Upcoming Webinar – Emerging Co-op Research Showcase – March 30th, 12-1pm EDT

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is hosting its next free webinar March 30th, 2015, from 12-1pm EDT entitled “Emerging Co-op Research Showcase.” 

This will be a session of new co-op research, by emerging co-op researchers, for everyone. The session will also demonstrate the new Emerging Co-op Researchers Network website.” Register now!

Presenters

  • Justin Ellerby is a student in the MBA in Community Economic Development program at Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, with a background in housing co-ops and multi-sector co-op development.His presentation will be an exploration of the Emerging Co-op Scholars Network website, a new platform for students and practitioners to share and build opportunities, resources, ideas, and connections.
  • Samira Nuhanovic, (Bosnia-Herzegovina) is a PhD candidate at the International Doctoral school in Local development and global dynamics at the University of Trento.Having in mind the importance of certain cooperative principles, her research aims to investigate the ways in which organizational structures, and consequently productive and marketing activities of agricultural cooperatives, can be diversified in order for them to have a positive impact on rural development in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the reduction of rural poverty.
  • Andrius Ragainis is a Master’s in Environmental Studies student at York University. He focuses his research on social accounting systems and co-operative enterprises.In the webinar presentation, Andrius will present his ongoing research of how Ontario’s co-operatives implement social accounting. Presentation will also include a short overview of the existing social accounting systems.

MCDRN Fall Series: Webinar #2

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network will be offering the second webinar of its Fall Series:

Information about the event:

Co-operative Development: Findings from a national study
Speakers: Dr. Fiona Duguid and Dr. Marcelo Vieta
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1:00pm EDT
To Register for this event, click here!

Note that although registration is required, the webinars are free of charge.

Do not miss the last webinar:

Governing Housing Co-operatives: Recent findings
Speakers: Dr. Catherine Leviten-Reid and Justin Ellerby
Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 12:00pm EST
To Register for this event, click here!

Videos and powerpoints available from past webinars here.

Free webinar April 22

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is pleased to offer a variety of public webinars each year. Registration for our winter webinars is now open!

 

Tools to Measure Your Co-op’s Forward Motion

April 22, 11:30am EDT/12:30pm ADT

Register now (free):

https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/197103487

 

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is pleased to showcase tools developed in Atlantic Canada to measure the social, economic and environmental impacts of their co-ops on their members, employees, and local communities.

In this webinar, our guest speakers will share their experiences using these tools and discuss how the tools have influenced their respective co-operatives’ priorities and planning.

Siri Jackson-Wood, a board member of the Morell Consumers Co-op, a Co-op Atlantic grocery in rural PEI, will discuss her co-op’s experience using the Sustainability Scorecard (http://www.cooperativedifference.coop/en/atlantic-cluster/A1)

Eric Tusz King, an owner-member of EnerGreen Builders Co-op in Sackville, New Brunswick, will discuss his co-op’s experience using the Co-op Index for Worker Co-operatives (http://www.cooperativedifference.coop/en/atlantic-cluster/A2)

 

Webinar March 12: Education for Co-operation

WEBINAR

Education for Co-operation: How do we educate co-operators?
Wednesday March 12 | 1:00pm EST (1 hour)
Featured speakers: Karen Miner, Christina Clamp and Erin Hancock
*Free to attend*
Register today!

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is presenting this webinar to explore how the co-operative sector employs their 5th principle of co-operation – education, training and information. The featured speakers are Karen Miner, Christina Clamp and Erin Hancock.
Karen will speak about the status of a current study for the 2014 International Summit Co-operatives on the state of co-operative management education internationally. Also, she will profile the International Consortium of Leaders in Co-operative Business Education – a new, global network of institutions providing education and training for co-operative enterprises. Karen is the Managing Director of graduate level Co-operative Management Education at Saint Mary’s University.

Christina will report on a US-focused cooperative inventory project that captured: the scope of educational and/or training programs and materials; evaluation of specific materials; identification of other outstanding materials; and gaps in, or problems with, cooperative educational materials. Chris also conducted research to map the study of cooperatives in higher education in the USA and Canada in 2012-13.  She will report on the results of both studies and discuss the policy implications for co-op education. Chris Clamp is a professor of sociology at Southern New Hampshire University and director of the doctoral program in Community Economic Development and of the Center for Co-operatives and CED.

Erin will begin by providing the results of a scan of Canadian co-op educational initiatives including those undertaken by primary co-ops, federations, universities and consultants. This research provides an understanding of what type of work is happening and points to opportunities for improvement as well. Erin is the Manager of Research and Education for the Canadian Co-operative Association.

*Please note we have changed our audio set-up so prepare to join via VOIP on your computer or otherwise phone a Toronto-based number*

Free webinar on education for co-operation

March 12, 1 p.m. EDT: Webinar on “Education for co-operation: How do we educate co-operators?”

