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Conventus Italy – Italiano

The Italian learning system on OpenMoodle learning environment consists of following modules (Modulo)

  • General

    Learning Material

  • Modulo 1

    Material in Italian

    Module 1 – The history, ideology and status of the cooperative movement

    Principles of cooperation in Trentino


    • The Chart of Values: ethics as fundamental human aspect; ethics as essential aspect of economy; Christian values in the world of work.
    • Mutuality and solidarity: the “constitutional foundations” of cooperation; reasons for solidarity; care of the common good.
    • Social responsibility: responsibility towards people directly involved in the coop enterprise; social effects of work; development and welfare in society.
    •  Don Guetti’s inheritance: a priest caring for the needs of his people; the spirit of cooperation; relationship between church and the world of work in Trentino.

    Duration: an 8hr meeting

    Learning material:

    –          The Chart of Values of the Trentino cooperative system – an analysis of the values and principles that lay the foundations for the ethical reasons behind the cooperative movement is essential to understand the history of the cooperative movement in Trentino and it importance at international level. This is a summary of the evolution of cooperative ethics that pays particular attention to the indications given in the Chart of Values (file Coop Principles & Values – in Italian);

    –          The history of the cooperative system in Trentino region – (file history of coops Italy-Trentino- in Italian);

    –          The Trentino Cooperative model (file in Italian)

    –          Working papers  –  Euricse –  Cooperatives: The Italian experiences di Carlo Borzaga, Sara Depedri, Riccardo Bodini – (in English);

    –          Principi cooperativi per il ventunesimo secolo (Cooperative principles in the XXI century)  by Ian MacPherson

    –  e-module Cooperative culture (DEMO)

    –          Books- only titles:

    • Le cooperative by Alberto Ianes,2011,Carocci editore
    •  COOP- Il future dell’impresa cooperativa by Giulio Sapelli, 2006, Einaudi
    • La Cooperazione, tra mercato e democrazie by Stefano Zamagni and Vera Zamagni, 2008 Il Mulino

    Module 2. Making membership  – Members in cooperatives

    Being a board member in a cooperative means being able to make decisions advantageous to coop members. However, often there is no time taken to think about who the members actually are, what interests they may have, how they can be part of the coop, and what their rights and duties may be. It is therefore important to understand the different ways of concretizing the coop’s relationships with their members.


    • Categories of members in cooperatives
    • Stakeholders
    • Member numbers and requirements
    • Becoming a member
    • Member rights and duties, transferability of shares/ dividends
    • Member workers

    Basic module – one 3hr meeting; Advanced module – two 3hr meetings

    Learning material:

    –          The role of the cooperative member: the members of the cooperative, who they are, what interests they have, how they participate in cooperative activity, what their rights and duties are, what reasons there may be for losing membership ( File: Role member –  in Italian);

    –          Italian case studies (in Italian)

    –          The Ethical anchoring of corporate social responsibility and the critique of CSR, by prof. Stefano Zamagni –  Department of Economics – University of Bologna (in English)

    –  e-module Members’ duties & rights (DEMO)

    Material in Italian

    Module 3- Coops and community –  why setting up cooperatives

    In today’s world, coop enterprises can no longer be considered mere life jackets in case of an emergency. This means a challenge for the future will be to further elaborate competences of the coop enterprise and to strengthen specificities relating to the economic context. The coop enterprise should be even more firmly anchored to its territory and with the economic actors present. Entrepreneurship should mature from the connoted mutualistic-solidarity at the basis of cooperative enterprise in order to better respond to member needs.

    To continue carrying out a central role in the economic development of the territory, the coop enterprise should aim towards sustaining and actively involving the local community, to serve the local economy and to increase collective social responsibility.


    • Reciprocity and common good
    • Can cooperation innovate?
    • Community and territory – giving sense to action
    • Social accountability

    Basic module – one 3hr meeting; Advanced module – two 3hr meetings

    Learning material:

    –          Setting up a cooperative as entrepreneurial decision. The phase of setting up the coop, other than the formalities involved, is the vital moment when strategic decisions are taken for the future of the enterprise (File Setting coops- in Italian)

    –          Working paper n.017 | 11:  What differences does a century make? Considering some crises in the international cooperative movement, 1900 and 2000, by Ian Macpherson

    –          link Zamagni-

    –  E-modules Cooperative Enterprise (DEMO)

    Modulo 4

    Material in Italian

    1. Governing bodies, tasks and responsibilities of board members

    Board members should not only know who the coop members are, but should also know the internal organization of the coop enterprise.

    The idea of this module is to outline the structure and the operation of the governing body. The coop enterprise foresees a combination of organs with specific powers and competences that board members should be familiar with in order to work better with them.


    • Governing bodies of the coop
    • Board members’ responsibilities and roles
    • System of delegates

    Basic module – one 3hr meeting; Advanced module – two 3hr meetings

    Learning material

    • Management: prof. Celli:
    • The role of the cooperative member: the members of the cooperative, who they are, what interests they have, how they participate in cooperative activity, what their rights and duties are, what reasons there may be for losing membership (file member role in Italian);

    2. Vigilance over coops

    Going on to analyze some technical aspects of the coop enterprise, this module focuses on the relationship between the social functions of the coop and vigilance controls. The contents chosen are to inform board members of new regional regulations about vigilance over coops.


    • Why are coops subject to vigilance?
    • Prevailing and non-prevailing mutuality
    • Cooperative auditing/revision
    • Extraordinary inspection, punitive measures, legal control

    Basic module – one 3hr meeting

    Learning material

    • The cooperative enterprise: juridical principles and legislation – (file Coop law in Italian)
    •  Euricse Working paper n.002 | 10 : Italian co-operative law reform and co-operative principles, by Antonio Fici (in English)



    3. Living cooperation in the challenges of contemporary time  –  developing cultural competences for a better understanding of the current social environment to favour lifestyles coherent with the basic values and principles of cooperation.

    Learning material

    • Prof Sapelli.
    •  Research report: La cooperazione in trentino: formazione e caratteristiche del management  (The cooperation in Trentino: training and management features) by Carlo Borzaga e Sara Depedri (file Coop Management training in Italian)
    • Euricse Working Paper, N.023 | 12, Cooperative identity and the law, by Antonio Fici,


    Modulo 5

    Group activity




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