On October 8 and 9 from 10 am-noon each day, participants in the International Track of IMPACT 2020 will have the opportunity to be part of a fast-paced virtual gathering of cooperative community leaders from across the U.S. and around the world. In addition to outstanding keynote speakers, expect dynamic and engaging breakout sessions, opportunities to learn from development experts and time to share insights and experiences with your peers.
Sessions As COVID-19 continues to impact communities worldwide, many countries have closed their borders to trade and shuttered businesses, limiting the free movement of people and spurring economic instability. Moderated by panels of experts, the sessions planned will examine the roles being played by cooperatives in four key areas: serving member needs as early responders; maintaining food systems; contributing to financial resiliency in crisis situations; and using data and technology in response to the pandemic. Each session will include moderated Q&A. When registering, you will be prompted to choose one of the four simultaneous sessions. Learn more about the sessions here.Keynote: Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire Rebecca Henderson, Professor and Author, Harvard Business School Renowned Harvard Professor Rebecca Henderson debunks prevailing orthodoxy with a new intellectual foundation and a practical pathway forward for a capitalism, a system that has lost its moral and ethical foundation. Free market capitalism is one of humanity’s greatest inventions and the greatest source of prosperity the world has ever seen. But this success has been costly. Capitalism is on the verge of destroying the planet and destabilizing society as wealth rushes to the top. The time for action is running short. Rebecca Henderson’s rigorous research in economics, psychology, and organizational behavior, as well as her many years of work with companies around the world, gives us a path forward. She debunks the worldview that the only purpose of business is to make money and maximize shareholder value. She shows that we have failed to reimagine capitalism so that it is not only an engine of prosperity but also a system that is in harmony with environmental realities, striving for social justice and the demands of truly democratic institutions. Henderson’s deep understanding of how change takes place, combined with fascinating in-depth stories of companies that have made the first steps towards reimagining capitalism, provides inspiring insight into what capitalism can be. With rich discussions of how the worlds of finance, governance, and leadership must also evolve, Henderson provides the pragmatic foundation for navigating a world faced with unprecedented challenge, but also with extraordinary opportunity for those who can get it right. To Register, simply follow this link. and click on the blue “Register Now” button at the top right of the screen. When filling out registrant information, be sure to select “International Sessions Only” under the “Registration Type” drop down menu.