Following a 2-year research and consultation process, MCTIC-affiliated co-operatives constituted a 2nd tier marketing cooperative aiming to prepare and market meat & animal by-products. In support to the eight founding cooperatives and the project team, I am reviewing and providing guidance on the business plan, organizational bylaws and governance structure to facilitate a successful launch and smooth, purpose-driven management of the cooperative.
Might Quebec’s labor & cooperative ecosystem welcome a co-operative model such as SMart’s to answer self-employed worker’s social benefit and social protection needs? Over 2 months, I lead a high-powered series of consultations, a public awareness campaign, and completed a feasibility study that gauged ecosystem readiness, stakeholder interest and culminated in a day-long co-design session with our most important partners : self-employed people themselves.
In a data driven funding environment, creators must be able to measure their social & cultural impact... alongside their ticket sales. How might a platform equip them to meet these requirements more easily? Which business type best suits creators' current needs, complements the equipment currently at their disposal, and provide the adaptability to ensure it's future proof? The result : containers that could hold their needs, as a foundation for the next stages of stakeholder mobilisation, design, and development.
Might a conversion to the cooperative model support [or hinder] a social enterprise’s scaling and mission alignment? What shifts might be involved in operations, revenue model and governance? What about group culture & individuals’ power, status and personal responsibility for this conversion to succeed? It's wise to know what may lie ahead before everyone is involved.
Might a brokerage service for wool be a one-stop-shop solution, providing MCTIC with a long-term income stream and its member co-operatives with a value-added service that ensures their own sustainability? Through consultations with co-operatives, soum governors and various public and private actors on the wool value chain, I am co-developing a feasibility study. Project methodology blends field work and long-term mentorship to MCTIC, focusing on building human-centered design thinking capacity amongst their team.
Might a nurses & midwives co-operative be a viable solution to the Zambian Ministry of Health’s current service delivery challenges and labor shortages? Through consultations with the MOH, nursing unions, co-operative sector representatives and co-design sessions with nursing students and retired nurses, I provided SBH with a landscape analysis detailing the system within which such a co-operative would be founded, the level of responsibility the project would be taking on, and steps (including resources and activities) towards implementation.
How might the Council of Human Ressources Professionals adapt its business model to step into - or even lead - the Future of Work? Through a series of workshops co-hosted with percolab, a group of 15 CRHA representatives designed new business models that prepared the profession & the order to play their role in the future world of work.
How might FPWA leverage NY City’s investment in worker co-operatives to further develop the business ecosystem through public-private partnerships? Through three webinars elevating the voice of practitioners as content experts and a day-long co-design convening introducing unions, city departments, elected officials, universities, CSOs and anchor institutions to co-op businesses, we drew the road ahead for collaborative ecosystem development. The events yielded a report containing 4 proposals for follow-up projects, to which each participant pledged participation.
How might CFL leverage technologies to increase worker co-operatives' impact on people's lives? How might they be pioneers in truly democratizing the sharing economy? Through design thinking workshops with members of 10 co-operatives and consultations with funders & professionals, we created a platform & web app that served the workers whose labor it amplified.
How might 14 funded organizations & a dozen allies shift from competition to collaboration to develop successful cooperatives and grow the New York City worker co-operative business ecosystem? Over the course of 1.5 years, from January 2015 to July 2016, I guided the Initiative & broader Coalition as it developed its vision & strategy, aligned its activities, established shared measurements that focussed on service delivery, collaboration & referrals, increased public recognition of worker co-operatives, strengthened linkages with potential allies, advanced policy and mobilized new funding.