Uruguayan cooperatives have launched a new tool to foster knowledge sharing among cooperatives and boost innovation.
Named Canvas, the tool structures thinking and helps to include different elements in project design processes that can be very important both to improve the idea and to increase its chances of success when applying it.
The Canvas can help cooperatives find innovative solutions to problems, or question what they already know and always do. The tool also reflects the realities and necessities of cooperatives and their distinct values and principles.
“The canvas is a tool to think collaboratively and innovate, and we hope that this particular tool is better adapted to what cooperatives need,” says the platform’s website.
The initiative is run by the Federation of Worker Cooperatives of Uruguay (FCPU), Incubacoop and La Diario, with the support of the National Development Agency (ANDE).
The Canvas was created through various meetings where cooperatives shared their experiences, exchanged knowledge and collaborated to come up with a tool that helps them to promote innovation processes.
A guide on how to use the Canvas, which is available in Spanish, can be found at https://canvas.fcpu.coop/guia-de-uso/.
Watch the video where cooperators explain the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_u3KRLoAu8