Introduction to the Cooperative Model
September 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- Tamsin Foucrier, Ph.D., Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Transformational Change, The Evergreen State College
- John McNamara, Ph.D., Northwest Cooperative Development Center
Dr. Tamsin Foucrier (she/her) is the director for Evergreen’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Transformational Change. She holds a PhD in Sustainability from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, where her dissertation explored innovative teaching and learning spaces in higher education for sustainability entrepreneurship. Her work focuses on alternative business models such as cooperatives and social purpose corporations, and the essential support structures needed to build resilient and sustainable local and regional economies. Dr. Foucrier has taught in university, community college and college settings and is honored to be a part of the Evergreen State College community. She is deeply passionate about transforming the way we do business in our world today in ways that empower communities and improve the ecological systems upon which we depend. Dr. Foucrier believe that the next generation of sustainability entrepreneurs can transform the world and address the most pressing sustainability issues we face today through radical, innovative business models and processes, and systemic economic change.
Dr. John A. McNamara: Senior Cooperative Development Specialist John joined NWCDC in the Spring of 2014. John has 26 years of practical experience in the worker cooperative world with Union Cab of Madison. John holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a Masters in Management: Cooperative and Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University (Halifax) and now teaches in the Master’s program as part-time faculty. John participated in the development of the Co-op Index Tool and has taught at The Evergreen State College and Presidio Graduate School. He co-edited a collection of essays on measuring co-operatives available as an e-book at no cost from the Cooperative Difference and has a chapter in an upcoming book on cooperative governance. John serves on the Board of Directors for CooperationWorks!, Chair of the Union-Coops Council of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and on the Steering Committee for Oregon New Economy Project.