Introduction to Co-operatives and Co-operative Development
History and Benefits
Aware of the significance of Rochdale, Desjardins, the Antigonish movement and other key leaders and movements in Canada.
Aware of some of the central components of the Mondragon co-operative system in Spain, as well as the co-operative system in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, and the role that these co-operatives play in their countries and world.
Gain a basic knowledge of community economics, and the role that co-ops may play in a community’s economy.
Be able to explain the basic concepts of Social Capital and its value as a measure of quality of life. The participant will also demonstrate understanding of the inherent social capital value of co-operatives
Co-op Identity and Principles
Understand the history and origins of the statement of co-op values and how they are manifested in some forms of co-operatives.
Understand and reflect upon key elements of the Statement of Co-operative Identity, Values and Principles
Understand the various approaches to participatory democracy and decision-making.
Module 2 - $750
Roles, Rights, and Responsibilities in Co-operatives, Co-operative Organizations, and Federations
Co-operative Roles, Rights & Responsibilities
Understand the roles, rights and responsibilities in a co-operative.
Aware of and understand the roles of the regional, national, and international apex multi-sectoral and federations of co-operative organizations and how these organizations can support co-operative development.
Understand the role of governance and management and the importance of accountability and transparency for co-op governance and management.
Be supportive to a group in their incorporation of the co-op and offer templates and examples when questions arise, bringing a familiarity with business law and legal language to the task.
Demonstrate how to modify by-laws
Understand the policy development process, including issue identification, issue analysis, data collection, development of solutions, and performance measurement. S/he will also be able to model policies and procedures that appropriately reflect the context within which the co-op is working.
Module 3 - $750
The Co-operative Structure - Its Versatility and Challenges
Steps and Challenges in the Co-op Development Process
Knowledgeable of the steps in the co-operative development process and types of co-operatives.
Aware of how to adapt it to various situations.
Aware of some of the similarities and differences between the co-operative development model and business development models used for privately owned businesses.
Aware of the challenges of the co-operative development model and how to address these.
The Co-op Structure, Its Versatility and Adapting the Co-op Development Process to Situation
Aware of the co-op structure for different types of co-operatives and circumstances.
Aware of the benefits and challenges of the co-operative development model and how to adapt it to different types of co-ops and circumstances.
Have a deeper understanding of the role of members, the board of directors, and the role and forms of capital in various types of co-operatives, including housing co-ops, worker co-ops.
Able to provide basic information on incorporated and unincorporated co-op, for profit and non-profit and charitable co-operatives.
Be able to outline the factors that will determine whether workers are employees or not, and to provide support in designing the relationship such that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will support the desired form.
Be able to carry out, or facilitate the carrying out of, a group readiness assessment for various types of co-operatives.
Gain an initial understanding of co-operative succession/conversions.
Module 4 - $750
Co-operative Developer’s Leadership
Co-op Developer Skills and Professional Ethic
Explain the use of confidentiality agreements.
Communicate the basics of privacy legislation in plain language.
Can distinguish between your ethical standards and those of the group.
Understand what constitutes “professional advice” and knowing when you should recommend to the client to seek the professional advice of a lawyer, accountant, etc.
Outline the procedures necessary to smoothly engage outside expertise.
Education and Problem-Solving Skills
Understand the basics of adult education theory and praxis and their application in co-operative development.
Be comfortable using adult education theory and techniques to analyze and address challenges co-operative members and/or leadership may experience.
To be familiar with how to receive and offer feedback for the development leadership and facilitation skills.
Analyze the role of presentations in practical development scenarios.
Facilitate participatory learning through using engaging presentations.