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Session One: Owen’s ideals & contribution towards Community Wealth Building, Creating Sustainable Communities

David Smith introduces the second annual Robert Owen Day event by stating that Owen speaks to the hopes and struggles of citizens to make the world a better place. David points to co-operation as being more than a reformist movement and makes a comparison between the co-operative and community wealth building movements. Facilitator, Cilla Ross, along with Chris Williams, Liz McIvor, and Gillian Lonergan explore key themes of Owen’s co-operative approach that have relevance for the present day. Historical context is provided for Owen’s extraordinary, pioneering contribution with his 3000 UNESCO recognised letters and pamphlets from over a quarter of a millennium ago. The Mayor of Newtown provides a welcome and an education theme.

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