Session materials from "Co-ops and the University: Negotiating the Fragile Terrain," which was led by Steve Dubb (Democracy Collaborative) at NASCO Institute 2014.
This workshop will discuss how to define, leverage, and maintain relationships between your co-op and adjacent or affiliated colleges. Sometimes there are conflicts, including some that can endanger a co-op's existence. Yet co-ops also provide universities with many benefits, which your co-op might be able to leverage into partnerships that can greatly benefit your co-op and even facilitate expansion. Bring your own stories, both positive and negative, and we can discuss such challenges as leases, growth, marketing, contracts, liability, academic support, navigating crises, and institutionalizing community.