By Jez Smith
The Quaker Socialist Society has announced that Ed Mayo, the general secretary of Co-operatives UK, will deliver the annual Salter Lecture at Friends House just before Britain Yearly Meeting on Friday 24/05/2013 at 4pm.
Ed Mayo will deliver a lecture titled “Raise the Sails as the Wind is Changing – how radical and alternative ideas have become our economic lifeline.” Co-operatives UK is a network for co-operative and mutual enterprises.
Until 1992 Ed Mayo was director of the World Development Movement and then he spent 11 years as the director of the New Economics Foundation. Afterwards he spent six years as the director of Consumer Focus, including overseeing its re-brand from being the National Consumer Council. He has been at Co-operatives UK since 2009.
On his blog Ed recently wrote that “Coops are not the goal. They are the means to achieve our goals. In March, a grassroots campaign, emerging out of the UK Uncut campaign, was launched to encourage people to ‘move your money’ from the shareholder banks to the Co-operative Bank or to co-operative credit unions, on the rise across the country. Change the world? Go co-operative.”
In 2003 he was listed by The Guardian as one of Britain’s 100 leading lights on social policy. In 1996 Ed gave an address, the Common Wealth, to a joint Woodbrooke and Quaker Council for European Affairs conference, Sharing, not Taking.
The Salter Lecture is free to attend and will take place on 24/5/2013 at 4pm at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ.