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Friday, 18 February 2022 23:21

Why Supporting Co-ops is Important!

In the modern era, where people (especially in urban areas) have a choice of product/service providers, the rationale to be a member and keep an existing co-op going can sometimes be murky for members and potential members. Co-operatives need to be able to articulate why people should be a member of their co-op when they have a choice of businesses that can meet their needs.

This blog post will look at some of the reasons why members (and future members!) might choose to be part of a co-operative, some of the challenges that having competition creates for co-ops, and why it’s a great idea to be a member of and support a co-op, even if you can get your product/service elsewhere.

This may help you, dear co-operative-loving reader, to answer that question that sometimes comes up: “Why should I support a co-op, when Company X provides the same service/product – sometimes at a cheaper price?”

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Friday, 30 October 2020 16:19

Unique Co-operatives in Saskatchewan, Part 2!

Saskatchewan has so many interesting co-operatives. I am always amazed at the many different types of co-operatives we have here. In my first blog post on this topic, we looked at several unique types of co-ops and I’m back with another list of a more different kinds of co-ops! In this blog post, we’ll take a second armchair tour of interesting and unique co-operatives found around Saskatchewan. 

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So you know that member engagement in a co-operative is an important and needed focus area. But what the heck should you actually do? This blog post provides a few ideas for members of co-operatives, and a few ideas for co-operatives of what actions both can take to increase member engagement.

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Many co-operatives feel like they need to engage their members more. The challenge of how to engage members affects both new and mature co-operatives. Often, member engagement has been viewed as having many members participating in a co-operative’s annual general meeting. While AGM participation is one way to engage members, there are many, many other methods to ensuring that a co-operative and its members are communicating and connected, and that members’ and the co-op’s needs are being met. 

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