CDL9 is structured with three intensive weekends. The first weekend's theme is Organizational Design. Topics are relevant to the group attending and generally include patterns in organizational structure, power dynamics, behavioral goal setting and regenerative systems, cooperative principles and ecosystems. The second weekend centers on Membership and Membership Skills. We unpacking issues feedback and communication, conflict management, network and relationship building, recruiting and keeping members, and training protocols. The final weekend in the series is all about Culture Work. We will tackle challenging issues pertaining to core values, diversity and anti-oppression, democracy, shared vision and mission, facilitation, marketing approaches, and working with technical assistance.

Throughout the course, webinars will be presented by various experts on topics relevant to cooperative development. These webinars are open to alumni, partner organizations and the curious public. There will also be homework that includes readings, films, group projects, and journal work. 


What you put in is what you get out. We recommend you attend all three of the weekends, do the independent work that we provide, and join us for our remote opportunities, like webinars, peer-support opportunities, and mentor-ship. 

Applications are due by Feb 4 2017 for Cooperative Design Lab 2017. Complete Registration details will follow.

Click HERE to apply!


Are you involved in the relational work of creating a co-op culture? Do you serve on a cooperative board of advisers or directors? Are you a philanthropic group funding cooperative projects? Are you a co-op member in the role of manager or lead on a committee?

CDL9 participants come from a wide variety of fields and privileges. Some belong to a non-profit, some a LLCs. There are no-profit mutual-aid initiatives and coalitions of like-minded and well established organizations that realize that they will be stronger working together. Participation is open to people from all walks of life. Our classrooms are culturally diverse, and include people of varying age, physical ability, language, gender, race, class and religion.

The application will provide you a chance to explain the cooperative project you are part of, share a little bit about yourself and your familiarity with cooperatives. We will contact all who apply. Space is limited to 9 people and the course runs once a year.


The CDL9 tuition is offered on a sliding scale and we ask participants to select the rate that best applies to their situation. Limited scholarships are available, and there is a Generosity Circle option that allows people with greater access to financial capital to sponsor participants who would otherwise be unable to attend. Residents of rural communities and persons associated with disadvantaged social groups (women, LGBTQ, teens, immigrants) are encouraged to apply.

Early bird registration ($50 discount per person on prices below) is available through October 1, 2017.

$350 -- Concessions - Students, Unwaged, Pensioners (limited availability)

$450 -- Low waged (under 10k/yr)

$550 -- Non-profit - waged

$650 -- Enterprise leader and Investor

We never want money to be a barrier in participating in this course, so we will do everything we can to make it work for you to attend. Please email cooperativedesignlab@gmail.com to set up a time to talk about how this course will support your community.

Generosity Circle

We invite all to practice generosity. If you are in position to offer a gift of $50 or more to support others to attend, please do so. Additional donations above the course price are welcome and help us provide scholarships (they are also tax-deductible). Thank you. Donations can be made through our fiscal sponsor to:

Cooperative Design Lab

c/o Permaculture Association of the Northeast (P.A.N.)
P.O. Box 3461
Amherst, MA 01004-3461