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Good Jobs Economy in BC conference highlights the role of co-operatives

Close to 100 people attended a day-long conference on November 21st on “good jobs” organized by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), BC Federation of Labour, Progressive Economics Forum and SFU’s Centre for Global Political Economy. The Vancouver conference framed out some of the opportunities and challenges to creating a good jobs economy in BC.  

Co-op Confidential: Interview with Groundswell Director Gilad Babchuk, connecting co-ops with social impact

Whether you refer to it as social impact business, social economy or social enterprise, it is hard to ignore that businesses committed to a triple-bottom line are increasingly capturing the attention of both governments and investors. 

The first community service co-operative for competency based counsellors celebrates its first year of success and prosperity!

The Association of Co-operative Counselling Therapists (ACCT) recently celebrated its one-year incorporation. Having grown from a base of 10 to close to 200 members in its first year, the organization has a lot to cheer about.

As explained on the ACCT website, “ACCT is the first community service co-operative for competency based counsellors incorporated under the Co-operative Association Act of British Columbia and will be home to counsellors across Canada, who demonstrate competency and excellence in the counselling profession.”

A look back at an inspiring Co-op Week

The BCCA in partnership with The Co-operators hosted a wonderful BBQ in Grandview Park. Although it rained throughout the day The Co-operators staff brought their smiles to serve hotdogs and hamburgers to a number of co-op members and and for the general public in the neighbourhood.

Modo the carsharing co-operative, the Vancouver Tool Library and the Co-operative Housing Federation all gathered under The Co-operators 40 foot dome to share information about their co-operative businesses and organizations, and to raise awareness about co-operatives in their community. 

Co-op Confidential: Award winning writer, Eric Michael Johnson, explains the role of co-operation in evolution

Co-op Confidential is a monthly blog series from the BC Co-operative Association that features interviews with co-op business leaders, academics and activists to uncover the pithy truths that propel the co-operative movement. 

I recently stumbled upon Eric Michael Johnson’s YES! Magazine article, Survival of the Nicest…Check out the Other Theory of Evolution, in the midst of planning a Co-op Week celebration and contemplating the how wonderful it is that this model exists.