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The Common Share
37 minutes | Nov 25, 2022
Moving forward with your co-op start-up
In this episode, we talk to our new Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Cathy Edwards. As a founding member of Heartlinked Community Service Co-op, entrepreneur, and business plan writer, Cathy has great insights about getting a co-op running, hiring staff, getting your message out, and more!
39 minutes | Oct 28, 2022
How a co-op's leaders can create cohesion and purpose
Co-operatives are businesses that bring people together — but how do you make sure everyone involved in your co-op is working towards the same goal? In this episode, our Director of Education Kyle White talks about what a co-op's leaders can do to make sure its members, staff, and board are all on the same page about the co-op's purpose and goals, which is key to its success. To learn more about this topic, take our FREE Co-op Professional certificate course: https://cooperativesfirst.com/become-a-certified-co-op-professional/
33 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Building inclusive co-op resources
Co-ops can be a great way for people to tackle local issues and embrace opportunities. But not everyone has access to resources that can help them learn about the model in a way that speaks to them. The non-profit organization In My Own Voice (iMOVe) recently created a guidebook to starting conversations about co-operatives, written specifically for Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour (BIPOC). In this episode, Laurie Cook talks about why and how they created this guide, and why it's important to create resources with the audience in mind.
33 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
Co-ops, fiduciary duties, and the case of MEC
In this episode, we talk to Dr. Anna Lund about what fiduciary duties are, what they mean for co-ops, and take a deep dive into the decisions made by the board of Mountain Equipment Co-op. Dr. Lund is a law professor at the University of Alberta who studies insolvency and bankruptcy law, and gives an insightful look at some key concepts for co-op boards.
26 minutes | Jul 22, 2022
Co-ops and sustainability: A conversation with FCL's Vern Albush
Federated Co-operatives Limited is committed to sustainability. In this episode, FCL's Director of Sustainability, Vern Albush, joined us to talk about what sustainability means, and why co-ops are well-placed to be leaders in sustainable practices.
26 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
An abundance approach to economic development
In this episode, Karri-Lynn Paul tells our Indigenous Relations Lead Trista Pewapisconias about the "abundance" approach to economic and community development. In this approach communities ask, "what gifts and talents do we already have?" and build on those advantages.
25 minutes | May 6, 2022
Using co-ops to combat housing crises
Across Canada, housing costs are rising. Housing co-operatives have often been used to provide stable, affordable housing, and more people are interested in how co-ops can work in the current environment. Union Co-operative is a new housing co-op in Waterloo, Ontario that aims to provide permanent affordable housing by having members collectively purchase properties. Its Executive Director, Sean Campbell, spoke to us about this co-op, how it works, and what it hopes to provide in the context of an ever-increasing cost of living.
37 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Real insights about co-op startups: A conversation with Cathy Edwards
In this helpful discussion, entrepreneur and consultant Cathy Edwards gives insights into the process of starting a co-operative and how to plan for sustainability and success.
39 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Living Rural on Purpose, with Mary Doyle
Living in small towns shouldn't be seen as just a cheap alternative to cities. People should choose to live in rural areas because they love their communities and the lifestyle they provide. Rural futurist Mary Doyle, founder of ruralonpurpose.com, spoke to us about intentional rural living and envisioning the future of small communities.
25 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Choosing leaders by lottery
Co-ops tend to choose their boards of directors through elections at their annual meetings. But are there other methods? In this episode, Dr. Simon Pek from the University of Victoria discusses the idea of using a lottery instead of an election to select a co-op board. Check out this episode for a breakdown of an interesting and innovative democratic process.
35 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
A capital problem: a cut-and-wrap co-op hits the chopping block
Not every co-op project works out. Sometimes groups with good intentions decide the business won't pan out the way they'd hoped — but even the "unsuccessful" projects provide valuable progress. In this episode, Co-operatives First board member and cattle producer Eric Moes talks about starting and ultimately letting go of a co-op project, and the lessons learned along the way.
25 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Brave Co-op: Saving lives with technology
Tanner speaks with Gordon Casey from Brave Co-op — a tech co-operative in BC that's created overdose-preventing apps and products. This incredible co-op is making a real difference in people's lives, and Casey talks about the company's approach and how its products save lives.
29 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
Starting co-ops with Start.coop
In this episode, Business Development Lead Heather Hallgrimson spoke to Jessica Mason, Co-director of Start.coop. This organization helps get co-ops started in the United States, and Heather and Jessica speak about their experience with co-op start-ups, whether co-ops need to scale, and much more.
20 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Eva Co-op puts members in the driver's seat
Montreal-based Eva Co-op is a rideshare and delivery service co-operative that puts its members in the driver's seat. Eva was launched in 2019 in part as a response to similar companies that often failed to support their workers. In this episode, Tanner spoke to Eva COO Dardan Isufi about this innovative co-op and how it has adapted to the changing economy.
26 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Daycare co-ops with Dr. Jen Budney
Canada has work to do when it comes to providing childcare options for families. But by starting a co-op, parents can create a daycare that provides them with the spaces and services they need. In this episode, Dr. Jen Budney from the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives talks about the landscape of Canadian daycare and how co-ops can play a part in making things better.
22 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Idea-friendly communities with Becky McCray
People in small towns have great ideas for improving their communities — but getting started can be intimidating. Becky McCray — small-town entrepreneur and creator of the website Smal Biz Survival — spoke to us about fostering "Idea friendly" communities, and starting small to make big changes.
15 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
New Feeling writers' co-operative
Canada's media industry is in a tough spot. In the latest episode of the Common Share, hear how the people behind New Feeling — a co-op of music writers — are using a co-op to make their work more sustainable.
34 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Multi-stakeholder co-ops: When are they the right fit?
What is a multi-stakeholder co-op? Why would you choose to use this model? This episode explores these questions with two knowledgeable guests: Manitoba lawyer Kristen Wittman, and Stocksy United CEO Mike Cook. Listen to learn more about this interesting co-op structure, and the circumstances when it is a good choice for your business.
31 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Indigenous economies and co-ops, with Senator Marty Klyne
We are so pleased to bring you this conversation with Senator Marty Klyne. Senator Klyne has a wealth of knowledge and experience with economic development in Indigenous communities and is an advocate for the use of co-operative businesses. We're honoured to have him on the podcast to give his insights from a long and impressive career.
45 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Economic Development on First Nation with Chief Darcy Bear
Whitecap Dakota First Nation has achieved immense economic growth in the past 30 years. In this fascinating episode, Chief Darcy Bear talks about the success of his Nation's economic development strategy, the history of his community, and the importance of collaboration.
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