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Worker Co-ops 101: Part 2

12:00 noon Eastern Time

This two-part, interactive series is designed for people who are working in a worker co-op.  They are most appropriate for those who have recently become members or who are thinking of applying to join their co-op, but anyone involved in a worker co-op is welcome to participate.  Part I will cover basic definitions, statistics on the movement,  and the co-op principles as applied to worker co-ops. Part II will cover governance and management principles in a worker co-op, and provide information about CWCF.

The webinars will be presented by Peter Hough. Peter has over 30 years of experience as a member, manager, and/or director of worker and consumer co-operatives. He has assisted with many co-operative start-ups, developing bylaws, conducting training programs, completing feasibility studies and business plans as well as providing post-start-up mentoring. He is a director of the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund which will invest in co-operative in all regions of Canada and a director of Sustainability Solutions Group Worker Co-op and CoopZone Developers’ Network. He was the lead developer and founding Course Director of the CoopZone Co-op Development online training programs, the Financial Officer of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation, and the Fund Manager of “Tenacity Works” the CWCF’s revolving loan fund. 

Leading Effective Meetings Rick Proven: Part 1: June 5, 12:00 noon ET; Part 2: June 11, 12 noon ET.

Have you ever wondered why meetings can some times wander off in all directions?

Why discussions on important issues can just keep going in circles and never seem to get resolved?

This webinar will give you some insights into how we think and process information, then present some models that can be used to keep discussions on track and arrive at decisions that can be supported by the whole group.

In the first one hour session we will:

Have a discussion on human cognitive processes and how they affect our conversations and decision making,

Introduce a tool for planning focused questions to plan the conversations and have an opportunity to practice the model between sessions.

In the second session we will:

Discuss the use of the focus question planning tool which was practiced between sessions,

Introduce and practice the second tool called ORID, Objective, Reflective, Interpretive and Decisional. This tool allows us to take a deep dive into how to plan the conversation, which allows all participants the chance to be part of the discussion and decisions.

The webinar will be presented by Rick Proven. Rick is an adult educator and worker cooperative member. After 32 years in the federal public service Rick retired from Parks Canada in 2010. He held various positions such as human resource advisor, program manager, project coordinator, informal conflict management advisor and national trainer. Through continuous learning and application, Rick has become an effective facilitator and trainer.

Rick now works as a private consultant focusing on facilitation design and training. He also spends his time as a member of a worker cooperative, building energy efficient and net zero buildings.

Democracy at Work Institute Webinars

The Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) was created by the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) to ensure that worker cooperative development in economically and socially marginalized communities is adequately supported, effective, and strategically directed. The School of Democratic Management, a program of DAWI’s, provides tools workplaces can use right away to build the culture they need.

A recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between DAWI and CWCF allows CWCF members to receive a 50 percent discount on School of Democratic Management webinars. Email Kaye Grant, Communications and Member Services Manager, at communications@canadianworker.coop to receive the discount code if you wish to attend an upcoming webinar. Here are some of the ones scheduled for the coming months.

Working Together on Decolonization

9:00am to 12:00pm
Innovation Works, London Life Solutions Lab
201 King Street

Amanda L Kennedy, Haudenosaunee from the Oneida Nation of the Thames, Bear Clan; was a colonized, marginalized Indigenous child and youth of yesterday, and is an Indigenous Child and Youth Advocate today as well as a Social Entrepreneur and the Founder of Yotuni “Its Growing” Social Enterprise.

Based on her Indigenous ways of knowing which is based on various cultures and tradtions as well as personal experiences, Amanda will be holding a Sharing Circle that will be opened with a prayer acknowledging Mother Earth and all of creation and a smudge using Sage, one of the 4 Sacred Medicines.

Register for Working Together on Decolonization

Amanda will be sharing her wisdom and teachings on some Indigenous truth and issues of the past and present. This will be followed by teachings that helped her on her journey such as the Anishinaabe Teaching on the Seven Grandfather Teachings, Four Sacred Medicines based on her Iroquois Longhouse ways of knowing, as well as some of the Ojibwe and Cree Teachings on the Medicine Wheel Teachings; with the intent on bringing together positive, respectful open minds, learning awareness on some truth of the Indigenous People and how to take care of the self holistically, physically, mentally, emotionally and Spiritually in a kind and gentle way.

Empowering People from all walks of life to come together with courage, honesty, respect, love and humility; working towards solutions on decolonization and building stronger, positive relations with the Indigenous People.

About the presenter: 

Amanda L. Kennedy is First Nation from the Oneida Nation, and Bear Clan.  Amanda was urban raised growing up in Manor Park, a colonized, marginalized, Indigenous child and youth of yesterday and a witness of violence, brutality, crime, addictions, racism, lateral violence, bullying and more in London, ON. Manor Park was predominantly Oneida community, and became a safe haven between being an urban Indigenous person and marginalized in the city of London.

In high school, Amanda created a native committee and brought awareness of Indigenous culture to Westminster Secondary School and organized and facilitated the first Indigenous Social. As a young youth Amanda helped, supported, and mentored her peers, organized community events and began to be asked to volunteer and facilitate camps, conferences and youth groups. 

