The Art And Science Of Cooperative Development 2017-10-05T23:45:44+00:00

The Art And Science of
Cooperative Development

A rigorous three-part course for participants to develop the skills to start a new cooperative and assist groups to start new cooperative enterprises.

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Comprehensive Training
For Cooperative Developers

This intensive, outcome-based curriculum is focused exclusively on cooperative applications and real-world elements such as site visits and interactive case studies.  The training provides critical lessons in cooperative business model, group facilitation and start-up issues while incorporating challenges cooperatives face today.  Upon completion of the program participants will be able to:

  • Understand the unique attributes of the cooperative business model

  • Lead groups through the key steps of cooperative business development process

  • Set up effective governance models for start-up cooperatives

  • Apply strong group facilitation and communication skills

  • Assess cooperative finance and capitalization strategies towards business success

  • Advise groups on the process of completing a feasibility study

  • Prepare a cooperative business plan

  • Educate groups on the legal structure and the tax environment for cooperatives

  • Build successful cooperative development ecosystems

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Session 1

The first session of The Art and Science of Cooperative Development lays out the basics of the cooperative model, including governance, feasibility, business basics, and memberships. Additionally, we’ll cover topics ranging from cooperative history to building your cooperative ecosystem.

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Session 2

This session will dive deeper into topics like feasibility, explore a wider array of business planning tools, include more information and resources for later stages of business development, and put more emphasis on the field of cooperative development and the participants’ role in it.

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Session 3

Session 3 is a five-day, webinar-based training that gives participants hands-on experience building their own Excel workbook to determine the feasibility of a start-up co-op.

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Session 1

Session 1 provides a thorough but introductory overview into the field of cooperative development. This session lays out the basics of the cooperative model, including governance, feasibility, business basics, and memberships. Additionally, we’ll cover topics ranging from cooperative history to building your cooperative ecosystem. Participants will learn from case studies that delve into particular topics in co-op development, such as investment cooperatives, conversions, and assisting groups in low-resource communities. Additionally, tours to local Madison co-ops and ample networking opportunities this intensive, productive, and meaningful training. Check out some past agendas.

Spring 2018 in Madison, WI

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Session 2

Session 2 builds upon the concepts and skills developed in Session 1 and prompts participants to use these in interactive, hands-on, case studies.  This session will dive deeper into topics like feasibility, explore a wider array of business planning tools, include more information and resources for later stages of business development, and put more emphasis on the field of cooperative development and the participants’ role in it. Session 2 includes a tour to a co-op development centers and other institutions that support cooperative development.

When: November 13-16th 2017,
Where: Madison WI

Link for Discount Room at the Graduate Hotel: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=77206&Chain=21643&group=COOP

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Cost: $1400, Tuition and Food. Transit and lodging are not included.

Link for Discount Room at the Graduate Hotel: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=77206&Chain=21643&group=COOP

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Session 3

Session 3 is a five-day, webinar-based training that gives participants hands-on experience building their own Excel workbook to determine the feasibility of a start-up co-op. This training requires some knowledge of Excel (and registration comes with a free, two-hour introduction to Excel prior to the training) and will build participants’ knowledge of the program. Session 3 requires nightly homework as well as a final examine. This intensive session demands participants learn and utilize practical skills for assessing feasibility and determining success factors for new cooperatives.

December 11-15th, 2017; Webinar format

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