LEARNING ABOUT CO-OPS

New! for iMOVe is work related to building inclusive economies with unique, culturally-appropriate learning opportunities about how co-operation and the co-op model can be used to solve problems in marginalized and racialized communities.

This work is related the 2nd cornerstone in iMOVe's programming:  Helping marginalized and racialized people to access meaningful, decent work.

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CO-OP CONVERSATION GUIDEBOOK









Explore how the Co-op model can help solve problems / challenges in community.

 
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INTRODUCTION & OVERVIEW

Design Principles & Guidebook Goals

Get a sense of all the modules in the Guidebook and how to use them.

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MODULE 1:

Getting Started

Goal: Getting to know each other.

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MODULE 2:

What is a Co-op?

Goal: Understand the basics of what the Co-op model is and how it can help solve problems and challenges in community.

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MODULE 3:

Relevance of Co-ops for BIPOC Communities

Goal: Understand the history and modern-day relevance of Co-ops for BIPOC communities.

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MODULE 4:

Practice Creating a Co-op

Goal: Explore how the Co-op model could help address changes you want to create in your community.

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MODULE 5:

Examples of BIPOC Co-ops

Goal: Learn how the Co-op model is already working in other BIPOC communities.

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MODULE 6:

Learning More About Co-ops

Goal: Explore participants’ interests so new topics and approaches can be implemented into future learning opportunities.

Business Plan

MODULE 7:

Closing

Goal: Reflection, Next Steps and
Where to go to Learn More.

GUIDEBOOK RESOURCES

MODULE 2

What is a Co-op?

MODULE 3

History Video

MODULE 3

Modern-day Video

MODULE 5

Examples of Co-ops

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

Freedom Dreams Co-op Education Website (Canadian)

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YouTube Channel

Your Way Together – Indigenous Guidebook to Starting Co-ops

Banker Ladies Film
(Canadian)

Black Wellness Cooperative
(Nova Scotian)

Black Wellness Co-operative Magazine Article

Food Co-op Heralds a ‘Black Renaissance'

Your Job Doesn’t Have
to be Hell
(Worker Co-ops)

When Workers Own Companies
(TED Talk)

Canadian Worker Co-op Federation (CWCF)
(Canada)

Co-op Cafe Partner Program
(Just Us Coffee, NS)

Cornelius Blanding
Co-op Leadership
Award Winner

From Disparity to Parity:
Equity and Land
Access for All!

History and Success of the Federation of Southern Co-operatives

Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance

Co-operative Housing Federation (CHF)
(Canada)

Financing for Co-ops
(Canadian)

Business Succession 
& Opportunity for Co-ops
(Canada)

Co-ops and Mutuals
Canada Database
(Use Advanced Search to see BIPOC Co-ops)

Backroad Diaries
Co-operatives First

 
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This Co-op Learning Project was funded in part by the Government of Nova Scotia and Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage through their Vibrant Communities Program.

 
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Funding for this project was also provided by the Catherine Donnelly Foundation who believes that by working collectively we can eliminate homelessness and ensure decent affordable housing, restore our climate in a just and equitable fashion and help the marginalized and those experiencing poverty empower themselves through community based adult education.

 
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