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Growth, Enterprise and Trade

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Cooperative Development Curriculum

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Introduction:

Growth, Enterprise & Trade 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.

Cooperative 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 Cooperative development. From concept to final operations, these tools are designed to guide and support skills development and learning.

Cooperative Development Curriculum materials:

How to use the Cooperative 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 Cooperative.

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

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Here are the seven internationally recognized Cooperative 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.

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To 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 Us:

Cooperative Development Services
Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade
250 - 240 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0J7

Phone: 204-726-7003
Fax: 204-948-1558
Toll-free: 1-866-479-6155
Email: co-ops@gov.mb.ca

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