Cooperative Model Instrumental in Supporting Reintegration

Blog highlights why cooperatives are such a valuable component of the reintegration process

Co-creating a Restorative Community

Part 9 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

A 'Delicious Idea' for a Worker Co-op In Peterborough

Part 8 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

A New Art Form – Living the Emerging Narrative

Reflections from the Harper Park Wetlands Summit March 25, 2017

Latest NewsA New Story of Peterborough

Calling a Conversation on Harper Park

March 25 Summit 'a wonderful opportunity for community stewardship:' Kim Zippel

Harper Park is a little known ecological gem within the city of Peterborough. It is home to a large percentage of native plant species and area-sensitive birds and mammals, the likes of which are rarely found within city limits.
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Cooperative Model Instrumental in Supporting Reintegration

Blog highlights why cooperatives are such a valuable component of the reintegration process

In preparing for the upcoming Summit on establishing Worker Coop for former inmates, I came across this blog, “Social co-operatives and prison systems” which reports on the panel discussion on point at the 2015 International Labour Organization’s Co-operatives and the World of Work Research Conference in Antalya, Turkey. Drs. Beth Weaver and Isobel M. Findlay, whose findings are discussed in my blog series were joined by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, who organised and moderated the panel.
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Co-creating a Restorative Community

Part 9 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

People commit crimes for many reasons. There is a high correlation between criminal acts and unemployment, poverty, under education and substance abuse. Hugh Segal has written about it in his work on guaranteed income. It is acknowledged in the publication of the Fraser Institute, the bastion of Canadian conservative values, which I mentioned earlier in this series. People who work in the field deal with it on a daily basis. Spend any time inside prison walls or talking to those who have offended, as I have, and the connection is glaringly obvious. Crime is a societal phenomenon — our response ought as well to emanate from the collective will.
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The Resilience of and Success Markers for Worker Co-ops

Part 7 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

As you read in my last post, the recent research conducted by two scholars, corroborates earlier studies and concludes that the worker co-op model goes beyond just providing an employment opportunity (which is in itself a vital piece of successful reintegration) but its culture and relational environment “provide(s) holistic and individualised resettlement support for both former/prisoners and their family… which create(s) opportunities for social participation.”
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Worker Co-op Model Proving Supportive of Rehabilitation

Part 6 in a blog series exploring a community-based response to our criminality crisis

In my last post, I quoted from the report produced by the John Howard Society which recognized how the worker co-op model could be supportive of the rehabilitation process. That suggestion has now been supported by the work of two other researchers.
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