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Alternative Business Models: Turning your Project/Enterprise into a Co-operative

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Starting up a social enterprise but unsure of which business model to adopt? Interested in turning your not- for- profit into a business? Keen to learn more about alternative business models?

From multinational giants like Rabobank, Oceanspray, Best Western Hotels and even FC Barcelona, to your local co-operative food store or community owned wind energy plant, co-ops are a viable alternative business model for communities to solve their collective needs.

Co- operatives offer an ethical, sustainable and proven business model that help to empower individuals and communities. They are democratically owned, more resilient in times of economic downturn and exist to serve the needs of their members who are also their owners.

Speakers at this workshop will offer their expertise and experience of working co-operatively in renewable energy, wholefood retail, banking and affordable housing.

By the end of the workshop attendees will have learnt:

- What a co-operative is and how to form one

- The benefits of co-operatives over other business structures

- Other young people’s perspectives on the values of working in a co-operative

- Ways to get involved in the co-operative movement

Workshop Details

WHAT: Alternative Funding Models: Co Operatives

PRESENTER: Co Operatives Australia

WHEN: Tuesday, 6 – 8pm, March 19th.

WHERE: Vibewire Hub, 525 Harris Street Ultimo 2007.

COST:

Free for Vibewire Residents (http://vibewire.org/become-a-resident/) $15 for Vibewire Hub Members (http://vibewire.org/become-a-vibewire-hub-member/) $30 for Non-Hub members

About the Speakers:

Nicky Ison – Community Power Agency

Nicky is a co-founder of the Community Power Agency, which supports community groups in navigating the process of setting up community owned renewable energy (CRE) projects.

Adam Taylor – Alfalfa House

Adam is co-ordinator at Alfalfa house, a not-for-profit food co-operative that aims to provide minimally packaged and processed, affordable, wholesome, organic food to its members.

Amelia Cox – CHOISES Young Women’s Housing Co-operative

Amelia currently serves as the financial officer of CHOISES, which provides affordable housing to young women in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Each member tenant fulfills a role in the co-operative.

Mitchell O’Gorman - International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) Secretariat

Mitchell worked for the IYC Secretariat throughout 2012, which was set up to co-ordinate Australia’s activities for the UN International Year of Co-operatives.

Useful links

www.australia2012.coop

www.stories.coop

www.2012.coop