Amanda was a Social Worker from age of 21-26 for a Native Woman’s Shelter in London, ON, supporting many Indigenous and Non-Indigenous women, children and youth who were witnesses of violence and fleeing abusive situations.  Amanda then entered the business and finance field and was bookkeeper in Toronto and at Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services Inc. in London, ON; and those experiences supported the development of administrative skills.  At the age of 29, Amanda was a teacher at the Toronto Council Fire where she worked with Indigenous Youth and Adults, upgrading and preparing their-selves mentally and emotionally for College, assisting as a student support, computer teacher and administration. Through that experience Amanda decided to become a Social Entrepreneur utilizing her experiences, lessons, knowledge and tools. 

Amanda was one of four founders of a Profit Corporate Business working with the Indigenous Students and adults, it was a great learning experience however Amanda decided she wanted her business to be non-profit, went on her own and founded Yesalihu’ni “They Will Teach You” as an initiative to advocate with youth and families with courts, policing schools, CAS, supporting families with addictions and traumatic events in London (2013).  In 2016, she opened Yotuni “Its Growing” as a social enterprise to empower the children and youth and support them mentally, emotionally, physically and Spiritually, so that they can reconnect with their grassroots, learn, heal and grow to empower more change and leadership. Yotuni currently works with children and youth from the CMO Territories; Chippewa, Munsee-Delware and Oneida Nations.

Organizing for Fairer Economies in Toronto

Organizing for Fairer Economies in Toronto8:45am – 4:30pm
Thomas Lounge, Oakham House
63 Gould Street

What is our collective vision for equitable economic development? How are we organizing for a fairer local economy?

Join us for a full-day meeting to learn from and with organizers in neighbourhoods across Toronto. This is an opportunity to share agendas and strategies that make a material difference in the lives and livelihoods of historically excluded people. We hope to build solidarity across our issues, building power for more democratic local economies.

Register for Organizing for Fairer Economies in Toronto

To share any access needs or accommodations you may require to participate, please contact Melana Roberts at mroberts at powerlab.ca.

CoopZone On-Line Training: Market Study RFP

CoopZone’s Mission, Vision and Values

Mission: To be a catalyst for co-op developers and professional service providers to foster the social economy through the development of co-operatives.

Vision: A leader in the development of co-operatives in Canada.

Values: CoopZone adheres to and champions the co-operative values and principles. 

Deadline: 
15 May 2019

Food Justice, Equity and Urban Agriculture

Food Justice, Equity and Urban Agriculture7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saint Paul University
Atrium, Guigues Hall
223 Main St.

Join the Summer School of Social Innovation #EEINS2019 for a dynamic evening with Leiticia Deawuo, Executive Director of Black Creek Community Farm.

The event is free, with voluntary contributions appreciated.

RSVP for Food Justice, Equity and Urban Agriculture

For more information about Summer School of Social Innovation: http://bit.ly/INSEDE2019​

Bridging the Gap: Repairing Relationships for Stronger Community Engagement

1:00pm to 2:00pmA Tamarack Institute Webinar

Most of us recognize the need for and importance of engaging the communities we serve. Working to uphold the slogan, “nothing about us without us”, we might try to engage communities as much as possible. But engagement is a two-way street, and people who work in institutions and organizations sometimes find that the communities they hope to engage are hesitant or even resistant to engage. This can often be true when the relationship between institutions and communities is damaged, or where there is a lack of trust in the organization’s ability to engage in an open and honest way. With that in mind, what might those of us who work in institutions and organizations do? 

Register for Bridging the Gap

Through this webinar Lisa Attygalle and Galen MacLusky, Tamarack’s Directors of Community Engagement and Community Innovation will explore our thoughts on this issue, drawing upon our experiences in supporting community engagement across North America. 

After this webinar, you will be able to: 

  • Ask questions of yourself and others that help to understand why your community is hesitant to engage 
  • Reflect on your own desire to engage and how that might be viewed by the community 
  • Develop your own next steps to build equitable relationships with the communities your work impacts 

Hosts

picture of Lisa AttygalleIn her role at Tamarack, Lisa Attygalle works with cities and organizations to improve the way they engage with their communities. Over the last five years her work has focused on creating authentic engagement strategies for municipalities and organizations, integrated communications planning, and the use of technology and creativity for engagement. Lisa constantly advocates for simplicity in infrastructure, frameworks and design and loves applying the principles of marketing, advertising, loyalty, and user experience to community initiatives. On the side, Lisa is one of ten owners of Seven Shores Community Café in Waterloo, ON, where she coordinates community events and monthly art exhibits. She is also a Trustee of the KW Awesome Foundation - a group that provides no-strings attached grants for "awesome" community-based projects.

picture of Galen MacLuskyGalen MacLusky is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Community Innovation Idea Area. He is passionate about working with community organizations to help build and scale new ideas that deepen their impact. An experienced design, innovation, and co-creation consultant, at the core of his work are approaches that help organizations engage with those who are impacted by their services and test new programs and services with minimal investment. Over the past five years, Galen has used these approaches to help Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations across North America reinvent the services and programs they provide. Galen is an experienced human-centred design coach and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Design and Innovation from Northwestern University.

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