All Things Co-op: Interview with Madison Cooperative Development Coalition


After two seasons as a podcast, All Things Co-op is making the leap to video! 
For those of you prefer audio, we've got you covered. ATC is still be available as a podcast.

In this episode, Kevin, Cinar and Larry talk with two key figures at the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC). Charity Schmidt is a cooperative development specialist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. Ruth Rohlich is a Business Development Specialist for the City of Madison, working in the Economic Development division. Among their many topics, they discuss how the city of Madison is approaching this cooperative initiative, the importance of community ecosystems, how entrenched legislation creates unforeseen barriers to cooperative ownership that must be changed, financing, and more.

Ruth Rohlich is a Business Development Specialist for the City of Madison, and works with businesses from around the world that are interested in moving to Madison and with businesses in Madison looking to grow or expand. She writes and manages many of the City’s small business support programs including the Retail Improvement Grant Program, Healthy Retail Access Program, Entrepreneur and Small Business Development Resource Fund and the Worker Cooperative Enterprise Program.


Charity Schmidt is a cooperative development specialist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, providing technical assistance to start-up cooperatives and conversions and facilitating outreach efforts to cooperators and community-based organizations. She has published work ranging in topics from diversity in and access to service learning, sociology in action beyond the university, and the crisis facing bee colonies.

Learn more about the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition on their website: http://www.mcdcmadison.org
Learn more about the University of Wisconsin center for cooperatives: https://uwcc.wisc.edu/
Read the mentioned "Race to Equity" report at: https://racetoequity.net/

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