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Each month, the Co-op Power Hour introduces people who are building a more democratic economy through cooperative enterprise—businesses owned and governed by the people they serve. It is a production of the Colorado Co-ops Study Circle and airs on KGNU Community Radio across Colorado's Front Range. More information at Colorado Coops

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Each month, the Co-op Power Hour introduces people who are building a more democratic economy through cooperative enterprise—businesses owned and governed by the people they serve. It is a production of the Colorado Co-ops Study Circle and airs on KGNU Community Radio across Colorado's Front Range. More information at Colorado Coops

    Co-op Power Hour: The Final Show

    Co-op Power Hour: The Final Show

    After running for nearly two years, the Co-op Power Hour ends this month. On this show we look back on the show, and the Colorado Co-ops Study Circle, and look toward the future of the new co-op ecosystem in Colorado. Cooperatively co-hosted by Paul Bindel, Katie Falkenberg, Amy Lynn Herman, Caroline Savery, and Nathan Schneider.

    • 1 hr
    Co-op Power Hour: Building Cooperative Power

    Co-op Power Hour: Building Cooperative Power

    What does it take for cooperatives to take hold in the economy? Principle six of the seven international cooperative principles is "cooperation among cooperatives," but this can be easier said than done. In this show, we hear from Howard Brodsky, co-CEO and founder of CCA Global Partners, a large purchasing cooperative, and founder of Cooperatives for a Better World.



    Together with Kaeleigh Barker, CBW's communications director, he'll explain how his organization is working to build a united front for cooperatives in Colorado through the online platform Colorado.coop. Then, we hear a national perspective from Doug O'Brien, president and CEO of NCBA-CLUSA, the National Cooperative Business Association. He's the leader of the main organization that represents cooperatives nationwide.



     







     



    The Co-op Power Hour is a monthly production of the Colorado Co-operative Study Circle. It airs on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6pm on It’s the Economy.

    • 58 min
    Co-op Power Hour: Food Co-ops

    Co-op Power Hour: Food Co-ops

    Today's show looks at the emerging movement as well as the history of food cooperatives.



     







     



    The Co-op Power Hour is a monthly production of the Colorado Co-operative Study Circle. It airs on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6pm on It’s the Economy.

    • 59 min
    Co-op Power Hour: Purchasing Co-ops

    Co-op Power Hour: Purchasing Co-ops

    When we hear the words “Main Street,” it tends to refer to a story of decline. The rise of big boxes—and now platforms like Amazon—seem to be making a world in which consolidation is the norm, and small, local, creative business is a dying breed. But there is a force that stands against that trend: purchasing co-ops. Their members are typically not individuals but small businesses that join together in order to survive and thrive.



     







     



    Purchasing co-ops often lurk in the background, so end consumers don’t notice them, but they they make possible businesses like Boulder's McGuckin Hardware, as well as Dairy Queen and Best Western. We speak with two Boulder-area leaders of remarkable young purchasing co-ops. Allison Morris is president of the Veterinary Cooperative, which serves independent vets, and Stephen Irvin is president of Amicus Solar, which serves local green-energy utility companies. With modest staffs and budgets, and after only a few years, these co-ops have already transformed the markets in which they operate.



    The Co-op Power Hour is a monthly production of the Colorado Co-operative Study Circle. It airs on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6pm on It’s the Economy.



     

    • 58 min
    Co-op Power Hour: Agriculture and the Cooperative Advantage

    Co-op Power Hour: Agriculture and the Cooperative Advantage

    In this episode, we talk about agriculture and cooperatives. Agriculture, homesteading and the rural lifestyle was at one time the economic backbone of the state and is in many ways the key heritage of the state. Colorado agriculture generates more than $41B in economic activity and employs more than 173k people in the state. Production agriculture and processing account for a majority of Colorado’s agricultural activity. Colorado is a net exporter of agricultural products.

    • 57 min
    Co-op Power Hour: Human Resources at a Worker-Owned Brewery

    Co-op Power Hour: Human Resources at a Worker-Owned Brewery

    In most companies, the job of the Human Resources department is to manage the workforce so as to benefit the company's outside owners. But what about when the workers are the owners? Jennifer Briggs worked for 13 years at New Belgium Brewing, where she was VP of Human Resources. Now this Colorado native is a leader in the employee ownership community nationwide. She shares her secrets on how shared ownership can foster a healthy, participatory workplace culture in a fast-growing company.



     







     



    The Co-op Power Hour is a monthly production of the Colorado Co-operative Study Circle. It airs on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6pm on It’s the Economy.

    • 1 hr 5 min

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