project will look at governance
- ACTION: We will organize a half day workshop on decision-making and technologies. Sarah to bring paper on democratic decision making.
- ACTION: Meeting on 28th May about SSC [ISRF] project – decide whether to use the project to discuss governance issues. (see subsequent project plan linked above)
- Wendy noted that she did attend the 2014 AGM
- 2014 minutes (2b) on ‘conflict resolution’ – the proposal relating to termination of membership was not agreed.
- 2014 AGM minutes agreed.
- Matters arising
- Equalities Act – Mike and Gary checked this. We are liable.
- ACTION: Mike will circulate a description of the role of the Secretary.
- Joss wrote paper on membership. Working group set up, not active.
- See minutes from previous meeting which also discussed actions from previous AGM: http://socialsciencecentre.org.uk/blog/2015/05/11/minutes-from-general-meeting-2nd-may-2015/
- Question around what is a ‘member’? Socially, intellectually, politically? Who is the co-operative? This was also discussed last year.
- Should statement of values be included in the constitution?
- Should membership be open?
- ACTION: Andrew to send statement of values around again
- ACTION: We agreed to organise a year-long project using the constitution to develop meaningful definitions and practices of ‘democracy’, ‘non-hierarchical self-organisation’, ‘membership’, and ‘consensus’, with attention to issues of power and communication, and with a view to revising the constitution, our ‘business plan’, statement of values if necessary and producing principles of organisation, teaching and how to propose and run courses/activities (also to discuss whether the constitution should include a stronger statement of SSC values) Stephen has written an outline of this up. See attached plan. [All]
- The series of research workshops organised by Joss and Mike to develop a framework for a co-operative university may be part of this, as the SSC is the site for it; there will be a meeting on 28 May to discuss this link.
- ACTION: Sarah, Lucy and Andrea will work on producing principles for the new short courses and share experience and suggestions from this perspective.
- ACTION: We agreed to use some of our money to pay for training in decision-making and other relevant skills — to be determined and organised at a meeting in the near future — these may be related to the co-operative university research workshops. [All]
- We agreed constitution on the basis that it’s a working document for next year.
- Financial report (attached)
- Need to revise the business plan or dispose of it.
- Members agreed the processes of reporting the finances.
- Members thanked Stephen for his work on role as Treasurer.
- Secretary: Mike Neary agreed. Treasurer: Stephen Hopkins agreed.
- Stephen will step down in one year.
- Agreed that elected roles (secretary and treasurer) should be for maximum fixed terms of 3 years. Changing of roles should not coincide.
- Know-how course: Mike gave summary of the course. It struggled to find a focus of study but did look at methodology and process. In the New Year, we developed a more structured timetable of discussing our own research. Moved to Mint Lane, well attended. Didn’t write up each session as we had before.
- Curriculum planning day for Fall 2015 will be on 26 July, 1-4pm, Mint Lane
- ACTION: Ask for 200w from each person to publish on the website. Thanked PW for helping coordinate the use of Mint Lane building. [All]
- ACTION: Sort out website and how we find information. [Joss]
- ACTION: Prioritise discussion about co-ordinator role at next meeting (June 6th).