The Workshop

The CoopWorkshop blog is an online ‘workshop’ – a place where people interested in social enterprise can find help and fresh opportunities online. It also features inspiring stories and interviews with people who are already imagining and building the common good through social enterprise.

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A special event just before Christmas with Professor Tim Mazzarol

Prof. Tim Mazzarol (University of Western Australia) Join Australia’s leading co-operative and mutual enterprise (CME) academic Tim Mazzarol with Jude Perera, MP, fresh from his sojourn in the co-operative mecca of Mondragon and Julie Markoff Miller of bHive Bendigo at the quirky Kelvin Club for an evening of lively discussion: Understand the opportunities that ...
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Twitter catches a Platform Cooperative cab to New York?

Image: Sofia Sabbagh (CoopWorkshop artist-in-residence) The second Platform Cooperativism conference is about to begin in New York. Melburnian Darren Sharp will be a speaker. Last June we had our own Platform Cooperativism gig here in Melbourne (featuring Van Badham moderating), and it sparked quite a bit of interest. A follow up event at ...
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Sketching out cooperation one post at a time

Sofia Sabbagh in foreground - Sofia is the inaugural Workshoper artist-in-residence (with Antony McMullen CoopWorkshop founder looking into the distance). As any blogger would know it's a discipline to write regularly about your area of interest. It can be the same for an artist. Many work sporadically. However there is another ...
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Lifting accounting standards for our common humanity

  A capitalist economic system involves human relationships being extensively mediated by capital. Capital is generally used as a term to denote productive resources; however in a capitalist system the meaning of ‘productive’ is a very narrow one: a resource is ‘productive’ if and only if it can be used to generate ...
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Ingredients for employee-ownership success

Not all co-operative social enterprises are employee-owned. Some are owned by 'consumers' of a service or there can be multi-stakeholder owned and governed enterprises where employees have a seat at the board table. For Workshoppers needing a crash course in employee-ownership this clip is a good primer. It features the head of ...
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Get Mutual links to CoopWorkshop

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) has launched Get Mutual, a new online resource on setting up and running co-operatives. Get Mutual links to helpful organisations, advisors and experienced professionals to help with people’s co-operative developments. CoopWorkshop is proud to be listed by Get Mutual as an advisory group. Visit the Get Mutual ...
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Rage, lament and co-operative hope

Workshopper, Tim Wallace offers us his thoughts on the recent CoopWorkshop, Buying back the farm ... with Senator Madigan and Assistant Secretary Moase and Fish Farmer Chignell. CoopWorkshop was inspired by the deep values expounded the Senator, the vision of the union official and the hope for new co-operative enterprise ...
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Buying back the farm: cooperating for sustainability on the land

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7pm Melbourne Book here Climate change and encroachment by mining is causing rapid change in rural communities across Australia. With greater concentration of ownership and less diversity in farming communities, people from across social and political divides are looking for alternative ways to sustainably address the problem of food ...
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Changing Work / Making Change

Our first CoopWorkshop is coming up. The upcoming Workshop is entitled: Changing Work / Making Change: Cooperatives and the Solidarity Economy and has been organised in association with Borderlands Co-Operative. It will be exploring problems with our current economic system and its failure to provide secure, dignified livelihoods for many people. ...
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