We are stronger together.
We co-ops are a splintered bunch. Credit Unions tend to be isolated from the rest of the co-op world, food co-ops can be distinct from housing co-ops, who don’t know the electric co-ops, who don’t really interact with worker co-ops.
And yet society needs us. We are a big part of the solution to what ails our world of growing inequality, a polluted and warming environment, lack of access to local, healthy food, and jobs that don’t pay a living wage. And to transform our society to one that starts to heal these issues, we as cooperators need to be more connected. We need to learn from each other, engage, debate, discuss, and meet up.
So I am very exited to help launch the new Co-op Water Cooler. My hope is that this site can be part of the connectivity. I look forward to all the discussions we’re going to have with cooperators far and wide.
Hello and welcome!
I’ll be honest with you, I’ve been wanting to be a guest on Robin Puga‘s local radio show, Each For All for some time now. It’s a show on Vancouver’s co-op radio station about, you guessed it, co-ops.
Well tonight was my lucky night, because I was invited to be on the show as the Board Chair of Modo along with our great CEO, Nathalie Baudoin to speak about car sharing, the co-operative model and where we’re going.
It was archived for your listening pleasure, so check it out… (Note: the archive of the show has expired.)
I recently sat down with Mike Lawson of CU Broadcast fame over Skype to discuss my recent presentation in Austin on cooperatives.
Here’s part one of our interview and here’s part two.
Enjoy! And please let me know what you think…
PS: Here’s my CU Water Cooler talk on coops that Mike and I discussed.
Last month I gave a talk on cooperatives in Austin at the amazing Credit Union Water Cooler Symposium. It was called Sawdust, Empty Bottles & Moustaches.
Now the video is live, check it out…
Sawdust, Empty Bottles and Moustaches: A Retelling of the Co-operative Story from Tim McAlpine on Vimeo.
I wrote a new piece for the CU Water Cooler looking at what is all too often a dual nature within credit unions: focused on community on one hand, insular and risk-averse on the other.
If you have an opinion, please weigh in!
And, just for fun, here’s a video I made on a recent trip to Austin of the bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge.