Opportunities and Resources
The embedded spreadsheet below shows a wide variety of opportunities, academic and otherwise, related to building knowledge about and for co-ops. Please contribute to it at this link, and insert a new row for each item you add. Just don’t delete any of the headings or anyone else’s contributions, especially in the “Comments/Tips/Gossip” column, although please add your own in the same cell if you wish. Violators will be eaten by a parliament of fierce young Pine Owls.
Also, read on below the embedded spreadsheet for some clarification of terms.
*Co-op staff/members/practitioners*: Please feel free to post in the comments at the bottom of this page:
– any research questions you’d like to see taken on;
– any learning opportunities (paid or unpaid) you would offer to emerging co-op
We’ll collate and organize these later.
Why duplicate this existing international list of co-op research-dedicated organizations? Two reasons (of many):
– Many co-op-relevant programs and faculty are “hiding” amongst disparate departments across the world and don’t fit into any official lists.
– This list allows you to share “secrets,” hidden resources, reviews, comments, and gossip about many of these opportunities and resources (although keep it clean and fair).
The three main categories are broken down as follows:
“ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES FOR CO-OP RESEARCHERS”: This is the most obvious category (we hope).
“NOT-STRICTLY-ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES FOR CO-OP RESEARCHERS”: Not every student of co-ops wants to be an academic their whole life; indeed, most will want to be “practitioners” (the term which many in the co-op world use to describe co-op members and staff, as opposed to folks who only study co-ops). And even many academics are also practitioners as well.
“NON-ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES/RESOURCES FOR NON-ACADEMIC CO-OP RESEARCHERS (I.E; RESEARCHING PRACTITIONERS)”: This one seems obscure, but it’s important. Folks working in/with co-ops do “research,” too, even if they don’t call it that, every time they survey their members, assess their social impacts, or compare their finances to similar co-ops. While not all of this research can be made public, that of it which can be publicized would greatly benefit similar co-ops.