Mutual Mindset: An Introduction to Co-operatives and Mutuals

Mutual mindset: An introduction to co-operatives and mutuals course

Mutual Mindset: An Introduction to Co-operatives and Mutuals

Do you have new employees unfamiliar with co-operative and mutual structures and their purpose? Or do you have directors and executives looking to deepen their knowledge of the sector? This is a 2-hour online program designed to provide a general introduction to the co-ops and mutual industry in Australia and globally.

This course is suitable for anyone new to co-operatives and mutuals and those looking for a refresher and information on the live sector. It can be tailored to your existing induction training program, or your employees can take one of our online classes throughout the year.

It is facilitated by well-known co-operative development expert Antony McMullen and includes live interaction and a guest speaker.

About this course

The key objective is to educate and inspire people working in the sector to understand more about the unique role and contribution of co-operatives and mutuals to help them in their role in their co-operative or mutual, whether frontline staff, management or directors. It will help build a meaningful connection between the employee and the wider co-operative and mutual sector, as well as strengthen the relationship with their individual employer.

This is achieved through a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles which underpin co-operatives and mutuals as businesses that put purpose, people, and communities at the heart of the enterprise.

It is delivered in a live, interactive webinar structure with a unique live Q&A with two sector leaders. Knowledge is delivered in a fun and accessible format.

By undertaking the course, your employees will learn:

  1. About the co-operative and mutual business model and how it is different to other kinds of business structures.
  2. About the purpose of co-ops and mutuals and how they are structured to benefit members.
  3. Some real examples of co-ops and mutuals through case studies.
  4. How co-ops and mutuals are started here and around the world.
  5. Why working for a co-op or mutual matters – in a live conversation with a senior co-op or mutual business leader.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, attendees will be able to demonstrate their understanding of:

  • The size, scale and impact of the co-op and mutual sector in Australia.
  • The unique nature and fundamental concepts of co-operative and mutual businesses.
  • Similarities and differences from other business models, including shareholder owned businesses.
  • The origins and development of co-operatives and mutuals in Australia and overseas (including mutual ADIs, Friendly Societies, agricultural and retail co-ops).
  • The seven global co-operative principles and the three mutual values.
  • Why co-operatives and mutuals matter to a sustainable economy and society.

Length: 2 hours

Delivery mode: Online

Professional development: 2 CPD points are awarded

Cost

  • BCCM Member (1–9 registrations) – $253 plus GST and booking fee
  • BCCM Member (10+ registrations) – $197 plus GST and booking fee
  • Non-BCCM Members – $454 plus GST and booking fee

Dates

Bookings

Book online.

Email the BCCM education team if you require additional information or to express your interest in attending one of the above course dates.

Meet the Co-op Leaders

The Mutual Mindset: An Introduction to Co-operatives and Mutuals is delivered in a live, interactive webinar structure with a unique live Q&A with a sector leader.

Watch as co-operative development expert Antony McMullen interviews guest sector leaders.

Watch 'Back to our co-op roots'

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