A Telelearning Session on empowering co-op groups.
Notes from session two below.
Also attached, a paper by Peter Hough on starting a co-op.
The attachment below will take you to a summary transcript of the session.
III. Guiding Principles For Organizing the Co-op Development Process
As noted in the above typology, there are many different perspectives and starting points for co-op development initiatives. Those starting points will create/indicate different relationships between the potential members and co-op development facilitators. Different needs, capacities, and access to resources of the potential members, co-op development facilitators, and key external parties must be understood and addressed through the work and its organization.
These variable starting points necessitate that one of the first steps in a co-op development process is to understand the particular context of the initiative. Who are the potential members? What is their background, experience, skills, etc? What interests bring them together? What do they hope to get from the co-op? What can, and will, they commit to the process if it moves forward? What questions, hesitations, must be addressed? What do they expect from co-op development facilitators? What do external parties require? What influence do external parties have on the outcome of the initiative? What is the required timeline? Who are the potential co-op development facilitators? What is the source of their commitment? What resources do they have to offer and under what terms? Who is to do what, be accountable to whom, based upon what authority? With these realities in focus, the development facilitator can determine the parameters of the initiative and set out to organize the particulars of a specific initiative.
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