In the framework of its statutory meetings, the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) organised a conference on getting young people involved in mutuality. In his introductory remarks, Matthias Savignac, President of RES and Vice-President of AIM recalled that the motives and means of solidarity commitment had changed, and that organisations such as mutuals or trade unions had to adapt to attract new vital forces. Indeed, the mutual fund life-long commitment is no longer the norm, and young people prefer the “post-it” way of getting involved: flexible, reusable and mobile.
Experiences from Argentina, Spain and Burkina Faso have illustrated the efforts of mutuals in attracting more young people. Youth committees, consultation, intergenerational dialogue, participatory governance, new services etc. are appearing just as much as opportunities and challenges that mutual funds will have to seize to ensure their future.