This page features both Social Co-operation events and also events that members and non-members may find useful / of interest.
Friday 29th Sept
Social Co-op Forum main meeting
We are holding a joint event with the England Co-operative Care Forum, an agenda for this event is currently being finalised but will be uploaded very shortly so watch this space!
Saturday 14th October
Multistakeholder Co-ops Workshop – Manchester
£40 – £60
Co-operatives are established for the benefit of their members—whether they are consumers, employees, tenants, users of mutual support services or savers and borrowers.
But life isn’t always that simple. What if you have members who don’t benefit themselves specifically, but who wish to support the venture? If you gloss over different interests —the interests of different ‘stakeholders’—you may be storing up potential problems for the future.
The multi-stakeholder co-operative model offers a means to explicitly address the interests of all the stakeholders, be they employees, investors, users of the service, supporters or well-wishers, so different stakeholder groups can have a balanced voice in the business. You can bring in members from outside the main stakeholder groups as advisors, investors or ex-members holding sweat equity; they can participate, but with strictly limited rights.
- A good understanding of what a multi-stakeholder co-operative is, the advantages offered by this model and some of the complexity.
- Awareness of some examples of multi-stakeholder co-ops, their successes and complexities.
- Practical experience of thinking about the design of a multi-stakeholder co-operative.
Kate Whittle is an experienced trainer and facilitator, working in and with co-operatives of all kinds–both in the UK and overseas-for nearly 30 years. She is also a partner in Cooperantics LLP and secretary of Go-op Co-operative, aiming to be the first co-operative open access rail service in the UK.