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is presenting this webinar to explore how the co-operative sector employs their 5th principle of co-operation – education, training and information. The featured speakers are Karen Miner, Christina Clamp and Erin Hancock.

Erin will begin by providing the results of a scan of Canadian co-op educational initiatives including those undertaken by primary co-ops, federations, universities and consultants. This research provides an understanding of what type of work is happening and points to opportunities for improvement as well. Erin is the Manager of Research and Education for the Canadian Co-operative Association.

Karen will speak about the status of a current study for the 2014 International Summit Co-operatives on the state of co-operative management education. Also, she will profile the International Consortium of Leaders in Co-operative Business Education – a new, global network of institutions providing education and training for co-operative enterprises. Karen is the Managing Director of graduate level Co-operative Management Education at Saint Mary’s University.

Chris will report on a US-focused cooperative inventory project that captured: the scope of educational and/or training programs and materials; evaluation of specific materials; identification of other outstanding materials; and gaps in, or problems with, cooperative educational materials. Chris also conducted research to map the study of cooperatives in higher education in the USA and Canada in 2012-13.  She will report on the results of both studies and discuss the policy implications for co-op education. Chris Clamp is a professor of sociology at Southern New Hampshire University and director of the doctoral program in Community Economic Development and of the Center for Co-operatives and CED.

Webinar on unleashing local capital

For those interested in tools for capitalizing co-ops, this one’s for you!

Based on the interest from the January 22nd webinar, the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association is offering another webinar on local investing. This webinar will explain how communities have pooled capital, including using their own RRSPs, to finance local business development, foster community ownership and pride, and build a vibrant local economy. Sign up today for our February 12th webinar Today!

Webinar Overview:

  • What’s happening in your community?  Are there needs for local investment?
  • Are there opportunities to support the transition of ownership from an older entrepreneur to a younger one?
  • Are there new businesses that are really needed?
  • Are there existing businesses that want to expand?

Unleashing Local Capital is an innovative model for local residents within your community to support your own local community through investing in your own Opportunity Development Co-op (ODC). Through your investment, you can be actively engaged in the success of your community and the growth of your investment, using your own cash savings or your RRSPs.

Join us to learn:

  • What is it?
  • Where did it come from?
  • How does it work?
  • What are some successful examples here in Alberta?
  • What can this do for you?

This free webinar that will give you what you need to gather some friends and do some really genuine and meaningful work in your community that will enhance the entire community.

What do you have to lose?  Or, what do you have to gain?

(Alberta Community and Co-operative Association)

Lots of webinars! (2014)

There are several webinars coming up in the co-op world. See 3 below:

January 29 (3:30pm EST): Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade of the International Co-op Alliance

CoopZone and the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation are hosting a tele-learning session for members about the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade of the International Co-op Alliance (ICA).  It will take place this Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 3:30 pm Eastern Time for up to 90 minutes.` The Blueprint, building on the International Year of Co-ops in 2012, is a high-level framework for the co-operative movement globally, with a focus on co-op growth and on 5 themes:  1) Participation, 2) Sustainability, 3) Co-operative Identity, 4) Legal Frameworks, and 5) Capital. The presenters will be as follows: 1) On the overall Blueprint and CICOPA’s perspective:  Rebecca Kemble; of Union Cab in Madison; President of the US FWC and Executive Committee member of CICOPA. 2) On Capital:  Kathy Bardswick, CEO of The Co-operators and member of the ICA Board.  She chairs the ICA’s Commission on Capital. 3) On Sustainability:  Yuill Herbert, of Sustainability Solutions Group Worker Co-op, and member of the Boards of CWCF and CCA.  His Co-op carried out ICA’s sustainability scan. If you would like to participate, RSVP to Hazel Corcoron at hazel@canadianworker.coop at the latest by January 28th at the end of the day.

February 5 (1:00pm EST)- Volunteer impact study findings of the international development work of the Canadian Co-operative Association

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/652684927

Volunteers are a vital part of the Canadian Co-operative Association’s International Development programming.  You will be intrigued to know that there is real impact here at home as well.  In 2013 CCA commissioned a report that looked at the significance of Canadian Co-operators’ international volunteering with our partners.  Christa McMillin and Nancy Ingram from Foot in the Door Consulting looked at personal, professional and community impacts of volunteering with CCA internationally, and found very interesting results.  This is a webinar of interest to all past or future volunteers, donors to the Co-operative Development Foundation and anyone who wants to understand how aligning with CCA programming has the potential to increase employee skills as well as engagement and retention.

