What is the Co-operative Learning Centre?

Mobilizing Co-operative Knowledge

In collaboration with the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies (BCICS) is developing the Co-operative Learning Centre (CLC) project. The aim of the project is to create a collaborative online resource for co-operatives, co-op educators, and researchers worldwide.

Purpose of the Co-op Learning Centre
The central purpose of the CLC is to provide access to the wealth of co-operative knowledge and resources, in essence to mobilize this knowledge. The following is a list of the objectives of the CLC project:

  1. Serve the needs and interests of co-operative members, leaders and managers as well as the public, and anyone who is interested in co-operatives
  2. Provide a valuable tool for co-op education, training and human resource development
  3. Provide valuable information for researchers on co-operative themes
  4. Enable users to discover the varied resources and sources of information about co-operatives and their activities
  5. Make it easier to contact people with knowledge about co-ops and co-op theory
  6. Answer real needs of today's co-operatives, enhancing their economic and social effectiveness and their ability to respond to the needs of the members and communities they serve.

While the CLC has many benefits for the co-operative community on an international level, a major contribution will be providing the opportunity to address both the economic and the digital divide between the North and South.

So, how do you use this site?  It's easy...

1. You can learn about specific topics related to co-operatives by reading the Research Topics on the site.

2. You can browse the resource database by visiting the Resources section of the website.