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  • 24 Jun 2016 3:10 PM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    This thread is open to anyone who wishes to discuss issues or challenges relating to co-operative enterprise in the world today.  It has been created based on a request by alumnus of York University Master Studies program at their recent reunion - reconnect.  Anything and everything can be posted using Add Comments. 

  • 24 Jun 2016 8:35 AM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    At the local level, there has been a lot of good discussion on the Co-operative Group in the social media recently.  Questions like "Why Do We Not Study Co-operative Failures?" and "What Really Is a Failure When It Comes to a Co-operative?"

    At the macro level we can witness what does and does not constitute co-operative behavior by watching the goings on within the Euro-zone and most recently involving the UK. We can expect even more news and fallout of sorts with the recent vote in the UK to leave the EU.  Certainly a classic case study for anyone interested in analyzing behavior both social and economic (i.e co-operation, competition and conflict) when state governments, financial institutions and citizenry fail to see things eye to eye. 

    Please feel free to add comments on ANY topic you may wish within this Open Post.  We can also create a separate discussion thread for any subject you might request in your post. 

  • 25 Jun 2015 8:35 AM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    Here are some of the activities the Directors of the GCDG have undertaken during the first half of 2015.  While individual Directors focused on specific activities most were done on a collaborative basis with other Directors.

    Fred Townley MacKay continued providing advisory services ito FinCoop the largest credit union in Malawi. 

    Greg Wallace worked with Innovation Credit Union and other interested Saskatchewan credit unions in considering the policy consequences upcoming federal legislative changes may have upon functions such as liquidity management and enterprise risk for both credit unions and provincial credit union centrals. 

    Bev Maxim provided on site training to the Teheua Community Center in Jalisco, Mexico regarding the creation of a women's saving and credit co-operative.   Bev Maxim has also been providing technical advisory support to a large credit union in Ecuador. 

    Terry MacDonald has conducted a preliminary research study for the International Co-operative Alliance regarding the feasibility of providing online leadership and management education for fledgling co-operative apex and federations globally. 

  • 04 Nov 2014 12:21 AM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

    I strongly recommend if you are interested in learning about co-operatives in India and around the world that you check out this blog.   Truly a global perspective with many many stories and links. 

    Coop Analysis Global Blog


  • 16 Nov 2013 1:10 PM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)
    Three of the worlds oldest and strongest co-operatives have experienced significant setbacks during 2013.  I believe that the pursuit of profit or growth or both by senior management was one of the key reasons each of the organizations experienced problems. In the case of the Co-operative Bank... mismanaged acquisitions proved to be more than the bank could handle.  In Mondragon, one of its key subsidiary co-operatives continued losing money so much so that it is expected that it will need to be wound down  and that the financial fallout will be felt across the entire Mondragon network.  In the case of RaboBank it was fined more than 1 billion US dollars for manipulating the interbank offered rate and Euribor. It may still be too soon to know the full impact that these setbacks may have.  Nevertheless we'd like to hear how you think these financial and representational losses may affect not only these co-operatives and but co-operatives elsewhere as well. 
  • 15 Nov 2013 1:29 PM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)
    The sixth co-operative principle is know as 'Co-operation among Co-operatives".  So how does it happen, or perhaps more precisely why isn't it happening more. This is perhaps one of the most discussed questions amongst avid co-operators.  And while there are some positive examples, there appear to be many of missed opportunities.

    For example there are many sound business financing and marketing opportunities in Africa and Asia, yet co-operatives in the west seem more interested in send co-operative development support than they are in actually doing business.

    Part of the reason there may less business to business relationships  with co-operatives outside a local community may appear to be a risky proposition, and one if it fails in someway it leaves open the likelihood of questions of leadership competence from members. 

    So what are your thoughts in this regard? What does co-operation among co-operatives mean to you? To what extent do co-operatives co-operate now?  What and where are the opportunities? 

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