This course provides an opportunity for anyone interested in
the FairShares Model to explore and apply it to their work. In addition to
exploring values and principles, key questions, approaches to learning (and
decision-making), students will use a range of FairShares auditing and
diagnostic tools to gather information needed to develop a plan for a
FairShares enterprise. In the final stages of the course, students will learn
how to use a FairShares Canvass to prepare for the creation of a new social
enterprise and generate a draft constitution for a new FairShares company,
cooperative, partnership or association.
Upon completion, you will become a Certified FairShares Practitioner.
It includes eight learning activities that you can study daily or weekly. By the end of the course, you will have a good overview of FairShares V3.x and be able to start the process of creating new enterprises or use your knowledge in cooperative/social enterprise education.
seeking to (re)design a social enterprise to be more responsive to multiple
stakeholders (particularly social entrepreneurs, labour, users and investors).
- Enterprise educators wishing to develop
or encourage the study of social enterprise development in their courses (to
advance knowledge of the social economy, social enterprise, cooperative
development and sustainable development).
- Describe and explain the FairShares Model
- Describe and explain the five building blocks of a FairShares Lab
- Apply the FairShares Model to questions about enterprise development
- Explore, develop and use the FairShares Canvass
- Use a FairShares Canvass to prepare for the incorporation of a FairShares enterprise.
Self-study (individual or group) through:
- Exploration of FairShares videos, websites and materials
- Use of FairShares social auditing tools and advanced diagnostics
- Reading/critiquing short (2 – 4 page) documents
- Structured learning activities
- Group discussion and peer-review (face-to-face mode only).
You can study at your own pace or join a cohort of students to study a topic a week.
- Navigating FairShares Websites
- The Meaning of Wealth
- FairShares Values and Principles
- Key Questions for Co-operative Social Enterprises
- Co-operative Learning and Development
- Legal Choices for Co-operative Social Enterprises
- Technology Platform to Support Development
- Building a FairShares Canvass
The resources below are your pre-reading/learning activities before you start the course.