The conference Imagine 2012 is designed to bring together the leadership of the world’s major cooperatives and leading economic thinkers from around the world.
Imagine 2012 will provide a forum in which cooperative leaders and world-class economists can explore a new approach to economic analysis and thought that offers people around the world renewed hope for an economy that meets people’s needs.
According to Tom Webb, Imagine 2012 conference manager:
“Our cooperative leaders want to understand where the solidly linked local, regional, and global economies are going. Neoclassical economics will not tell them. The new economics is more robust and a better reflection of economic reality. Cooperative leaders need to see the opportunities that will emerge out of the growing uncertainty and to value to amazing power of the co-operative business model to create a better world.
“Neoclassical economics, the economics that brought us the misguided policies that sparked the recessions of 2001, 2008, and the jobless recovery, will bring us more of the same. Neoclassical economics claims cooperatives are inherently inefficient but misses the reality that cooperatives have 100 million people working in them around the globe – more than all the multinationals in the world put together. Imagine 2012 will explore a new economics based on reality rather than dogma.
“The new economics is the economics of cooperation, the economics of hope. Imagine 2012 will plant seeds that will bear fruit for decades. That is why we organized the conference as our contribution to 2012.”
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