LibrePlanet is an annual conference hosted by the Free Software Foundation for free software enthusiasts and anyone who cares about the intersection of technology and social justice. LibrePlanet brings together software developers, law and policy experts, activists, students, and computer users to learn skills, celebrate free software accomplishments, and face challenges to software freedom.
Worker Co-Ops and the Solidarity Economy in Worcester Massachusetts.
Connect, Strategize, and Build Together.
MARCH 16th and 17th —
Information and updates can be found on our event website
* *LOCATION: *Both days of the convening will be hosted at
*Worcester CleanTech Incubator,* located at 50 Portland Street,
Worcester, MA. It is heated and wheelchair accessible. Easy to
access by walking, cycling, and public transportation. Free
parking is available on the weekends and easy to find via
their Visitor Parking Guide.
* *TRAVEL: *If you need a ride or are able to offer one, please plug
your information into our Carpool Spreadsheet.
* *FOOD: *Light breakfast, coffee and lunch will be provided on both
days of the convening. If you have any dietary restrictions and
didn’t indicate them during your eventbrite registration, please
send them to me as soon as you can!
* *FUN: *Following day 1 of the convening, we’ll be hosting an open
mic and social at The Firehouse (126 Eastern Ave) in Worcester
starting at 5pm. Food will be provided and friends are welcome.
To sign up for the open mic: Please click here
* *HOUSING: *If you indicated a need for housing in your
registration, you will be receiving your homestay information
shortly. *If you did not indicate a need for housing and need it
in order to attend both days of the convening, please get in
contact with me (*firstname.lastname@example.org) and Addison
(*email@example.com) as soon as possible.
We will do our best to accomodate you!
* *AGENDA: *Full agendas for both days can be found on our website.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach
out! Looking forward to seeing you on March 16th and/or March 17th.
All the best,
Amethyst Carey, Emily Kawano, and the Convening Logistics Team
Mark your calendar for a night of networking and shaping the NYC solidarity economy agenda on April 11 from 6-9pm.
Solidarity Snapshot: Cole Carothers
“Practicing a genuine solidarity economy means dismantling these corrupt policies (read: red lining, colonization, etc) and supporting historically disenfranchised communities to have access to capital and other resources usually denied, hidden, or manipulated away from them.” – Cole Carothers
More Solidarity Economy News
Cooperative Leadership Institute News
The 2019 Cooperative Leadership Intensive kicked off with 14 awesome cooperators across sectors.
Check out the incredible work and vision of the new cohort!
Generation Solidarity Closes Out 2018
Thank you to all the members who generously dedicated time to introduce co-ops and solidarity economy strategies to a new generation of New Yorkers!
Participants played a game of Trustville with the New York City Community Land Initiative, learned about community development credit unions with Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, visited community gardens by bike with Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, and delved into the ins and outs of affordable housing co-ops with Urban Homesteading Assistance Board.
Want to learn more about getting your organization involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anti-Racism and Gentrification Trainings
Food co-operatives face unique challenges as place-based community organizations in a rapidly gentrifying city. To make sure our co-ops remain inclusive, and aligned with the cooperative principles and broader solidarity economy in NYC, we have to take on these challenges intentionally.
Peer educators have designed a two-day anti-racism and gentrification workshop to help co-ops kick off a process for deepening engagement with racial and social justice issues in their neighborhoods, so co-ops can be a force for justice rather than displacement. The workshop is followed by a self-determined program of study and support CEANYC customizes with each co-op.
Many thanks to Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) for supporting this work! We look forward to bringing this training to food co-ops throughout the northeast with CDI’s help. Want to know more? Email email@example.com.
We’ve been busy!
Last November CEANYC leaders, including Board member Mark Winston-Griffith, spoke at the New York City and State Hearing on Economic Democracy. Afterwards each of the elected officials who participated was given a map of the solidarity economy in their district. We’ve invited them to learn more about all of you directly. Stay tuned!
Partnering with over 30 different organizations, CEANYC Board and staff helped generate the CloseRIKERS #buildCOMMUNITIES platform, which includes calls to support cooperatives.
This month CEANYC staff and members created amendments to Governor Cuomo’s legislation that will legalize adult use cannabis. These amendments will support licenses to co-ops in a new lucrative industry. Shout out to Green Worker Co-ops and NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives leader Raybblin Vargas for spearheading the co-op amendment working group.
