Co-operative Enterprise



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  • 09 Jul 2015 2:15 PM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    - Completed a research project for the International Co-operative Alliance regarding leadership and management education and development of struggling apex and federation co-operative globally.

    - Prepared and presented a policy paper for a number of larger Canadian credit unions concerning legislative changes that may necessitate major structural changes across the Canadian system.

    - Provided management advisory services to the Malawi Unions of Savings and Credit Co-operatives and to FinCoop the largest financial co-operative in Malawi.

    - Drafted and circulated ‘Systems Thinking for Co-operatives – A Primer’ as a discussion paper which illustrates why and how systems thinking (a change of mindset) is essential for longer term success across all of the co-operative world.

    - Continued active involvement in the social media website LinkedIn within various co-operative groups, and discussed such wide ranging topics as co-operative failures, management capture, and reforming the co-operative movement.

    - Delivered local training session (2 days) concerning the co-operative enterprise model followed up by a four day workshop on formation of a women’s’ savings and credit co-operative in central Mexico.

    - Initiated a project to create a co-operative government relations program working with one of Canada’s largest consumer co-operative.

    - Delivered technology management advisory services to a large credit union in Ecuador.

    - Drafted and circulated a concept paper concerning the feasibility of the creation of a global lender of last resort facility for financial co-operatives, to interested co-operative leaders around the globe.     

    - Promoted the growth and expansion of Global Co-operative Development Group’s voluntary network of co-operative leaders and developers around the world, as well as the co-operative enterprise website.

    - Served as an invited keynote speaker by the Kenya Institute of Management and speaking on co-operative leadership at an international savings and credit co-operative conference in Mombasa Kenya.

    - Continued the ongoing promotion and sharing of the flagship product of the co-operative, the text entitled “Co-operative Enterprise Building a Better World”, available in print and e formats online.

    Thanks to everyone for the good works done!

  • 25 Jun 2015 9:27 AM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    Terry MacDonald will be traveling to Kampala Uganda to renew friendships and maintain contact with various co-operative organizations, and to promote the book Co-operative Enterprise Building a Better World" book which he helped co-author.

    During this time Terry also plans to visit Tanzania and Kenya to discuss future  development initiatives with co-operative leaders and government officials.

  • 25 Jun 2015 9:23 AM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    Thank you for your interest!

  • 22 Oct 2014 9:33 AM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    Kenyan and Africa SACCO and Co-operative leaders will be attending the International Co-operative Summit in Kenya.  Managing Director Terry MacDonald will be attending and speaking at this event.

    The theme is ...

    "Transformative Development: Harnessing the Cooperative Entrepreneurship in Realizing a Sustainable Economy"

  • 22 Oct 2014 9:17 AM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    African SACCO leaders are attending this conference between Oct 27 thru to the 31, 2014. 

    The theme is...


     CO  - OPERATIVE  FINANCIAL  INSTITUTIONS"  Click here for details

  • 12 Oct 2014 2:45 PM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    In case you missed it here are some of the highlights from the most recent summit.  Each video is only a few minutes long and highlights topics covered during each day of the event.   Some 3,000 co-operators from around the world attended.

    Oct 7, 2014 - Co-operatives employee 250 million people.

    Oct 8, 2014 - In areas such as health care – co-operative can play and are playing an important roles.

    Oct 9, 2014 - Co-operatives are innovators, active in solving many of the world’s social and economic problems.

  • 10 Oct 2014 9:10 AM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)


       Transformative Development:

           Harnessing Cooperative Entrepreneurship in Realizing a Sustainable Economy

    During this event I will be speaking on "Secrets of Leadership and Management Effectiveness in Co-operatives", as well as "How You Can Use Technology to Connect to Co-operators Around the World".


         Terry MacDonald     

  • 20 Nov 2013 12:48 PM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    Canadian Co-operative Association Executive Director Denyse Guy presenting a copy of Co-operative Enterprise Building a Better World to International Co-operative Alliance President Dame Pauline Green during the November 2013 ICA Global Summit in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 19 Nov 2013 3:49 PM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    We are greatly saddened by the loss of our friend and fellow co-operator.  He has worked tirelessly with us for almost three years on our "Co-operative Enterprise - Building a Better World" book project - which was just completed last month. He also served as as the president of our small development co-operative know as the Global Co-operative Development Group Inc.

    In Ian's spirit we are proceeding with the formal global webinar book launch which he helped to plan on the morning of November 20, 2013.

    We felt it appropriate to include a message sent by the Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association to all its members concerning Ian's passing.  Also below please find a link to the memorial blog which CCA has set up in Ian's memory.

                                                                    Terry MacDonald and Greg Wallace

    Please see the email below from Denyse Guy, Executive Director, CCA:
    Dear Members,
    It is with profound sadness that I am letting you know that Ian MacPherson,  Canada’s foremost co-operative historian and former president of CCA,  died suddenly on the weekend at age 74.   Ian was one of the Canadian co-operative movement’s leading lights, a scholar, a teacher, a friend and a passionate co-operator.   He had a close relationship with CCA, having served as its first president following the 1987 merger of the Co-operative Union of Canada and the Co-operative College.  He also was the author of A Century of Co-operation, the commemorative book published by CCA in 2009.
    Ian touched the lives of many co-operators from across Canada and around the world.  He chaired the ICA committee which revised the co-operative principles in 1995, and most recently was promoting  an international initiative linking co-operative to peace and social cohesion. On a personal level, he served as an inspiration to many, many individual co-operators; he was a mentor to me for more than 15 years and provided wonderful and insightful guidance that I will always cherish.  
    I have sent a message of condolence to Ian’s son Andrew on behalf of the CCA board and staff.  The family is thinking of having a celebration of Ian’s life in Victoria early in the new year, and I will keep you informed.  In my office, we are assembling your thoughts and condolences that will send to the family. 
    I will also be talking to the Board of Directors and staff about developing a proposal for a scholarship fund in Ian’s name, in recognition of his enormous contribution to co-operative education.
    Ian will be truly missed by all of us.

    Co-operatively yours,                         

    Denyse Guy
    Executive Director /Directrice Générale
    Canadian Co-operative Association/
    Association des cooperatives du Canada


                Memorial Blog for Ian MacPherson         

  • 01 Oct 2013 10:36 AM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    Please take a moment to check out this new book... which many of you over the past two years have helped to create.  We have not yet had time to organize a formal launch party... so only a few people know about it!  We'd appreciate you sharing the news with your colleagues and friends.

    You can explore topics covered and read reviews by clicking the link below

       Co-operative Enterprise Book Covers with Table of Contents.pdf

    You can find this book in both printed and electronic form on various vendor websites such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  We tried to price the book as low as possible and in the end hopefully recover our investment into it. Prices are less than 20 dollars for the printed version (8.5" x 11" with 220 pages), and less than 10 dollars for the ~385 pages epub version.  Be sure to also watch for vendor discounts and special shipping offers. 

    If you have read the book  please provide an online review. 

    Readers are also invited to share their views and ideas on the topics presented within the book in our blog or within our forums area.

    We look forward to hearing from you.
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