Global Innovation
Coop Summit's first edition

December 30th 2020

The first edition of the Global Innovation Coop Summit took place on December 30th, 2020, and was completely digital and free.

The 90 minutes live event was designed to be a space dedicated to the leaders and experts of cooperatives from all sectors internationally, to share, discuss, learn and build a more cooperative, inclusive plural economy.

The main goal

of the Global Innovation Coop Summit

Bring to the global cooperative movement new trends in the areas of innovation, leadership, and technology; thus preparing the cooperative sector for the new challenges that we are facing and will continue to in the coming years.

Navi Radjou
The event's first presenter was Navi Radjou, speaker, author, and Innovation & Leadership Advisor, and he brought to the table the theme “Towards a frugal economy”. Drawing on concrete examples from different sectors and regions of the world, Navi Radjou identified the crucial changes to be made - in terms of culture, structure, and leadership - which allowed the spectators to understand and fully integrate into the generating “frugal economy” profit while contributing to the “triple regeneration” (individual, social and ecological).

Nathan Schneider
After Mr. Radjou's speech, the stage was set for Nathan Schneider, author, and professor of media studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who presented the idea of a shared agenda for shared ownership. Nathan discussed how we can think beyond old habits and how to develop policies and strategies that will put cooperation at the center of the global economy.

Jean-Louis Bancel

The final part of the event was a roundtable coordinated by Mr. Jean-Louis Bancel, president of Cooperatives Europe, with Mr. Radjou, Mr. Schneider and 3 other participants: Samara Araujo, the Innovation Coordinator in Organization of Brazilian Cooperatives (OCB), Brazil; Lorenzo Novaro, the Project coordinator in Cooperatives Europe, Brussels; and Mr. Eric Brat, the Director of the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives, at HEC Montréal.


The roundtable supported an important discussion on how the cooperative business model can reinvent a more efficient, agile, socially inclusive, and ecologically beneficial economy. It also included a dialogue on how technology contributes to social innovation and the leaders' visions of the post-COVID-19 new normal for cooperatives and their capacity to innovate.

who made this edition a huge success!

Nathan Schneider

Nathan Schneider

Professor of media studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, author of "Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy". He co-organized “Platform Cooperativism”, a pioneering conference on democratic online platforms, USA.

Navi Radjou

Navi Radjou

Navi Radjou is a world-renown expert in Innovation and Leadership Advisor, author of the book "Frugal Innovation: How to do better with less". Currently, Radjou is a columnist for the Harvard Business Review and a fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School. He provided consulting advice for countless leading organizations including GM, Microsoft, and Procter & Gamble.


Nathan Schneider


Keynote Speaker

Navi Radjou


Keynote Speaker

Samara Araujo


Innovation Coordinator, Organization of Brazilian Cooperatives (OCB), Brazil.

Lorenzo Novaro


Project coordinator, Cooperatives Europe, Brussels.

Lorenzo Novaro


Director of the Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives


Jean- Louis Bancel

Jean- Louis Bancel

Mr. Bancel was elected as President of Cooperatives Europe at the General Assembly on 27 April 2017 in Malta. Born in 1955, graduated from HEC (1978), ENA (1980-1982), PhD in Law, he chairs the Principles Committee of the ICA Board and is a member of the ICA Audit and Risk Committee. He was Chair of the International Cooperative Banking Association (ICBA) from 2006 to 2015 and of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) from 2001 to 2005. He is a former civil servant of the French Ministry of Finance in various senior positions. He worked as Secretary-General of Groupement des Entreprises Mutuelles d’Assurances (trade body of non-life mutual insurance, 1997–2004). He joined Crédit Coopératif in 2005 as Vice President and became Chairman in 2009.