Strategy Made Simple podcast

Strategy Made Simple

Matthew Rempel

Strategy Made Simple is about making strategy, well, simple. Hosted by Matthew Rempel, and based on interviews with leaders in social enterprise, and exploring techniques to improve your social enterprise Listen for strategies that you can take and apply to your organization's situation.

66 episodi

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    66. Networks, Support, and Cooperation with Hazel Corcoran

    42:31

    Hazel Corcoran is the Executive Director of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation. The Federation acts as a bridge and advocate for the various worker cooperatives across Canada that form it's membership. They also manage some investment options for cooperatives so they can receive investment through RRSPs and TFSAs.  Hazel also describes her transition from a student attending a conference, to providing legal support, to becoming the executive director, along with some of the difficulties and turning points that came along the way. --- Join in on Work with Values, an interactive panel on co-op culture development: https://strategymadesimple.ca/2021-october-co-op-panel You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy. Resources: https://canadianworker.coop/ --- For more information about Strategy Made Simple, for support for your social enterprise, or to learn about social enterprise visit strategymadesimple.ca Contact Matthew: Twitter: @MatthewRempel Email: matthew@strategymadesimple.ca Written, hosted, recorded, and edited by: Matthew Rempel Music provided by: Envato
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    65. The State of the Movement with Nancy Neamtan

    46:09

    Nancy Neamtan has been working on developing community economic development and the social economy ecosystem in Quebec for decades. Throughout that body of experience, she has been able to work on the challenges that come with building up a sector. In addition, she was one of the founders and builders of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, a major network of networks for the social economy in Quebec. In this conversation with Nancy we discuss some of the challenges of building organizations in the social economy, such as how to scale organizations, finding impact investment, financing, and patient capital. We also discuss the upcoming issues and opportunities for the social economy, including how we can connect and collaborate, and helping to re-define the purpose of the economy. --- You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy. Resources: http://nancyneamtan.quebec/ --- For more information about Strategy Made Simple, for support for your social enterprise, or to learn about social enterprise visit strategymadesimple.ca Contact Matthew: Twitter: @MatthewRempel Email: matthew@strategymadesimple.ca Written, hosted, recorded, and edited by: Matthew Rempel Music provided by: Envato
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    64. Sandra Allen on Shift's Intentional Cooperative Culture

    31:18

    Sandra Allen is a Member, Co-Owner, Board Member and People Team Lead for Shift Delivery Co-op. Shift Delivery is a last mile carrier based in Vancouver, Canada that uses e-assist trikes instead of motor vehicles for their deliveries. Sandra describes the value that Shift has in it's people, how they onboard new staff and help them prepare and transition into becoming members, and how Shift has been able to maintain their company culture. One intentional decision that contributes to their culture is that all members do the foundational work of triking and making deliveries. For more information, visit https://www.shift.coop/ A previous Strategy Made Simple podcast describing a process a co-op could use for workers to buy a business when owners retire: https://strategymadesimple.ca/blog/57-meg-ronson-on-l3-and-social-acquisitions --- You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy. Resources: https://www.shift.coop/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShiftDelivery Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shift_Delivery --- For more information about Strategy Made Simple, for support for your social enterprise, or to learn about social enterprise visit strategymadesimple.ca Contact Matthew: Twitter: @MatthewRempel Email: matthew@strategymadesimple.ca Written, hosted, recorded, and edited by: Matthew Rempel Music provided by: Envato
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    63. Chris Nichols on Cooperation and Building a Circular Business

    31:02

    Chris Nichols is a Worker, Co-Founder, Director and Operations Coordinator for Wood Shop Workers' Cooperative. Wood Shop is focused on creating wood furniture out of reclaimed wood for customers in the Vancouver area. They are working towards creating a more circular economy through their work. They started by using reclaimed pallet wood to create their furniture, but now they take materials from places such as residential deconstruction sites. The point of a circular economy is that what would be considered waste is diverted from landfill, and instead is used to create new products. For more information, visit https://www.woodshop.coop/ More info on the worker Co-op principles: https://canadianworker.coop/about/statement-of-co-operative-identity/ --- You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy. Resources: https://www.woodshop.coop/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/woodshopvancouver Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodshopvancouver/ --- For more information about Strategy Made Simple, for support for your social enterprise, or to learn about social enterprise visit strategymadesimple.ca Contact Matthew: Twitter: @MatthewRempel Email: matthew@strategymadesimple.ca Written, hosted, recorded, and edited by: Matthew Rempel Music provided by: Envato
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    62. Worker Co-op Principles with David Thuss

    26:13

    David Thuss is the current Director at the London Brewing Cooperative, and one of the founding worker owners of the Co-op. He has experience in many of the areas of the brewing business, but now works in a supporting role for the other workers in the Co-op. London Brewing follows a triple bottom line approach to running a social enterprise, and also emphasises partnerships with other values aligned organizations including an organic food delivery company, and a Café. Through these partnerships, each organization is able to lean on their strengths and rely on their partners for everything else. For more information, visit https://www.londonbrewing.ca/ More info on the worker Co-op principles: https://canadianworker.coop/about/statement-of-co-operative-identity/ --- You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy. Resources: https://www.londonbrewing.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LondonBrewing Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/londonbrewingca/ --- For more information about Strategy Made Simple, and to learn about social enterprise visit strategymadesimple.ca Contact Matthew: Twitter: @MatthewRempel Email: matthew@strategymadesimple.ca Written, hosted, recorded, and edited by: Matthew Rempel Music provided by: Envato
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    61. Joey Pittoello on Worker Ownership

