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.
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 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 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.
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.