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TCI uses three categories for its training and consultation offerings: Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Conversions. Each category comprises a full program. You or your organization can choose an entire program, one training, a select few trainings, or request a custom training if you don't see listed what you need. For trainings outside of the Twin Cities, donations of $50-$150 from host cooperatives are welcome, but not required, to help cover travel and materials. If you are interested in one of the below or a custom training, please contact emily@northcountryfoundation.org with your inquiry.


ENTREPRENEURSHIP

These trainings and consultations support you, first, in learning the basics of cooperative philosophy and practice, as well as how a cooperative behaves in the marketplace in contrast to other types of business. Then, you are walked through the creation process of a cooperative business, and provided the opportunity to role play  key steps for organizing a cooperative. Below are several workshops (listed with their learning objectives) that can be mixed and matched to your needs. A trainer can also craft a unique training catering to the needs of  you or your group. Most trainings are 90 minutes in length unless otherwise noted and are best scheduled for 2 hours to allow for latecomers and clean up.

COOP 101

  • Provide an understanding of the Cooperative Identity -    
    • how the cooperative model is defined as a values and principles-based business or organization, and,
    • how cooperative structures have evolved over time into a specific model of organization and enterprise recognized globally.
  • Provide an understanding of how cooperatives work -
    • how cooperatives operate differently than conventional organizations,
    • how cooperatives are different from each other, and,   
    • how they are effective in all industries and sectors.        
  • Introduce the concept of the Profit Paradigm and encourage reflection on how it operates in our personal lives.

COOPS AS TOOLS

  • Build skills for assessing needs in a community context.   
  • Build skills for identifying when a cooperative is and isn't an appropriate solution or method.    

USING COOPS

  • Provide an opportunity for participants to actively apply both their needs     assessment skills and cooperative solution testing skills.    
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to gain group process skills by working in peer groups with the goal of reaching a point of agreement and completing a shared task.   
  • Provide an opportunity for participants to apply their knowledge and new skills to determine if and how a cooperative solution could be relevant to their own life or community.

DEVELOPING COOPS: UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS

  • Explore and define “development” and, in that broader context, define the practice and work of “cooperative development.”    
  • Provide a basic overview of the cooperative development process using the “Cooperative Development Continuum.”

DEVELOPING COOPS: COLLECTING YOUR PEOPLE 

 150 Minutes

  • Introduce the pedagogy of “group work” and “group process.”
  • Provide an opportunity to experience democratic process and to “experience”     cooperation by setting up a Steering Committee.
  • Provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and decision-making.

DEVELOPING COOPS: WRITING YOUR PLAN

150 Minutes

  • Provide an opportunity to experience democratic process and to “experience”  cooperation by beginning the process of Writing a Business Plan.
  • Provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and decision-making.
  • Provide an opportunity to experience the first steps in moving from ideation to a written articulation and action plan of the initial vision.

INTRAPRENEURSHIP

As a member or staff person of a cooperative, sometimes it can be challenging to take on a leadership role in changing or improving some aspect of the business’ operation or governance. Many of the same tips and tricks used by entrepreneurs to build new businesses can also be applied to exercising internal organizational leadership. These trainings and consultations support young people, first, in a deeper understanding of the cooperative model and movement - as this context is vital for recognizing pertinent issues to improve. Following, the program goes through the “dos” and “don’ts” of practicing intrapreneurship, including an interactive “what would you do?” activity prompting participants on common challenging organizational scenarios. Trainings are 90 minutes in length and are best scheduled for 2 hours to allow for latecomers and clean up.

COOP 202

  • Provide an understanding the Cooperative Movement and the aspirational nature of the Cooperative Identity.
  • Identify key areas for innovation in cooperative businesses that can benefit the broader cooperative economy.

INTRA-WHAT?

  • Provide an overview of the concept of intrapreneurship.
  • Demonstrate different instances of intrapreneurship in popular culture and the cooperative movement.

HOW TO LEAD FROM THE INSIDE

  • Present the various stages of an intrapreneurship process.
  • Provide an overview of tips and tricks for how to successfully navigate serving in an intrapreneurial role.
  • Practice making decisions around how to act as an internal leader in response to common challenges faced by cooperative businesses.

CONVERSIONS

Brief trainings are available in a one on one or small group format for current business owners looking to sell or leave their business in the next ten years. These trainings and consultations support business owners in understanding what the cooperative model. They also explain the possible benefits of converting a conventionally owned business to worker ownership for the selling business owner and the broader community. Trainings then help a business owner to assess whether they are a good candidate for a conversion and, if so, what the steps are to undertake the process. Most trainings are 90 minutes in length unless otherwise noted, and are best scheduled for 2 hours to allow for latecomers and clean up.

COOP 101

  • Provide an understanding of the Cooperative Identity -    
    • how the cooperative model is defined as a values and principles-based business or organization, and,
    • how cooperative structures have evolved over time into a specific model of organization and enterprise recognized globally.
  • Provide an understanding of how cooperatives work -
    • how cooperatives operate differently than conventional organizations,
    • how cooperatives are different from each other, and,   
    • how they are effective in all industries and sectors.        
  • Introduce the concept of the Profit Paradigm and encourage reflection on how     it operates in our personal lives.

COOPERATIVE CONVERSIONS: IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?

45 Minutes

  • Provide an overview of what characteristics make a business ripe for Cooperative Conversion.
  • Explore the personal and community benefits of Cooperative Conversions.
  • Go through a personal assessment to determine if your business is a Cooperative Conversion candidate.

COOPERATIVE CONVERSIONS: UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS

45 Minutes

  • Explore and define “Cooperative Conversion,” look at examples of existing cooperatives formed through conversions.
  • Provide a basic overview of the Cooperative Conversion process.