Hi to all those interested in the Co-op Builder!
Farming Together have launched even more online resources. There is now a set of training modules dedicated to understanding how co-ops work and how to best use the Co-op Builder, particularly for distributing co-operatives. There is also a 2 part training session on what you need to do to start-up the co-operative business - e.g. what other registrations are needed and, most importantly, how the board needs to start towards understanding how to measure their progress towards their identified goals. These resources are all free at the Farming Together website at
In April 2018 Farming Together also launched 2 further versions of the Co-op Builder for non-distributing (not for profit) co-operatives.
The Co-op Builder accommodates both single and multi-stakeholder groups, just identify who the members/stakeholders are, what they want from the co-op and how they can contribute to the co-op and incorporate these into the primary activity and active membership rules.
An example of a multis-takeholder food co-operative is the Bathurst Wholefood Co-operative Ltd - you can see an example of how they have drafted their rules in the Co-op Builder.
In September - yes, this month, there is yet a further version of the Co-op Builder to be launched by the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals. The first one will be for distributing co-operatives, to be followed by non-distributing co-ops in November. This version of the Co-op Builder will not be confined to agricultural co-operatives, but will show how all kinds of industries, producers, workers etc can form co-ops and will have a range of different examples of co-ops as guides. It will be launched on www.getmutual.coop
So keep a look out for it!