Cooperative Design Lab Agenda

2015 New Gloucester Cooperative Design Lab Course Syllabus

 

Weekend #1  January(2 days)

Opening / Introductions / Goals & Motivations

“Village News”

Syllabus Review / Big Picture / Context

Cooperative Culture Part 1: Values/ Principles/ History

Business Canvas Part 1 (EXERCISE) – What is your business concept?

Cooking in Cooperation: Community Building (EXERCISE)

Stages of Cooperative Development

People in your Co-op Part 1: Composing a Board

Governance and Management

Regenerative Enterprise: 8 forms of Capital in the New Economy

Social Network Mapping  (EXERCISE)

Business Canvas Part 2 (EXERCISE) – Customers, members and vendors

Intro to Market Research Homework Assignment

Closing Circle

Saturday film:   Shift Change

Sunday Morning: Yoga

 

Weekend #2 Feburary (2 days)

Opening / Check-in / Homework Review / Village News

Participatory Leadership Cafe

Cooperative Culture Part 2: Core Values Work  (EXERCISE)

People in your Co-op Part 2: Recruiting and keeping Membership [a.k.a engagement process]

Measuring Success [a.k.a Accountability and Evaluation]

Cooperative Culture Part 3: Diversity and Anti-oppression

Communication in Cooperative Systems (+ EXERCISE)

Conflict Management

Cooking in Cooperation: Community Building (EXERCISE)

Business Niche Analysis Presentations (first group)

Democratic Decision Making

Management and Coordination Roles in Cooperative Enterprise

Business Canvas Part 3 –  (EXERCISE) Operations

Closing Circle

Saturday film:  Transition 2.0

Sunday Morning: Yoga

 

Weekend #3 March(2 days)

Opening / Check-in / Homework Review / Village News

Leadership Development: Leading with Strengths: (EXERCISE) – Strengths Inventory

Business Niche Analysis Presentations (second group)

Vision and Mission

Marketing  Plans

Business Canvas Part 4 (+ EXERCISE)

Input/Output Analysis: Funding and Financing your Cooperative and viability

Cooking in Cooperation: Community Building (EXERCISE)

People in your Cooperative Part 3: Network & Relationship Building

Technical Assistance

Your Project Timeline  (EXERCISE)

Next Steps

Closing Circle

Saturday night: UNTALENT SHOW  

Sunday morning : YOGA

 

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