Dan Ohler of the Sangudo Opportunity Development Co-op, on community investment

For over 17 years, Dan Ohler has been supporting organizational and community leaders from across rural Canada to “think outside the barn.” In this talk to the KEEPING IT RURAL 2017 conference hosted by SIBAC/BC Rural Centre, Dan describes how concerned citizens in his small rural community of Sangudo, Alberta came together in 2010 to do something about its social and economic downward trend. They formed the Sangudo Opportunity Development Co-op, an organization that has raised and invested over $1 million in the Sangudo community since its inception. Dan describes the Sangudo experience, and suggests ways other rural communities can mobilize their social, emotional, and intellectual capital in this inspiring address.