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Cooperating our way out of crises with Melina Morrison

May 26, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

$5 – $10

888 is pleased to present the second Basil’s Table event, which will be held virtually. 

Australians are living in a time of uncertainty post bushfires, and now during a pandemic. Can we look to each other for mutual support in these uncertain times?

Basil Varghese, a veteran Melbourne-based community builder and advocate for social justice, will lead a dialogue with Melina Morrison (pictured), CEO of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM), about how cooperation and co-operative enterprises can play a part in building our way out of the crisis, and into new prosperity. We will also hear about what personally drives this engaging social economy leader. Find out:

  • What drew Melina to co-ops and the BCCM?
  • How do co-ops empower people to lift themselves out of poverty?
  • Where co-operatives stand after a series of local (fires, drought) and global (COVID-19) crises.

Melina Morrison is a well-known advocate for member owned businesses. Melina was successful in advocating for a Federal Government inquiry into the co-operative and mutual business sector, which handed down 17 ground-breaking reforms. This led to the first enabling legislation for Australian mutuals in 18 years permitting them to raise new investment whilst safeguarding their cherished mutuality.

Basil Varghese (Picture: Joaquim Borge)

Basil’s Table is an interview series conducted by Basil Varghese, a well-known Melbourne- based community builder and advocate for social justice, who has long been committed to ‘bridging the gap between those that have and have not’. As a Patron of 888 Co-operative Causeway, Basil hosts these conversations with special guests on topics relevant to building a more cohesive and connected community across Victoria.

Date and time: 26th of May 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Location: Zoom, link adn password provided post registration via email
Cost: $10 (Full), $5 (active Friends and Members of 888 Co-operative Causeway, and Co-op/Union/Kelvin Club members). Please contact us about waivers.
Bookings are essential: secure your place now.

Contact us at coopcauseway@gmail.com for any inquiries about waiving the ticket price for this event.

888 is pleased to present the second Basil’s Table event, which will be held virtually. Once registered we will send you Zoom login details via email. Attendees will receive occasional futture event invites. 


May 26, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$5 – $10
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Antony McMullen