Category Archives: Education

Power in Purpose: Part 2-Policy Breakout

The first break out group considered the barriers to cooperatives and what policy changes can occur to break down those barriers.
My group (and many of the others) focused on three central areas: Education, Awareness, and Incentives.
Education needs to begin at … Continue reading

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Co-ops in the Miracle Mile

One of the more interesting projects that I have had the pleasure of working on over the last couple years is in southern Idaho. The town of Buhl is about 50 miles from the Nevada border along the Snake River. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and Co-operatives

Tomorrow, Pope Francis arrives for his first visit to the United States. This pope, hailing from Argentina, brings with him a message for all of us in terms of building our economies–the quest for wealth needs to be more than … Continue reading

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How Do We Measure Coops?

Last week I attended the Tools to Measure Performance and Impact at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. The conference was part of a several year research CURA known as the Measuring the Cooperative Difference. Part of my role with … Continue reading

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Democracy at Work Network

***Disclosure***
I was recently reelected to DAWN’s Board of Governors and the Training and Certification Committee. I am also a founding member of the organization. The following opinion (pitch, if you will) is all mine, however, and should not be seen … Continue reading

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Sensemaking in Worker Cooperatives

For my theory class, I am currently reading a classic article on sensemaking in organizations: “The Collapse of Sensemaing in Organizations: The Mann Gulch Disaster” by Karl Wieck
The article reviews Norman McLean’s “Young Men and Fire” and theorizes about … Continue reading

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Markets Can Be Healthy

As part of my studies this semester, I am reading the English edition of Cooperative Enterprise: Facing the Challenge of Globalization* by Stefano and Vera Zamagni.
In their opening chapters, they lead a discussion about the nature of cooperation (from their … Continue reading

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Towards a Cooperative Legislative Education Foundation

Cooperatives need to start being engaged in the development of public policy. This doesn’t mean taking sides in the bipartisan wars that often force US citizens to choose which party to support: the party supported by Wall Street that wants … Continue reading

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Co-ops Need to be Part of the 2012 Election Cycle

This morning I received an email from a friend about running for the county board. My response was supportive, with a caveat. Talk about how the County can promote cooperatives as a means of rebuilding a sustainable economy.
As the 2012 … Continue reading

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North American Worker Coop Conference This Week

If you happen to be near Quebec City this week, two exciting conferences will be taking place. The first is about business succession planning with an emphasis of selling businesses to one’s employees. The second in the first ever conference … Continue reading

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