Charity Schmidt is a cooperative development specialist at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives. In this clip from a full episode of All Things Co-op, she shares how the program's ecosystem building with community partners who better know the on-the-ground needs is a critical part in addressing Madison's income inequality and racial disparities, as well as her perspectives that cooperatives on their own can't provide total support and other support structures are needed in tandem for their success.
"So if the women from the home care co-op are saying "Well, we can't be secure owners of a business when we don't have secure child care, and for our work that means having second and third shift child care um available to us..." It's like serving several needs at once... In some of these cases worker co-op business is not the only solution or it's not going to work without these broader support services, or building things that can work in tandem, together."
Watch the full episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEWR1vaOpxo
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