Call for Cooperative Project Proposals

Hear ye! Hear ye!

The Cooperative for Research in Entrepreneurship and Apprenticeships (CREA) of the Lower Laurentians invites you to imagine the project that you would put in place, if you had the support of friends and experts. We’re starting that cooperative by collecting project proposals, and organizing the exchanges that will make it all work.

Mission Statement

Together, to inspire the development of entrepreneurial, micro-entrepreneurial, and apprenticeship programs by sharing resources and knowledge in a cooperative. In premises such as workshops, studios, a kitchen, and gardens, and via services such as day care of dependents, accounting, computers, and holistic care.

We expect to start providing services in June and to open premises over the course of the summer. In the next few weeks, we’re going to apply for start-up financing under the aegis of the Québec government’s 2015-2020 Action Plan to Develop a Social Economy. To support that application, we invite you to answer three questions:

1 –I am…

2 –I want to offer CREA members as well as the general public this (service, product, activity)…

3 –The CREA will make it possible for me to go ahead with my (service, product, activity), because with the cooperative, I can…

Here are a few examples of projects under consideration:

  • The Print our Home cooperative. 
  • A community vegan kitchen
  • A single parent who wants to start a communal chicken coop, and needs land as well as construction help.
  • A day care and clubs for homeschooling families, with children getting access to the experts and specialists on site.
  • Establishing a studio for yoga, dance, singing, and meditation
  • Local newspaper

So : to your tablets! We’re starting a conversation, there is no obligation or risk, just a good chance to get your project going. We’ll know on or around April 30th if our application for start-up financing suits the government, but we won’t be waiting for them to get started. We’ll have news for you soon about how we intend to go forward.

Sweet dreams 🙂

Open Source Machines for Everyone!

From their site:

“OSE is currently developing a set of open source blueprints for the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) – a set of the 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist – everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. In the process of creating the GVCS, OSE intends to develop a modular, scalable platform for documenting and developing open source, libre hardware – including blueprints for both physical artifacts and for related open enterprises.”

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Horizontal Management for MBAs

Harvard Business Review co-opting consensus governance for the mainstream, and explaining it as a bridge for MBA students and other administrators.

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Here’s our take on it: Self-Management.


6-Hour Work Day for a Whole Country

By C Perry & T Mackenzie

Following Toyota’s lead, Sweden is gradually switching to a 6 hour work day.  

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Update February 2017: There is some controversy, as their tests in the public health sector cost more than expected. It seems important to look at a variety of solutions for different industries.

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Insist on Rational Material Choices

By C Perry & T Mackenzie

Sustainable building means using materials that are healthy, affordable, local, and as little transformed as possible. It might sound daunting, but most of these solutions are the simpler ways, and the older ways. They are frequently healthier and local by nature.

Passive Solar Design Principles

Please consider sharing this among your Francophone contacts: these architectural and passive solar design principles reduce the energy costs of a home enough to nearly eliminate heating and cooling costs, even here in Quebec.  People should know, and insist that their developers know, too.

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