Co-operative Development Strategy

At Congress 2016, Dame Pauline Green will introduce a draft framework for a co-operative development strategy. Following this, there will be sessions to discuss and refine the framework throughout the day on 18 June.

Book your place at Congress and be amongst the first to help steer a new co-operative development strategy for the UK. 

Theme 1: Embrace co-operative excellence 

  • We have an extraordinary opportunity to build for success if the 7,000 co-operatives in the UK, with a turnover of £37 billion, choose to embrace co-operative excellence.  This includes commercial performance, member engagement and integrity against values. The single most important factor that can support achievement in relation to these is outstanding leadership and governance.
  • What do we need to achieve this? What practical actions can co-operatives large and small take to embrace co-operative excellence?

Theme 2: Practice co-operation among co-operatives

  • The most effective way to widen co-operative enterprise is to harness some of the muscle and voluntary spending power of existing co-operatives, by being creative but rigorous in terms of being open to high quality results from fellow co-operatives or new co-operative ventures.
  • What can we put in place to encourage more co-operation among co-operatives? What would make it easier, and more widespread?

Theme 3: Be open to innovation

  • Tomorrow’s co-operatives which will extend the control people have over things that matter to them will emerge from innovation today, and we know that the engagement and support of existing co-operatives has a proven track record in terms of outstanding new co-operatives.
  • What do we need to do to ensure co-operatives are open to innovation? And what do we need to do make sure that people can benefit from and lead new forms of co-operative innovation?

This is a really unique opportunity to get involved in what could be an exciting venture for the co-op sector. This is just the start, but together we will create a co-operative development strategy that will enable more people to work together and take control of the things that matter to them.

The co-operative development strategy will be created with people from across the co-operative and wider social economy sector through interviews, an online census of co-ops large and small, as well as the workshop sessions at Congress on 18 June. 

Hear more from Dame Pauline Green in a short video over on the co-operative development strategy website, and read more about how you can get involved.

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