The co-operative business model needs to be seriously considered and nurtured as a viable response to closing companies and lost jobs as a result of the pandemic.
MEC built a leadership team that lacked any obvious understanding of co-operatives and fostered a culture that started to see member involvement as a problem rather than a strength.
Since its inception, Mountain Equipment Co-op has collected information on every single transaction of each of its five million members. In the current digital economy, this data is a goldmine.
Co-operatives can and should be key to Canada’s economic rebuilding and rethinking — now and following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Customers, cities and investors are all eager for a piece of PG&E, but it isn’t the only US utility that may have new owners soon.
Despite the pressure for co-operatives to fold into the dominant corporation model, these business models are still worthy.
There is hope for a different kind of bank – that serves the public and shareholder good.
What is an economy for? And how do we build a community where everyone belongs? We need to answer questions like these to create good, sustainable cities.
Citizens can switch from being consumers to pioneers who drive new designs for living. The German baugruppe model is a leading example.
John Lewis shows how co-ops can be an exemplar of good business – both financially and for their customers and employees.