cooperatives

INVEST Mongolia - Marketing Co-operative Governance & Start-Up

INVEST Mongolia - Marketing Co-operative Governance & Start-Up

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.

SMart au Québec

SMart au Québec

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.

Business Conversion : Social Enterprise to Worker Cooperative

Business Conversion : Social Enterprise to Worker Cooperative

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.

INVEST Mongolia

INVEST Mongolia

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. 

Systems for Better Health Zambia

Systems for Better Health Zambia

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.

Making Good : A Roadmap for Worker Co-operatives in NYC

Making Good : A Roadmap for Worker Co-operatives in NYC

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. 

NYC Worker Co-operative Business Development Initiative & Coalition

NYC Worker Co-operative Business Development Initiative & Coalition

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. 

Réseau de la coopération du travail Strategic Planning

Réseau de la coopération du travail Strategic Planning

At a crossroads following an austerity budget in Quebec in 2014, this association of 27 worker co-operatives invited me to review its member services, engagement model, and fundraising strategy. Through consultations with members and non-members, systems & power mapping, and challenging participatory ideation with board and staff members, I produced a more coherent & impactful value proposition, business model, and development strategy for the RESEAU, as well as a change management plan to facilitate implementation.