Last but not least, CEANYC Board and staff continue to meet with New Economy Project on their campaign CooperationNYC, which is meant to support municipal co-op policies.
Catch us presenting at the 2019 GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference! Registration closes March 28.
Join us at the CUNY Our Economy! Economic Democracy and System Change Conference April 12!
Our members are hiring! Check out our Jobs Board to see if there is work for you in the cooperative and solidarity economy.
Is your co-op hiring? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to post a listing!
In the Media
Listen to CEANYC Board Member Mark Winston Griffith on the co-op podcast Everything Coop!
CEANYC advisor and credit union legend Cliff Rosenthal published a book on the community development financial institution movement—grab it today! (And listen to him talk about the book in this appearance on Inside City Hall.)
General Coordinator and CEANYC co-founder Cheyenna Weber published this piece about our Solidarity Economy Giving Project for Philanthropy Women!
Request a Solidarity Economy 101 Workshop from one of our Peer Educators!
Register for our upcoming CEANYC Member Orientation on Friday, March 15!
Stop by our Resources Library to learn more about cooperative and solidarity economy work in NYC and around the world.
Noticias del CEANYC
Apunte la fecha para nuestra reunión anual, que se celebrará el 11 de abril de 2019 a las 6-9PM.
Instantánea Solidaria: Cole Carothers
“Practicar una auténtica economía solidaria significa desmantelar las políticas corruptas (léase: las estructuras de discriminación en el mercado de la vivienda, la colonización, etc.) y apoyar a las comunidades históricamente desfavorecidas para que tengan acceso a capital y otros recursos que generalmente son son denegados, ocultos o manipulados para no ser accesibles.” – Cole Carothers
Más Noticias de le Economía Solidaria
Noticias del Instituto de Liderazgo Cooperativo
Iniciamos nuestro Intensivo de Liderazgo Cooperativo 2019 con un conjunto de 14 increíbles cooperantes provenientes de una variedad de sectores. ¡Lea más sobre los participantes!
Cerramos Generación Solidaridad 2018
¡Muchísimas gracias a nuestros miembros que dedicaron su tiempo a introducir estrategías cooperativas a una generación nueva de Neoyorquinos!
Participantes jugaron un juego de Trustville con NYCCLI, aprendieron sobre uniones de crédito con Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, visitaron jardines comunitarias con el Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, y escucharon a la historia de cooperativas de vivienda en NYC con el Urban Homesteading Assistance Board.
¿Quiere apredner más sobre cómo involucrarse su organización? Mande un correo a email@example.com
Entrenamientos de Anti-Racismo y Gentrificación
Las cooperativas de alimientos se enfrentan desafíos únicos como organizaciones basado en el lugar en una ciudad que esta en el medio de gentrificación dramática. Para asegurarse que nuestros cooperativas permanecen inclusivos, y alineados con los principios cooperativas y la economía solidaria de NYC, tenemos que confrontar esos desafíos con intención. Nuestros educadores han deseñado un entrenamiento de dos días sobre anti-racismo y gentrificación para apoyar cooperativas empezar un proceso para fortalecen compromiso con cuestiones de justicia de raza y social en sus barrios, así que co-ops pueden ser fuerzas bara justicia en lugar de desplazamiento.
Campañas y Política
El pasado mes de noviembre CEANYC participó en la Audiencia de la Ciudad y el Estado de Nueva York Sobre la Democracia Económica. Hemos contactado a todos los funcionarios electos que participaron para ofrecerles mapas de la economía solidaria en sus distritos.
¡En asociación con más de 30 organizaciones distintas, CEANYC ayudó a generar la plataforma CloseRIKERS #buildCOMMUNITIES!
¡CEANYC está trabajando con otras cooperativas y organizaciones de apoyo en CooperationNYC, una campaña de base amplia para apoyar el desarrollo económico de base en toda la ciudad!
¡Nos ven al 2019 GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference! Registración cierra al 28 de Marzo.
¡Estaremos al Our Economy! Economic Democracy and System Change Conference el 12 de Abril!
Bolsa de Trabajo
¡Nuestros miembros están contratando! Consulte nuestra Bolsa de Trabajo para ver si hay trabajo para usted en la economía cooperativa y solidaria.
¿Está su cooperativa contratando? ¡Envíe un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org para publicar un listado!
