ICA Communications Committee (ICACC) (1997)

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This document has been made available in electronic format
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July, 1997
(Source: ICA Review, Vol.90 No.2 - Annual Report 1996-1997, pp.63-66)

ICA Communications Committee (ICACC)
Report by Poul Dines/Iain Williamson/Mary Treacy
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Executive Committee
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Chairman:	Poul Dines (Denmark)
Vice-Chairman:	Iain Williamson (UK)
Secretary:	Mary Treacy (ICA)
Members:	Kamal Hamdy Aboul Kheir (Egypt); Tony Luscombe (UK); 
Zahid Qureshi (ICMIF); Denis Tzarevcan (France).

Membership
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The Committee is a small active group with 15 members from 14 
organisations in 9 countries. The Committee's Rules have recently 
been changed to allow individuals who work for organisations and
universities promoting co-operatives but not in membership of ICA to join.
A mail vote is being organised to chose the new Executive as a plenary
meeting is not being held at the time of the General Assembly. The new 
rules will also be approved by mail vote.

Meetings and Activities
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The ICACC held a plenary meeting followed by a seminar on 
"Co-operative Image in the Year 2,000" in Budapest in October 1996. 
The Seminar addressed four issues: Using television to enhance the co-op 
image, with keynote speaker Andrew Booth, Director of World Television(UK); 
Harnessing the collective genius of people to create the results they truly desire, with keynote speaker Zahid Quereshi of ICMIF; Strengthening community 
identity among international organizations using electronic networks, with
keynote speaker Byron Henderson of the Center for the Study of Co-operatives 
at Saskatchewan University; and Reflections on the desk-top publishing revolution, with Iain Williamson, Information Manager of the Co-op Union (UK) as 
keynote speaker.  An executive  meeting  was held in Copenhagen in May 1997. 
The ICACC will hold an executive meeting in Geneva this September as 
well as a meeting of the Sub-Committee on Communications and Trade 
and a Joint Seminar with the HRD Committee on overcoming geographical
barriers through electronic networking and distance learning. 

Activities
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Besides the organisation of seminars, the ICACC has been engaged in plans for forthcoming events: a Workshop for Journalists from East, Central and Southern Africa will be held in 1998, and the setting up of two sub-groups to address questions brought about by the rapid development of communication technology, in collaboration with Byron Henderson of the University of Saskatchewan Center for the Study of Co-operatives: the first on Communications and Trade and the second on Communications Technology and Co-operatives Education.