The Co-operative Difference - An exploration of co-operatives and their impact

Ref: C3533571

An introduction to the wider world of Co-operatives and how that world links with your corner Co-op Shop. It begins with a brief exploration some of the flaws and shortcomings in the mainstream economy. Then follows on with a run through the history and origins of the movement with an outline of the key differences between: • co-operative enterprises and their “standard model” counterparts, • “Producer” and “consumer” co-ops. It includes a brief overview of the global picture. This is a course for anyone interested in or curious about co-ops and the co-operative movement.

Course aim

The main purpose is to raise awareness of the co-operative enterprise as a basis for rebuilding dysfunctional economies. How this may relate to individual and communal bootstrap initiatives to develop enterprise in their own localities.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • • No skills or experience needed • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers • You will need basic English literacy.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand how the co-operative economy differs from the mainstream economy and how it all relates to your local Co-op Shop
  • grasp what that difference could mean locally, nationally, and globally
  • comment reasonably knowledgeably - compared to the general population - on the overall state of the economy

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

An understanding of the board game "Monopoly" would be helpful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Co-operative Difference - An exploration of co-operatives and their impact

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