by Russ Christianson Over the next few months, Dominique Bernier, Cathy Lang and I will be working with CWCF board members and staff, members of worker co-operatives and co-op developers to co-create a strategy for scaling Canada’s worker co-op movement. In addition to CWCF insiders, we will engage key opinion leaders inside and outside of the broader co-op movement, including social entrepreneurs, unions, community development organizations, anti-poverty organizations, economic activists, Chambers of Commerce, Community Futures Development Organizations, and Municipal EDOs. We’re excited to be using Loomio – a worker co-operative Internet platform– that encourages dialogue, document sharing and decision-making. Loomio is designed to be user-friendly and to engage people with the use of decision-making tools such as Check and Dot Voting polls. The software also provides multi-language support and includes a comment translation. The combination of discussion and decision-making is Loomio’s unique advantage. Over the course of the strategic planning…
The Canadian Poverty Institute, in partnership with Co-operatives First and CoopZone is pleased to invite you to Creating Connections: A Workshop on Exploring Cooperatives. This free workshop is designed for community leaders interested in how the co-operative business model can be used to capture opportunities in their communities. When: February 7th, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12 Noon Where: Ambrose University, Main Boardroom 150 Ambrose Circle SW, Calgary For more information and to register, at no cost, please visit: www.CoopConnections.Eventbrite.ca. Please feel free to share with your colleagues and networks who you think may be interested.
By Tommy Allen The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) was an inspiring demonstration of how much engaged citizens and workers care about their community. There were hundreds of participants, and the program was 36-pages long. Canada’s worker co-op community is less than a quarter of the size in comparison, but if you compare that per capita, Canada is doing really great. The first surprise was that this program was bilingual, but with English and Spanish. Not only was some of the written material available in Spanish, but most of the sessions included live translation into Spanish via headset, and that work was contracted to a local NYC translation worker co-op. The tour of Brooklyn worker co-ops included a grocery store, a co-op incubator, and a hospital. The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park was a unique place that not only helped immigrants and low-income people to form new…
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
Our 2018 conference will be held November 1 -3, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnipeg is a diverse multicultural city with a rich and varied history, and boasts exciting attractions and an arts and culture scene that bursts with talent and originality.
Our 2017 Conference Newsletter can be found here.
CWCF is seeking proposals to engage staff, board, members and friends in an innovative and stimulating process to develop a multi-year strategic plan. This strategic plan will be developed between January and November, 2018 – a correction from the year inadvertently noted in the CWCF newsletter. Request for Proposals Other relevant information CWCF Strategic Plan 2017_ presented to members AGM Strategic Plan_2014-2017_fnl 2017 Annual Report Accountability Report 2017 CWCF Member Survey Results 2017 A_fnl CWCF Ideas from Strategic planning Nov 4 2017
NOTE: to obtain the full Conference Program, please click here. / Pour obtenir le programme du Congrès, cliquez ici. Below are the files you will want to read for CWCF’s 2017 AGM in Gatineau. We regret that most of these documents are available only in English. / Nous regrettons que la plupart de ces documents ne soient disponibles qu’en anglais. Si vous avez besoin d’aide pour comprendre la langue, consultez en français s’il vous plaît avec la directrice générale Hazel Corcoran, email@example.com. Merci. 2017 AGM Agenda CWCF Financials for 2017 AGM CWCF Budget 2017-18 Form for Resolutions 2017 Minutes of Prev. Year AGM2016 Accountability Report 11-2017 CWCF Strategic Plan 2017 AGM Annual Report 2017a Bios of Board Nominees: Eric Tusz-King Bio Chris Nichols Bio and Candidate Statement Alexandre Banville Bio and Candidate Statement Policy and Info re Diversity of Board 10-2017 CWCF Policy on Harassment_28_Oct2017_web site FCCT Politique anti-harcèlement_21_oct2017_fnl-FR_site
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 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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