Education for Co-operation: How do we educate co-operators?

March 12th, 2014

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network presented this webinar to explore how the co-operative sector employs their 5th principle of co-operation – education, training and information. The featured speakers were Karen Miner, Christina Clamp and Erin Hancock.

Karen spoke about the status of a current study for the 2014 International Summit Co-operatives on the state of co-operative management education. Also, she profiled the International Consortium of Leaders in Co-operative Business Education – a new, global network of institutions providing education and training for co-operative enterprises.

Chris reported on a US-focused cooperative inventory project that captured: the scope of educational and/or training programs and materials; evaluation of specific materials; identification of other outstanding materials; and gaps in, or problems with, cooperative educational materials.

Erin provided the results of a scan of Canadian co-op educational initiatives including those undertaken by primary co-ops, federations, universities and consultants. This research provides an understanding of what type of work is happening and points to opportunities for improvement as well.


  • Karen Miner is the Managing Director of graduate level Co-operative Management Education at Saint Mary’s University.
  • Chris Clamp is a professor of sociology at Southern New Hampshire University and director of the doctoral program in Community Economic Development and of the Center for Co-operatives and CED.
  • Erin is the Manager of Research and Education for the Canadian Co-operative Association/Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada.


Webinar Documents

 Emerging Co-op Research Showcase - Webinar Slides (PDF)

Webinar Slides (PDF)