Thoughts and success stories

3 essential ingredients in successful co-operative start-ups

At its most basic, every co-op needs a champion with a vision, a group with a shared interest and a market for the service or…

Read More

indigenous-coops

A brief survey of Indigenous Co-ops in Canada

The co-operative business model has been relatively underutilized by Indigenous peoples in western Canada. Corporate structures and limited partnerships have more often been the go-to…

Read More

The Common Share Podcast

Episode 8: Five ideas leveraging the co-op advantage

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…

Read More

Episode 7: The Importance of Board Diversity

In the last episode in our series on board governance, Audra, Kyle, and Aasa talk about the importance of board diversity. Having people with different…

Read More

indigenous-chamber-of-commerce

Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Chamber of Commerce

Saskatchewan is getting a new Chamber of Commerce. A group of Indigenous business leaders in Saskatchewan have formed this province’s first Indigenous Chamber of Commerce….

Read More

the-common-share-co-op-talk

Episode 6: Dealing with board conflict

In this episode, Audra, Kyle, and Aasa tackle what happens when things get contentious on a board. We discuss the kinds of board conflict directors…

Read More

construction-co-op

This innovative construction company is a co-op

In the construction sector there is plenty of room for inefficiency. Often one contractor will frame a building, another will wire it, someone else will…

Read More

With Growth on the Horizon, Stocksy United Removes its Membership Cap

For the first time since inception in 2012, Stocksy United, an artist-owned photography + cinematography co-op run by some of the world’s best creatives and…

Read More

The Common Share Podcast

Episode 5: Working board versus policy board

We dive right into the discussion of working vs policy board with a controversial question: Why do working boards suck? Being on a working board…

Read More

succession-planning

What succession planning is and why it matters

Succession planning is how business leaders answer the question of how their business continues without key players, like owners and high performance or essential skill…

Read More

mountain-colab

A catalyst for opportunity

The Mountain CoLab co-operative The nature of work is changing, and with it, the model of traditional office space. With the rise of the gig…

Read More

The Common Share Podcast

Episode 4: Getting People Involved in Board Governance

This episode kicks off our four-part series on co-operative governance with Co-operatives First’s Executive Director Audra Krueger. Kyle, Aasa, and Audra talk about why people…

Read More

5-ways-to-increase-membership

5 ways to increase membership engagement

Most co-ops have, at some point or another, encountered difficulties getting their members involved in the organization. Low engagement can reveal itself in a variety…

Read More

Engagement

What the heck is Membership Engagement

Defining member engagement for a specific organization is often tricky. It can also be hard to measure. But defining member engagement for your organization and…

Read More

the-food-forest

Video: The Food Forest and Learning Centre Co-operative

The Food Forest and Learning Centre Co-operative Maggie Bluewaters shares a story of healing and food security in rural Saskatchewan. Our thanks to Maggie and…

Read More

the-common-share-co-op-talk

Episode 3: Why we need governance

In this episode, we explore why we need governance. Kyle and Aasa from Co-operatives First talk to Paul Thompson, Research Officer at the University of…

Read More

6 unique businesses that also happen to be co-ops

The co-operative business model is versatile and being used successfully in every sector of the economy. Businesses using the model bring utilities, like power, water…

Read More

newcomers

How newcomers are using co-ops to succeed in Canada

For newcomers, barriers to well-being can be bigger and more complex than for much of the Canadian-born population. Newcomers often experience isolation when they arrive…

Read More

Episode 2: What makes a co-op?

In this episode, Kyle, Dan, and Aasa discuss what makes a co-op. They discuss the different definitions of co-ops, the seven principles, and the ways…

Read More

8 To-Dos When Naming a Co-operative

Naming a co-operative can be one of the more enjoyable parts of the ‘noinky bits’ of incorporating a co-operative. The naming process sometimes even peaks…

Read More

The Common Share Podcast

Introducing The Common Share Podcast

Welcome to the The Common Share podcast! In this episode, we interview Kyle White, Education and Engagement Lead for Co-operatives First. He discusses the purpose…

Read More