Manitoba

Housing and Community Development

Co-operative Development Curriculum

Introduction:

Housing and Community Development supports the principle that to create healthy communities for all Manitobans, the public sector, the private sector, the social economy and individuals must work collaboratively.

Development activities are already happening at the community level across the province. Citizens and government have an opportunity to build upon community efforts in addressing diverse and changing community needs. A community led model helps align community development programs with housing services to offer solutions that are responsive to the community and encourage the full participation and social independence of Manitobans.

Co-operative development is an important tool in community economic development and the creation of healthy sustainable communities. Skills development, management and leadership are key components of successful cooperatives. A series of modules have been created as learning tools for groups and individuals who are interested in co-operative development. From concept to final operations, these tools are designed to guide and support skills development and learning.

Co-operative Development Curriculum materials:

How to use the Co-operative Development Phase workbooks:

The goal of each module is to present concepts in a brief and interesting way, focusing on core concepts and utilizing quantitative techniques, checklists and self evaluation to allow the user to understand the key concepts from assessing a business idea, to creating the business to operating a co-operative.

The "Magnifying Glass" boxes emphasize material in the module that is of particular importance and should be emphasized.

magnifying glassHere are the seven internationally recognized co-operative principles that have been developed over time and are still in use today:

The "Critical Thinking" boxes contain key module information that adds additional clarity to the concepts proposed.

critical thinkingTo define outcomes, ask yourself, "Why are we starting this? What do we want to be different as a result? How will we know we have finished?" These questions help define outcomes and allow us to communicate them effectively.


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Contact Co-operative Development Services:

Co-operative Development Services
Manitoba Housing and Community Development
400 - 352 Donald Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2H8

Phone: 204-945-3379
Fax: 204-948-1065
Toll-free: 1-866-479-6155
Email: co-ops@gov.mb.ca


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