February 12 (10:30 am EST)- Landscape of the Charitable and Non-profit Sector in Canada

The Canadian Co-operative Association hosts this webinar with Stephen Faul of Imagine Canada. Stephen will talk about the size, scope and breadth of the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada including some recent Imagine Canada research on Canadian attitudes toward charities (including international development organizations).  Of particular interest, Stephen will talk about recent work on developing a new public narrative about the sector. Free: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/917108191 

MCDRN Newsletter released and webinars open for registration

NEWSLETTER

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network (hosted from the Canadian Co-operative Association with partners across Canada) has released their quarterly newsletter in January. FULL EDITION

In this issue

Housing research update

New project on co-op theses: What are students researching?

New co-op development project update

National Study on the Impact of Co-ops

New project emerges from Sustainability Scorecard

Dr. Ian MacPherson remembered

Scholarships announced

Young scholars initiative

Researchers convened in South Africa

Webinars announced!

Meet new researchers

News – bits and bytes

Publication opportunities

Survey – win a book!

WEBINARS:

Co-operative identity and branding: Does the co-op brand attract people?

January 22, 1:00pm EST (1 hour)
Featured speakers: Siôn Whellens, Gerard Perron, Tom Webb
Register today!

Education for Co-operation: How do we educate co-operators?
March 12, 1:00pm EST (1 hour)
Featured speakers: Karen Miner, Christina Clamp and Erin Hancock
Register today!

Last chance to register for webinar – Ethnocultural co-operatives: Race, society and co-operative emergence

Reminder – last chance to register

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is happy to invite you to the last webinar of the fall webinar series exploring elements of ‘the co-operative difference’. REGISTER NOW!

Ethnocultural co-operatives: Race, society and co-operative emergence
Wednesday, November 20 | 1:00pm Eastern (1 hour)
Featured speakers: Jessica Gordon Nembhard and Jo-Anne Lee

This webinar will open the dialogue on ethnocultural co-operatives (specifically reflecting on examples across Canada and the US) and the place of these co-ops in the larger society. The two featured speakers are both undertaking research as part of the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network: Jo-Anne Lee of the University of Victoria and Jessica Gordon-Nembhard of John Jay College, affiliated with the City University of New York.

Jessica Gordon-Nembhard will begin the webinar by providing a description of co-ops emerging in African American contexts in the US. Through her discussion of the history and examples, participants will better understand how co-operatives emerged in response to the social context, race relations and people living on the margins.

Jo-Anne Lee will examine how researchers have written about cooperatives and the absences in our understandings of co-operatives in Canadian society using the Japanese Fishing Cooperatives on the West Coast as a case study. Co-operatives play many different roles in nation formation. As social entities, co-operatives are bound to reflect existing power relations in the larger society including those of race, gender, class and colonialism. In addition, Jo-Anne will explore a couple of key questions:
-How can we understand the relative absence of knowledge about “ethnic” cooperatives?
-How has this lacunae affected our knowledge and understanding of cooperatives?
She will engage participants in a conversation that shifts from normative and descriptive discussions to critical thinking and reconceptualizing the role of cooperatives in larger social, cultural, political and economic contexts.
Click for more information, for speaker bios and to register

Last chance to register for co-op branding webinar!

The Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network is pleased to invite you to join us tomorrow (Wednesday) for a stimulating webinar.

 WEBINAR
Co-operative identity and branding: An exploration in putting your co-op foot forward
October 23, 2013 | 12:00pm Eastern
Featured speakers: Georgina Whyatt, Donna Balkan and Carolyn Hoover
Register now! https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/834328511

Description: This webinar will explore the much-debated topic of co-op branding and identity. The three featured speakers will dig into this topic from different perspectives; grounded both in research as well as experience.

Georgina Whyatt will begin with an overview of her research on the implementation of a ‘marketing our cooperative advantage (MOCA)’ strategy. She will focus particularly on the internal challenges to implementing such as strategy. She explored whether values are something that has to be balanced with business growth or if the two go hand in hand. She also delves into the impact of values and co-op identity on management commitment, marketing messages, internal communication/training, business processes aligned with values/ principles, and so forth. She will describe how coops/CUs work to overcome those challenges in their businesses and their branding.

Donna Balkan will present her recent research exploring co-operative identity as illustrated on Canadian co-op websites: Co-op Identity 2.0. She will speak to her metrics for measuring whether co-op identity is showcased and the results of her scan of nearly 100 co-ops and credit unions (including the 50 largest co-ops in Canada).

Carolyn Hoover of DotCooperation will speak about the “dot coop” brand, how this url showcases co-op identity and she will provide an overview of the global picture in terms of which sectors are using the .coop url.

 Register now! https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/834328511

Also, another webinar is coming up in November!
Ethnocultural co-operatives: Race, society and co-operative emergence
Wednesday, November 20 | 1:00pm Eastern (1 hour)
Featured speakers: Jessica Gordon Nembhard and Jo-Anne Lee
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/689956807

Please forward widely to colleagues and fellow co-operators.