This new workshop explores how co-operatives have emerged and changed in response to periods of crisis. The lessons we learn will help us think about how a co-operative can be many things: resilient, an ethical business model, and/or a social movement and idea that is full of hope, tensions and challenges.

Co-ops in crisis magazine

The workshop will see  Principal and CEO Dr Cilla Ross join forces with Liz McIvor, Manager at the Co-operative Heritage Trust, to co-deliver the session.

You'll engage with a variety of sources and artefacts from the Co-operative Archive through active learning, examining how they reflect the huge changes that the co-operative movement has gone through since 1840. You will also be provided with a Resource Pack in advance of the session.

What will I learn?

During the workshop we'll look at:

  • How modern co-operation emerged as a social movement in response to crisis
  • How co-operation grew, consolidated and became feared as a challenger to UK capitalism
  • How it entered a period of long decline.
  • How the co-operative movement responds to contemporary crisis, including the global pandemic.

You'll leave with a comprehensive understanding of how co-operatives have dealt with societal challenges and changes from as far back as the 1840's, as well as some examples of how  co-operatives are dealing with the current covid-19 crisis. 

The workshop will also use online tools and technology, giving you an interactive experience of co-operative history and practice at times of crisis.

Meet the tutors

Dr Cilla Ross

Dr Cilla Ross Headshot

Cilla is Principal of the Co-operative College. She is a work sociologist, interested in 19 and 20th century educational and social movements, and the history of 'now and the future'. She is also an expert in qualitative and narrative research methods and is committed to critical pedagogy.  

Liz McIvor

Liz McIvor headshot

Liz manages the Co-operative Heritage Trust; an independent charity formed to look after the material heritage of the British Co-operative Movement. It operates Rochdale Pioneers Museum and the Co-op Archive in Manchester.

She is a museums professional with a background in social and industrial history.

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions that you'd like to ask about the course then our Learning and Development team are happy to help. Get in touch via the button below and one of the team will reply to your query ASAP.

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Member Discount

Individual and Organisational members are entitled to 15% off the price of a standard ticket for this course. Just enter the code at checkout.

Not an individual member? Join from as little as £4 per month. See more about our membership offer here.

Like many charities, our work has been severely impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

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Bookings for this online workshop are now closed. If you'd like to join a future session then please register your interest by emailing [email protected]