Demystifying the Law – Equal Exchange Cafe on Dec. 2nd 2015

Hi folks – there will be an event happening at the Equal Exchange Cafe on Dec. 2nd
around co-op law, so if you are interested, or know of someone who might
be, please pass this along:

Event Details

Are you a worker cooperative who could use some help demystifying the law?

Are you a technical assistance provider who would like to connect with
worker cooperatives and learn more about the law yourself?

If so, please join us on Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. to meet
lawyers, law students, and other technical assistance providers who are
working together to create and share valuable resources and information for
worker cooperatives in Massachusetts.

This event will also serve as the official release party for a publication
created by students of Harvard Law School’s Community Enterprise Project of
the Transactional Law Clinics (CEP). In collaboration with Lydia
Edwards, J.D. LLM, Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services and
Sustainable Economies Law Center Fellow, and Stacey Cordeiro, founder of
the Boston Center for Community Ownership, this document aims to demystify
the intricacies of the law as they relate to worker cooperatives.

Join us over Equal Exchange coffee and tea to learn more about the ways in
which lawyers and other technical assistance providers can assist your
business, as well as to teach us about ways in which we can better address
your cooperative’s needs.

Hope to see you there!

Location: Equal Exchange Cafe, 226 Causeway St., Boston, MA 02114

(accessible from North Station, Green or Orange Line)

*Presentation to begin at 7 p.m.*

USFWC Mix and Mingle!

Hi WORC’N folks!

The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives is having our annual Board retreat this weekend, here in Boston, and we’d love to see you while we’re in town!

We’re going to mix and mingle, low-key informal style, at Sacco’s Bowl Haven on SATURDAY NOV. 21, starting around 7:30pm.
(45 Day Street, Somerville MA)
If you’re around, please drop by, connect with USFWC board and staff from around the country, talk co-op shop, and maybe even bowl a bit 🙂

We hope to see some old friends and meet new ones!
~ Amy, Esteban and the USFWC Board

Platform Cooperativism – What is it?

Let’s connect with people that are building cooperative platforms.  On Friday November 6th we will meet at the Industry Lab in Cambridge from 6:30-8pm. Please RSVP HERE

On November 13 and 14, Agaric members will be going to the New School in New York City, where they are hosting a coming-out party for the cooperative Internet, built of platforms owned and governed by the people who rely on them. The program will include discussion sessions, screenings, monologues, legal hacks, workshops, and dialogues, as well as a showcase of projects, both conceptual and actual. We’ll learn from coders and worker cooperatives, scholars and designers. Together, we’ll put their lessons to work as we work toward usable apps and structural economic change. This is your chance to get on the ground floor of the next Internet, and to help make it a reality. Registration is free, and tickets are still available.

It looks to be a great opportunity to connect with some potential allies, and come upon some well-thought-out ideas. Please, take a look at the participants list and see if there is anyone interesting you would like to connect with:

There are some wild projects and goings-on: this is not your average conference! If you are going, we could discuss how we might work together to cover more ground at the conference. If you cannot attend, but would like us to bring along certain ideas, or raise certain questions, we’ll do our best to make those connections.

Platform Cooperativism is convened by Trebor Scholz (The New School) and Nathan Schneider (University of Colorado Boulder).

Anyone interested in carpooling  – contact us.

Further reading:

By Trebor Scholz:
Platform “Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy” (December 5, 2014)
”Think Outside the Boss,” Public Seminar (April 5, 2015)

By Nathan Schneider
“Owning Is the New Sharing,” Shareable (December 21, 2014)

We have setup a way for you to join our dialog, even if you cannot attend the event.  Add to the list of projects and speakers you would like to see and share notes on, before, during or after the conference :