Conference Cooperatives and Innovation – Building the Future of Care in Europe - with a contribution of Cera - Brussels

Over the next 40 years the proportion of the population above the age of 65 in the European Union will almost double, confronting the current care systems with challenges that are already raising concerns today. To tackle the looming crisis, cooperatives are taking on the challenge of reimagining the future of care in Europe through new economic and social models, together with innovative technological solutions.

On 28th and 29th of November, in the framework iCareCoops, European Active and Assisted Living project, Cooperatives Europe will host an event titled 'Cooperatives and Innovation – Building the Future of Care in Europe' in Brussels.

Gathering stakeholders, European and Belgian policy-makers as well as experts in older person’s care and IT, the event will explore the challenges and opportunities the changing face of healthcare offers to cooperatives, discover the power community-based enterprises and present the research and innovative technical solutions developed over the course of the project

November 28th : Reinventing care in Belgium: a panorama of cooperative innovation

The first day will focus on the Belgian experience, through practical experience-sharing and interactive discussions. It will involve Belgian cooperative actors who may benefit from stimulating and hands-­on sessions to generate new synergies around their respective projects, and European care actors who will improve their knowledge about the potentials of care cooperative models and challenges to upscale them.

November 28th, at 15:00 : Experience-­sharing. Developing a care cooperative ecosystem in Belgium: a presentation of Cera’s activities.

Cera is a Belgian cooperative of 400.000 members existing 125 years, taking up a role in informing, advising and inspiring people, organizations and policy on co-­operative businesses. Cera has especially been active in supporting the development of an active cooperative ecosystem in Belgium. Cera often explores new application possibilities for co-­operative business proceeding from present-­day social challenges and in that way Cera dedicated special attention to the opportunities for improving care through cooperative entrepreneurship. Trees Vandenbulcke, cooperative advisor, will showcase Belgian best practices and existing actions supporting the development of care cooperatives.

November 29th : A cooperative vision of care in Europe

This day will aim at shaping a cooperative vision for the future of care in Europe: after a panorama of existing initiatives and best practices from across the continent, participants will be introduced to the results of iCareCoops project, leading to a high-­level discussion among European organizations active in the care sector.


Discover the full programme and register here.

Praktische informatie

Dit event gaat door op dinsdag, 28 november om 09.00u en eindigt op woensdag, 29 november om 18.00u.

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