If you’re new to worker cooperatives or co-ops in general, come out to this Co-op 101 by Stacey Cordiero from the Boston Center for Community Ownership. A great way for start-up groups or for businesses considering transitioning to a co-op to get their feet wet and understand the benefits of cooperation.
Date & Time: Thursday October 17, 6pm
Location: 1151 Massachusetts Avenue, basement meeting room. Easily accessible by Bus or metro, if you are coming from Boston take the #1 bus or if you take the Red Line get off @ the Harvard Sq. station. 2-3 blocks away from the T station.
Presented by the Boston Center for Community Ownership (http://bcco.coop)
Monday, October 21 from 6-8pm
UNITE HERE! Local 26 at 33 Harrison Ave, Boston, 3rd floor
Come meet five leaders from the cooperative sector of Mexico’s Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) for an inspiring discussion of cooperative economic development and the role of international solidarity in fostering cooperative movement.
Cooperatives, including worker-owned businesses, community-owned grocery stores, credit unions and more, are humanizing the economy across Boston and the world. Come meet five leaders from the cooperative sector of Mexico’s Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) for an inspiring discussion of cooperative economic development and the role of international solidarity in fostering cooperative movement. This is the final stop on a ten day delegation across New England by co-ops associated with the FAT, hosted by co-ops affiliated with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE).
Co-sponsored by United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), WORC’N (worcn.org), Jobs with Justice, Cooperative Fund of New England and the National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter.
Here’s a quick calendar and related notes for WORC’N Fall activities. We have a lot going on, which is very exciting, including participation in a regional Solidarity and Green Economy Conference in Worcester, a potential event with a Mexican co-op delegation, and our regular Peer Resource Group, Co-op 101 and General Assembly events.
One particularly exciting note- In an effort to spread work around and allow the Steering Committee to step back from event planning and step into steering WORC’N, we are launching an Events Committee! This committee, to date including Lynn, James, and Reed, is charged with coordinating logistics around WORC’N events. Please give a hearty Thank You to Lynn, James and Reed, and if you are interested in joining this committee, please let me or any other steering committee member know. Now, without further ado:
The WORC’N Fall Calendar
All events from 6 pm – 8 pm unless noted
October 10, Peer Resource Group focusing on Restoring Roots Gardeners’ Co-op, a new edible landscape design and implementation co-op @ Make Shift, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston. Contact Ben Mauer with questions.
October 15, Steering Committee Meeting (10 am to 11 am) and Launch of Events Committee (11 am to noon). Location TBA (possibly Museum of Science). Contact me or any other steering committee member if you want to come.
October 17, Worker Co-op 101 @ 1151 Mass Ave, Cambridge. Contact Stacey Cordeiro with questions.
October 21, Potential event with a delegation from the cooperative sector of UE’s sister union in Mexico, the Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT). Save the date and more info will come as we learn it.
November 9-10, SAGE Conference, 5 Pleasant St, 3rd floor Worcester. For more details, see http://www.worcestersagealliance.org/?page_id=11 and if you want to go as part of a WORC’N delegation, contact me or one of the other steering committee members. We are looking into holding a regional worker co-op meet-up at this conference, so keep an eye out for more related information.
November 14, Peer Resource Group focusing on Hummingbird Co-op, a new house cleaning co-op @ Boston Collective Delivery, 12 Channel St, Boston. Contact James Bachez with questions.
November 19, Steering Committee (10 am to 11:30 am) @ Make Shift, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston.
November 21, Worker Co-op 101 @ 1151 Mass Ave, Cambridge. Contact Stacey Cordeiro with questions.
December 12, General Assembly and Social @ Just Crust, Harvard Sq, Cambridge. Contact James Bachez with questions.
Introduction to Cooperatives workshop
September 19, 2013, 6-8 pm
Hosted by: MataHari: Eye of the Day
1 Milk St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
This workshop will give an introduction to starting and running a cooperative business. Worker-owned cooperatives are owned and controlled by their members and are a way of providing employment for their members and needed services for the larger community. After this workshop you will understand the difference between worker, consumer, and producer cooperatives, and learn about new hybrid models of co-op businesses. You will have a sense of the history and global reach of cooperative businesses, the logistics of how they operate internally, and the steps needed to get one started.
Co-sponsored by the Worker Owned and Run Cooperative Network (worcn.org) and the Boston Center for Community Ownership (bcco.coop).
Please comment on this post to let us know if you plan on attending!
Shift Change is a documentary film by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin. It tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.
When: Friday, September 20th
Where: Democracy Center (45 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge )
Shift Change offers us living examples as well as an inspiring vision of what a productive, just, and sustainable economy can look like. The film’s core message can help to build bridges across different groups who are united in their commitment to the economic vitality and fairness of their own communities. The overall message, the cases, and the analysis are exactly what we need to help chart pathways out of the global economic crisis.
WORC’N will be having it’s second Quarterly General Assembly & Social this Thursday, September 12, from 5:30pm to 8pm
General Assembly: 5:30pm
Social: around 6:30pm
Location: Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston MA 02118
First, we’ll hold a General Assembly, where the Steering Committee will report out on our work, and we’ll discuss ideas and proposals that folks send in advance. If you have a proposal or idea, please send it to Ben Mauer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Then we’ll have a good old fashioned food and social hour. You are welcome to come to either or both parts of the evening, and are strongly encouraged to invite other members of your co-op to attend.
See you soon!
The Steering Committee has been talking over email and we felt pulling together a Peer Resource Group this month would be difficult given various vacation and travel schedules. So we decided to cancel the Peer Resource Group for August. Stay tuned for an announcement in late August or early September on the location and topic for the next Peer Resource Group.