Participation & Equality in Cooperatives: Lessons from Spain

By Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (other events)

Thursday, September 26 2019 6:30 PM 8:30 PM EDT

What might it take for participation and equality to happen in practice?  

Dr. Bryer, an Anthropologist and Reader in Accounting from the University of Bristol, UK, has conducted fieldwork on these issues with cooperative businesses and social movements in Argentina, Spain, and recently begun preliminary research in the US.   Her research is published in leading journals in the field such as Accounting Organizations and Society and Organization Studies. In this workshop, Dr. Bryer will share insights from her work with cooperatives involved in a wider ‘inter-cooperation’ movement in Spain.  The case shows how common accounting practices, such as discussing financial targets and budgets, combined with wider organizing practices, can foster the organizational and cultural conditions for participation and equality. It emphasizes the importance of building capacities that transcend traditional distinctions between social skills and business capabilities.  

The workshop aims to develop our understanding of some of the common challenges and possibilities of participation and equality in cooperatives.  It seeks to provide an opportunity to share experiences, build connections, and develop conceptual tools that could lead to more participative and egalitarian practices in cooperatives and communities in the Philadelphia Area and beyond.



Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Childcare will be made available - please register your child(ren) using this registration form, or email us at [email protected].


PACA is committed to providing accessible programs, events, and services. Please contact us at [email protected] regarding  accommodations - and we’ll do our best to assist.

CULTUREWORKS: Our space is wheelchair accessible with a gender-neutral, accessible bathroom.