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Co-operative and Social Enterprise Summer School 2015

28th – 30th August, York St John University

Cross-sector collaboration to build the social and solidarity economy: A three-day short course on co-operative and social enterprise approaches to development

The course provides UK and international participants with an opportunity to develop their knowledge about the rationale, purposes and practices of co-operative and social enterprises in order to frame educational curricula and entrepreneurship strategies in collaboration with: social entrepreneurs • universities • local, national and international development bodies • policy makers • co-operative members • work colleagues • financial institutions • business advisers • charity trustees. The course includes discussion of the origins and contemporary forms of co-operative and social enterprise.  Day 1 focuses on theoretical perspectives. Days 2 and 3 focus on applying theoryto practice. The course is delivered in English.

New for 2015:

  • Masterclasses on Governance and Legal Frameworks (Day 2)
  • Harnessing the Power of the Crowd -Open Space (Day 3)

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for anyone developing policies, commissioning frameworksand education programmesfor the social and solidarity economy.What will I do on the course?You will:

  • develop a robust response to public sector and private enterprise failure;
  • learn about the distinct member-ownership orientation of the social and solidarity economy
  • learn about the complex relationship between the social / solidarity economy and market trading;
  • compare and contrast third sector and social economy concepts, terms and organisations;
  • link governance theory to strategic managementusing a governance diagnostic tool;
  • apply democratic theory tochallenges in developing the social and solidarity economy;
  • develop an understanding of legal frameworks and legal structure for co-operatives and social enterprises.

The course is delivered by Dr Rory Ridley-Duff, Associate Professorin Co-operative and Social Enterprise at Sheffield Hallam University and Cliff Southcombe, Managing Directorof Social Enterprise EuropeLtd. Rory was a co-founder of Social Enterprise London -the UK’s first regional social enterprise agency while Cliff was a co-founder of the Social Enterprise Partnership, the first international social enterprise consultancy established in the UK. Together, they bring nearly 40 years of experience into the classroom.

Evening meals are self-funded: we arrange an optional outing to a networking event on local restaurant on Day 1. Participants arrange their own networking events on Day 2.

How do I book?

For details of costs / contact information visit https://see-summerschool2015.eventbrite.co.uk  or for possible sponsored places see

http://www.britishcouncil.org/society/social-enterprise/news-events/news-social-enterprise-summer-school