How To Destroy A Co-Op (And How To Save One).
Dru Oja Jay is joined by Kevin Harding, one of the organizers of a spirited hail-mary attempt to save Mountain Equipment Co-op from being sold off to a US private equity firm.
Kevin is a public policy professional who works with cooperatives and community enterprises. In this episode, he shares about how tens of thousands of members mobilized to stop MEC’s sale, and came very close to being successful. Dru and Kevin also discuss the situation that led to the co-operative’s demise, what could have prevented it, and what became of the effort to save MEC.