Art Blundell: Why I serve on Modo’s Board of Directors
With nominations now open for Modo’s Board of Directors, we asked Art Blundell to share about his motivation to run for the board as well as his experience during the two years he’s served.
When my wife and I moved back to Vancouver in 2007 we wanted to remain carless. So we immediately joined Modo—and it exceeded our expectations. With at least five Modo cars within easy walking distance, we spent less on carsharing than we would have spent just insuring a car. Plus we were able to rent out our parking spot in our apartment.
Won over, I wanted to help carsharing grow so that more people could shed their cars, enjoy the financial windfall and help green Vancouver. The co-operative model also intrigued me: how co-ops—not just carsharing—help improve communities. So I decided to submit my nomination to serve on Modo’s board. With my background in governance (albeit of natural resource management), I thought I might have something to offer.
Fortunately for me, I won a seat. The year I was elected, Modo had just celebrated its 15th anniversary, its 10,000th member and a strong, profitable year. The two years I’ve served on the board has been a pleasure and an extraordinary learning experience, mainly because both Modo and its board are extremely well managed. Its fun to help strategize on how to build on Modo’s success and how transportation in Vancouver can progress into the 21st century—where anyone can share 300+ cars instead of owning just one.
The time commitment is minimal—one evening a month (for board meetings), plus attendance at the occasional (fun and engaging) community event—when compared with the opportunity we on the board have to help support the organization to continue to grow and sustain profitability while maintaining a high quality service that honours the needs of its member-owners.
I would encourage anyone with an interest who feels they have something to contribute to throw your hat in and run for one of the three positions on Modo’s board.
— Art Blundell