• Lead Member Co-operative Councils Innovation Network CCIN
  • Participating Members Billingham Town Council, Brent Council, Kirklees Council, Oldham Council, Preston City Council, Royal Borough of Greenwich, South Ribble Borough Council, Stevenage Borough Council, Sunderland City Council, Winsford Town Council
  • Year 2022
  • Status Policy Labs

Principles met

  • We will explore ways for councils to act as a platform for helping the community to contribute to local outcomes, and to re-think the role of councillors as community connectors, brokers and leaders.
  • We will embrace innovation in how we work with local communities to drive positive change.
  • We will capture and ‘expand’ the experience and learning from individual projects and approaches in order to encourage broader application of co-operative principles within individual member Councils and across the Network.
  • In exploring new ways of meeting the priority needs of our communities we will encourage models, such as co-operatives and mutuals, which give greater influence and voice to staff and users. in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • As a membership organisation, we will make this statement of our principles operational by: • Co-operation among members: Our members work together to help each other implement our values, sharing experiences and learning. • Openness of membership: Full, Associate and Affiliate Membership is open to any qualifying Council, organisation or individual who shares our values and is committed to putting them into action. • Co-production of the Network’s work: Members help shape the Network’s work programme and the content of events and written products. • Action-focused: The network is a vehicle for helping councils translate co-operative values and principles into policy and practice. •Membership-based: The network is majority funded by modest membership subscriptions from its member Councils, Associates and Affiliates. •Non-party-political: Members share the belief that working co-operatively within and across communities holds the key to tackling today’s challenges.

About the project

MONDRAGON is the outcome of a cooperative business project launched in 1956. Its website describes itself as “a dedicated group of people with a cooperative identity forming a business group that is profitable, competitive and enterprising, capable of successfully operating in global markets. Our organisation uses democratic methods in its corporate organisation, and its aims are employment, the personal and professional advancement of its workers, and the development of its community.”

The Region comprises: 95 coops | 80k people | 14 R&D Centres | 1st place in Basque business banking.

Mondragon is the epitome of a Co-operative Region and this visit is an investment in the CCIN Membership.

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