IYC 2012 Maleny ''On the Couch"


Upfront Club
31 Maple Street
Maleny 4552
26° 45' 31.2624" S, 152° 51' 3.492" E
22/03/12 - 22/09/12
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Jan Duffield
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Monthly “On the Couch” Forums will kick-start discussions and stimulate ideas about various ways Co-ops can meet community, social, economic and cultural needs.

The various forums will comprise of a panel of experts from different types of co-ops as well as groups that are thinking of starting up new brands of co-operative organisations. A host will compare the event and initiate an exchange between the experts and a participating audience.

The focus will be predominantly forward-looking and will include lessons learnt, sharing information from established Co-ops in the Sunshine Coast region and trying to find outcomes towards changing government policy and regulation to make Co-ops a more viable option for a greater proportion of the population.

These forums will also be a precursor to a larger forum event that will take place during the “Expo”: a culmination of the year’s events and celebrations in September.

To date the forums that are being planned include:

  • Co-operative Housing and Land Sharing - 22 March 2012
  • Co-ops and IT& Social Networking - 26 April 2012
  • Co-ops Alternative Technology - 24 May 2012
  • Share Farming - 20 June 2012
  • Future of Co-operatives: Youth - 26 July 2012
  • Co-operatives and Community Banking - 23 August 2012
  • Co-ops 4 Change Expo - 22 September 2012




Maggie Beer
Maggie Beer, 2010 Senior Australian of the Year and Supporter of IYC 2012
"My passion for using fresh seasonal and local produce is equalled by my passion for my local, cooperative store...Community focused, ethical and sustainable that's the cooperative difference."

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