    41:30

    Joey Pittoello is the General Manager at Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op, and has worked in many different roles within the company. Just Us! is a worker Co-op, where each worker has the option to join as a member with a stake in the organization, and the opportunity to influence it's overall direction. One of the significant challenges that has been present throughout the history of Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op is ensuring that every worker member understands the added responsibilities that come with ownership in a Co-op. Towards solving that challenge, Just Us! has been intentional about creating member onboarding and training to improve the health of the Co-op overall. For more information, visit justuscoffee.com/ Link to Strategy Made Simple podcast on Social Acquisitions with Meg Ronson: https://strategymadesimple.ca/blog/57-meg-ronson-on-l3-and-social-acquisitions --- You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy. Resources: https://justuscoffee.com/pages/our-values Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justuscoffee/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justuscoffee/?hl=en Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3s-eH6ylPaayAoUs7MvaRw/featured --- For more information about Strategy Made Simple, and to learn about social enterprise visit strategymadesimple.ca Contact Matthew: Twitter: @MatthewRempel Email: matthew@strategymadesimple.ca Written, hosted, recorded, and edited by: Matthew Rempel Music provided by: Envato
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    60. Susan Holt on the story of Plato Software Testing

    39:39

    Susan Holt is the Chief Growth Officer for Plato Testing, a software testing service that hires and trains people with indigenous backgrounds. She also acts in the same role for their sister company PQA. She has been part of Plato Testing's growth from a single office to five offices across Canada over the past five years. Throughout the growth of the company, there have been decisions that have contributed to Plato's ability to provide quality software testing, and build up the skills of their employees. In addition, they have provided opportunities for employees to become limited partners in the company and receive some of the benefits that ownership provides. For more information on Plato Testing, visit platotesting.com --- You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy. Resources: http://www.platotesting.com/about Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PLATOtesting/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/platotesting LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/plato-testing/ --- For more information about Strategy Made Simple, and to learn about social enterprise visit strategymadesimple.ca Contact Matthew: Twitter: @MatthewRempel Email: matthew@strategymadesimple.ca Written, hosted, recorded, and edited by: Matthew Rempel Music provided by: Envato
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    59. Olowo-n'djo Tchala on Scaling Alaffia's Mission

    28:54

    Olowo-n'djo Tchala is the founder and CEO of Alaffia, an international fair trade hair and body product company based in the USA. He was able to take this company from the garage, to supplying large national grocery store chains with their products. Throughout the growth of the company, he has put the mission first, and ensured that the workers in West Africa continue to get fair wages for their work, and that the products that Alaffia produces have natural ingredients made with traditional methods. --- You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy. Resources: https://www.alaffia.com/ https://www.alaffia.com/pages/social-enterprise-model Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alaffia/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlaffiaSkinCare Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alaffia/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/alaffia --- For more information about Strategy Made Simple, and to learn about social enterprise visit strategymadesimple.ca Contact Matthew: Twitter: @MatthewRempel Email: matthew@strategymadesimple.ca Written, hosted, recorded, and edited by: Matthew Rempel Music provided by: Envato
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    58. Brendan Reimer on ACU's Journey to B Corp

    30:56

    The purpose of B Corp is to certify and demonstrate businesses that are doing social good through their operations. Built into the system is an incentive to improve the impact that is being done by the business. ACU received their B Corp certification in February of 2020, and received the highest score in Canada and the 6th highest score in the world. I had the opportunity to sit down with Brendan Reimer to discuss what being a B Corp means for ACU, why it joined the movement, and why it’s a focus for the organization. Note: ACU does not have investors, but is owned by its members. --- You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy. Resources: https://www.acu.ca/en/personal https://bcorporation.net/ https://bcorporation.net/directory/assiniboine-credit-union Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyAssiniboine/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyAssiniboine Twitter: https://twitter.com/blocalmb LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/assiniboine-credit-union/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTGbKIsFZlzXfNvuuZmjdPw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MyAssiniboine/ --- For more information about Strategy Made Simple, and to learn about social enterprise visit strategymadesimple.ca Contact Matthew: Twitter: @MatthewRempel Email: matthew@strategymadesimple.ca Written, hosted, recorded, and edited by: Matthew Rempel Music provided by: Envato
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    57. Meg Ronson on L3 and Social Acquisitions

    37:34

    Meg Ronson is the Project Manager for Legacy Leadership Lab, a team based out of the University of Waterloo. They are working on using social innovation labs to build up a network and tools to facilitate social acquisitions. Social acquisitions are a form of succession planning so that business owners can exit, and the businesses can be converted to co-ops or community owned businesses with social goals. --- You can continue the conversation by joining SocialEconomyConnect.com. Social Economy Connect is a free mutual support platform for practitioners, social entrepreneurs, co-op members and developers and third sector supporters to discuss issues and solutions with a focus on social outcomes in the economy. Resources: https://uwaterloo.ca/legacy-leadership-lab/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wisirL3 Twitter: https://twitter.com/lab_legacy LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13767534/ Introduction to L3: https://uwaterloo.ca/legacy-leadership-lab/sites/ca.legacy-leadership-lab/files/uploads/files/introduction_package_v7.pdf Primer on social acquisitions: https://uwaterloo.ca/legacy-leadership-lab/sites/ca.legacy-leadership-lab/files/uploads/files/socialacquisitionprimer.pdf Stakeholder Briefs: https://uwaterloo.ca/legacy-leadership-lab/sites/ca.legacy-leadership-lab/files/uploads/files/stakeholder_briefs_v1.pdf Crowdsourced resource library: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-tTAXQahZzlEVHJa-1yhAjA7vKYnlcK4oQdpj1CCp2o/edit?pli=1 --- For more information visit strategymadesimple.ca Contact Matthew: Twitter: @MatthewRempel Email: matthew@strategymadesimple.ca Written, hosted, recorded, and edited by: Matthew Rempel Music provided by: Envato

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