In this episode, Aasa sat down with Dr. Dionne Pohler to discuss her keynote speech from the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association’s 2018 conference. The keynote focused on leveraging the co-op advantage.

Dr. Pohler’s address touched on five big ideas that co-operatives should keep in mind, given the unpredictable social, economic, and technological atmosphere in which we currently live. Her five ideas are:

  • Good governance is about more than strategic planning, oversight, and risk management
  • Avoid falling into the “growth trap”
  • The short-term business case for diversity is weak and it downplays the hard work required to foster inclusiveness in organizations
  • Organizations need to embrace conflict
  • Co-operation and self-interest are two sides of the same coin.

Dr. Pohler is an assistant professor from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan.

Links mentioned in this episode:

For a discussion about the co-operative principles and values, check out Episode 2: What makes a co-op?

International Co-operative Alliance co-op definition

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