Coop Orientation

The cooperative way of doing business exists to combine visionary social ideas with the economic realities of running a business. It is a business voluntarily owned and controlled by the people who use it and is operated solely for the benefit of its owner owners people working together for their mutual benefit, achieving goals through cooperation that the individual could not achieve on their own. Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative owners believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for In addition to their common values all co-ops share seven basic principles. They serve as guidelines for how to put ideals and values into practice, distinguishing co-ops from other types of businesses.


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Coop Business Model

Think.COOP is designed for people like you who are interested in joining or starting a cooperative. During this orientation, you will analyse how supportive relationships and cooperation can help you pursue opportunities to improve your livelihood, learn about the fundamentals of a cooperative business, and understand the conditions under which the cooperative is a better way to doing business or your work. At the end of this orientation, you will be better able to decide whether the cooperative business model is right for you.


Think. Coop facilitator’s guide provides in-depth information on how to organize and facilitate Think. COOP training. The guide explains how to plan a Think. Coop training, provides guidance on facilitation. techniques and provides step-by-step descriptions of the learning activities in the Think. Coop training guide, including key messages to be shared with participants. It also serves as a reference to expand on concepts and explain topics and activities of the Think.COOP training guide.

New Member Orientation

Developing and conducting an organizational recruitment campaign is very important. Yet, as we all know, retaining these new members is entirely another matter. All too frequently groups skip any form of orientation and just place their new members directly on committees or organizational projects. Although involvement is crucial to the longevity of the group, understanding the organization and its goals, objectives, structure, norms and taboos is equally as important. By taking the time to orient new members to the privileges and responsibilities of membership, you create a more educated membership and a more productive organization - people who can and will make significant contributions to the organization.

Orientation Should Stress Governance

While most boards receive an orientation, there is diversity in the content, delivery, and frequency. There is even debate as to whether the process is for new leaders or if the entire board should be included. At one association I noticed that when orientation began the seasoned board members left for the lounge --- leaving the new directors to be briefed by staff. It was a missed opportunity for the seasoned leaders to share their knowledge. Orientation is not simply a “test drive” or a familiarization tour for new directors. The primary purpose is to share information and discuss governance.

Orientation Should Be More Than A Familiarization Tour

Orientation Should Be More Than A Familiarization Tour

Orientation Packet

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Orientation to Cooperatives

The cooperative way of doing business exists to combine visionary social ideas with the economic realities of running a business. It is a business voluntarily owned and controlled by the peo ple who use it and is operated solel y for the benefit of its owner owners p eople working together for their mutual benefit, achieving goals through cooperation that the individual could not achieve on their own.

Orientation to Co-ops and to Wheatsville Co-op

The cooperative way of doing business is a fascinating one—one that tries to mix visionary social ideals with the economic realities of running a business. By almost any measurement, co-ops have been important to economic development in the United States as well as throughout the world. As a co-op employee, you join millions of people working to put this visionary idea into practice every day. In this orientation and training program, you will learn about:

Promoting cooperatives

Recently and particularly since the beginning of the global crisis in 2008, we have witnessed increased attention being paid to alternative economic models, including cooperatives. In the 1980s and 1990s, with deep trust in unbridled market forces in many quarters there was a tendency to dismiss the potential of cooperatives and they were often portrayed as models from a previous era that had ‘outlived their usefulness’.

Bringing New Cooperatives to Life

The more historically inclined people in the cooperative movement have found that the periods when coops have experienced the strongest waves of development are the times when they have enjoyed widespread popular support. The vision of our movement is to facilitate the use of cooperatives to serve the needs and hopes of students, activists, and neighbors in every community in North America. However, coops exist in only a small percentage of cities and college campuses and serve a tiny fraction of the total housing market.

Can a Co-op Director be Held Personally Liable

The Appellate Division, First Department decision in the case of Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. et al. v. The Dakota, Inc., et al. continues to be the subject of much discussion in the legal community. This case represents a wakeup call for every director of a cooperative corporation or condominium association alerting them once again that they cannot hide behind the “Business Judgment” rule when issues of discrimination are involved.

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