Co-op Academy - Building Community
Before we start any collective enterprise, initiative, or organized efforts, we need to build the foundation for an inclusive and equitable and efficient organizational culture. The Fall 2021 Co-op Academy program is tailored to address the unique challenges and highlight best practices of starting and managing a cooperative enterprise for emerging cooperative leaders.
The 4 sessions will be virtual due to COVID19 with
the potential for an in person closing session
should conditions improve.
Cooperative Leaders Forum
A collaborative learning opportunity designed for teams who recently completed the Co-op Academy and experienced cooperative business stakeholders leading their community’s cooperative development efforts.
These virtual peer-to-peer discussions designed for participants to share, inspire, and learn from one another. Each session will be a facilitated conversation led by cooperative development specialists. Topics will range from leadership transition and business continuity, roles and responsibilities, hiring a general manager, power dynamics, financial resilience, membership engagement, and refreshing policies and bylaws.
The 8 sessions will be virtual due to COVID19 with the potential for an in person closing session should conditions improve.
Cooperative Leadership Conference
Advanced educational experience to support leaders within a cooperative business. Participants will include board members, general managers, and co-op members.
Learn cooperative business strategies to strengthen your co-op, leverage your energy and resources, improve marketing power, and implement transparent control over business decisions. Topics including marketing, leadership succession planning, engaging in difficult decisions, strategic planning, capitalizing infrastructure, and expansion of the solidarity economy.
This day long program will be a combination of presentation, Q&A, and working group formats.
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