This website is called “Cooperatives plus” because the information it provides is relevant not only to co-ops but also to credit unions, community enterprises, friendly societies, building societies, savings and loan associations, mutual insurers and all other types of self-help enterprises. All authentic self-help enterprises exist to serve their members; this means delivering the outcomes that their members want, this makes them fundamentally different from any other form of enterprise.
From here on, we shall just talk about “co-ops”, but I ask you to understand that I am also referring to all of the many other different types of self-help enterprises.
The aim of this websiteThe aim of the website is to help all those involved in or with co-ops to organize and run them so that they are ‘fit-for-purpose’ in today’s world. The information included is intended to provide members, their leaders, their managers, and all others that seek to promote and support co-ops, with a clear understanding of what it takes to ensure that co-ops achieve their purpose and carry-out their true function whilst sustaining viability and democratic member control.
Pease note: the material, including the linked videos, are covered by a Creative Commons licence, which means that you are free to make use of it for training, educational and similar purposes, provided that its source is acknowledged.