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CICOPA We Own It!

WE OWN IT! is a campaign funded by supporters all around the globe. From national organisations representing cooperatives in Argentina, Italy, the UK, Korea…to cooperative enterprises and groups like the Mondragon Corporation in Spain, The Co-operators in Canada and Ecosviluppo in Italy. Read all about it here: http://www.cicopa.coop/cicopa_old/Stay-tuned-WE-OWN-IT-the-campaign.html

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Conflict Management in a Worker Co-operative with Brian Scott, December 5, 2017

This webinar presented information on concepts, tools and insights into how to reduce the potential for conflict and gain new ideas on how to deal with it when it appears.  Participants had the opportunity to share and learn from each other’s experiences and insights. Brian shared and explored concepts and insights which he has gleaned and applied with some success throughout his life regarding conflicts. The webinar explored the elements and meaning of conflict, and shared tools and concepts which may be used in dealing with various conflict management strategies. Fundamental concepts were shared and explored, including the underlying reasons for conflict resolution failures, the role of self-determination, recognizing when a solution is a problem, and key elements in arriving at a successful outcome. The webinar presenter,  Brian Scott Since 1982 Brian Scott has been a partner at The Communitas Group, a consulting firm which specializes in co-operative enterprise and cooperative housing development.…

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Good Governance in a Worker Co-operative with Lynn Hannley; November 21, 2017

This webinar discussed practices in good governance for worker co-operatives including discussion on the following governance-related topics as requested by worker co-op members in CWCF’s 2017 member survey. How can worker co-ops move good workers to good member-owners? Discussion about membership and responsibilities and how to share/disseminate that information to new members. Participatory decision-making and problem-solving methods. Improving democracy within the co-operative. The webinar presenter, Lynn Hannley, is the Managing Director of The Communitas Group Ltd in Edmonton.  The company, in business since 1972, acts as a development consultant primarily in the area of cooperative and community development. She acts as the overall coordinator of the various services which include housing development and project management, research and planning, community development, and co-operative and community economic development. Over the years she have been involved in the development 61 housing projects, serving a broad range of incomes, whose total value exceeds 340 million dollars and…

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Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities: Incompatibility and Innovation

Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities: Incompatibility and Innovation By Princie Reza  Supervised by Justin Podur A Major Paper submitted to the Faculty of Environmental Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree in Master in Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. July 2017 This paper examines the sufficiency of the worker cooperative model in addressing precarious employment within marginalized communities with a specific focus on immigrant and low-income South Asian immigrant women in Ontario. Worker-Owned Cooperatives in Marginalized Communities:

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Anti-Harassment Code of Conduct

In light of increasing legislative requirements in various provinces regarding anti-harassment, and more importantly because CWCF wishes to create a safe environment at all events, CWCF’s Board has enacted this Code of Conduct, for all CWCF events. All attendees including speakers, sponsors and volunteers at CWCF conferences and events are required to agree with this Code of Conduct. Event organizers[1] will enforce this code throughout each event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone. The Quick Version CWCF is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, and religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of our event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any venue, including talks, workshops, parties, and online media. Participants violating these rules…

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Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant at La Siembra

La Siembra Co-operative is a fair trade, worker-owned co-operative, which seeks to promote a new model of trading partnerships guided by the principles of fair trade. Incorporated in 1999, La Siembra is one of the first companies to import, manufacture and distribute Fair Trade and organic certified sugar and cocoa products in North America and has since branched out into Fair Trade and organic certified coffee, candy bars and baking products. La Siembra’s Camino® lines of consumer products are sold in over 3000 retail outlets across Canada. Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant Job Description and Applicant Questions https://camino.ca/

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Financial Reports: An Essential Tool for Managing Your Co-op with Russ Christianson – May 31, 2017

Many people feel intimidated by financial reports. However, without a thorough understanding of financial information, co-operative enterprises cannot succeed (whether for profit or not-for-profit). Worker co-op owners need to understand their co-op’s financial statements and how their jobs contribute to the financial performance of their enterprise. This webinar reviewed the financial statements of a worker co-operative and provided important tools for understanding and using financial information. CWCF Webinar – Financial Reports May 31-17  

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Worker Co-op 101 – February – March 2017

This is the first time that we offered this new webinar that was recently developed by CWCF.   This is a two-part series designed for people who are working in a worker co-op.  It covered basic definitions, statistics on the movement, the co-op principles as applied to worker co-ops, and governance and management principles in a worker co-op. 20170221 Session 1 Worker Co-ops v2 151230 Session 2 Worker Co-ops fnl

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