Multistakeholder Co-ops 30 September

Manchester M60 0AS, United Kingdom

We have teamed up with Stir to Action to bring you a series of workshops. This is the first of three and is all about multi-stakeholder co-ops, facilitated by Kate Whittle.

Co-operatives are established for the benefit of their members—whether they are consumers, employees, tenants, users of mutual support services or savers and borrowers.

But life isn’t always that simple. What if you have members who don’t benefit themselves specifically, but who wish to support the venture? If you gloss over different interests —the interests of different ‘stakeholders’—you may be storing up potential problems for the future. The multi-stakeholder co-operative model offers a means to explicitly address the interests of all the stakeholders, be they employees, investors, users of the service, supporters or well-wishers, so different stakeholder groups can have a balanced voice in the business. You can bring in members from outside the main stakeholder groups as advisors, investors or ex-members holding sweat equity; they can participate, but with strictly limited rights.

‍The Workshop

  • A good understanding of what a multi-stakeholder co-operative is, the advantages offered by this model and some of the complexity
  • Awareness of some examples of multi-stakeholder co-ops, their successes and complexities
  • Practical experience of thinking about the design of a multi-stakeholder co-op


£60- Standard ticket/non members

£50- College members*

£40- Concessions including students and JSA*

*Evidence will need to be produced upon arrival to prove member/student/JSA status

We also welcome applications for bursaries, with more information on how you can apply for a bursary to cover the cost of your ticket here.

Facilitator Profile

Kate Whittle is an experienced trainer and facilitator, working in and with co-operatives of all kinds–both in the UK and overseas-for nearly 30 years. She is also a partner in Cooperantics LLP and secretary of Go-op Co-operative, aiming to be the first co-operative open access rail service in the UK.


The Co-operative College, an educational charity dedicated to the promotion of co-operative values, ideas and principles within co-operatives, communities and society.

Co-operative College, Holyoake House, Hanover St, Manchester M60 0AS.


Contact us with any questions, or if you would like to pay via alternate methods including cheque or bank account transfer.

The workshop will run 10:00 – 16:00

There are also a further two workshops in the series to come. The first of these is focused on exploring the past, present and future of money and will take place this October. More information on this is available here.

The final workshop will concentrate on community wealth building and will be held in November. More information is available here.

30th September to 30th September 2017
Manchester M60 0AS, United Kingdom