En Los Medios
¡Escuche al miembro de la Junta Directiva de CEANYC Mark Winston Griffith en Everything Coop!
Asesor de CEANYC y una leyenda de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito, Cliff Rosenthal ha publicado un libro sobre el movimiento de instituciones de desarrollo financiero de la comunidad. ¡Consígalo hoy! (Y escúchale hablar sobre el libro).
La coordinadora general y cofundadora de CEANYC, Cheyenna Weber, publicó esta pieza en Philanthropy Women sobre nuestro Proyecto de Dar en la Economía Solidaria.
Regístrese para recibir un taller Solidarity 101 para su cooperativa u organización.
Regístrese para nuestro orientación de membresía el 15 de Marzo aquí!
Visita nuestro Biblioteca de Recursos para aprender más sobre cooperativas y la economía solidaria en NYC y por el mundo.
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Union Coops participant and fabulous person Rebecca Lurie and the Murphy Institute at CUNY have organized a conference about the transition to a new economy. The conference is free, it’s at the Murphy Institute near Grand Central. Details below, hope to see you all there.
Friday, April 12, 2019 — 9am-6pm @ CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
Can the economy be democratized? How can we transform it into a more socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable system? How can we combat the growing concentrations of power and wealth? What current practices point toward a participatory democracy and resilient next system?
Our current political economy is unjust, anti-democratic, and ecologically unsustainable. This reality has led to a host of efforts to transform our political economy. This conference will bring together leading academics, researchers, advocates, and practitioners for a day of discussion on how we can achieve systemic transformation and make a political economy that is equitable, democratic, and sustainable.
General registration for the OUR ECONOMY! Conference on April 12th can be found here:
News from our friends at – http://pocacoop.com
There’s a special deal for co-op members in the month of May at Somerville’s Community Acupuncture clinic, Open Space Community Acupuncture (http://openspaceacupuncture.com/)! The offer is $15 treatments all month to members of any cooperative. The $10 initial intake fee is also being waived. We are a clinic member of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture, a multi-stakeholder cooperative of acupuncturists, acupuncture patients, and community acupuncture clinics.
Join us at Canopy.city on Wednesday 12/6 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm EST for an evening with cooperative members from the Boston area as we welcome a fellow cooperator from San Francisco, Ana Martina the Membership Director of the USFWC (United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives) – http://usworker.coop.
Before joining the USFWC, Ana Martina had been working in both the US and Mexico to support the growth of community media. Ana will give us an update on the initiatives the USFWC has been working on in 2017 and what is coming up in 2018 that you can get involved in.
Ben will give us an update on Drutopia (http://drutopia.org) – a Drupal-based Libre Software as a Service platform where members are included in how the platform evolves and grows.
Micky will give an update on other projects that are being built now as part of the Platform-Cooperativism (http://platform.coop) movement.
2017 has been a very good year for raising awareness about cooperatives and new economy business models that are working for many communities.
The objective is to build communities that are self-sustainable… what does that really mean?
1. It means that the businesses in your community would actually contribute to the wealth and health of the community members.
2. This means that extractive businesses must be recognized and excised from the community. How do we do this? It is a concerted effort to identify extractive businesses, like perhaps a Walmart or Target stores.
3. We must organize effectively to rid our towns of these companies that just take assets from our communities and give nothing back except a few low wage, low level jobs.
Here is a great example of a community in Jackson, Mississippi that is doing the right things effectively – this book is available now and a fantastic read – it is full of strategies that can be applied to any city or town – (Cooperation Jackson)
Please note – to get involved in shaping the future of your community, you do not have to be a programmer or a developer, you can just be someone that has a good idea and the willingness to share it for discussion. You can be an artist, a musician, a writer, an activist, a community organizer or you may just have an interest or some experience in sales and marketing – there is a role for you and your skills in building a caring and inclusive community!
We will share information on some successful projects that are in progress that pave the way for communities to take back control of their assets.
WE RUN THE SHOW > COMMUNITIES ARE PEOPLE.
Snacks and food will be provided by Agaric!
Canopy City Co-working
14 Tyler St.
October is Co-op Month and there’s an amazing list of ways to educate and organize coming up.
In particular, our first annual meeting is coming up on Oct 24!
Check it out!
Oct 3: Co-op Investment Club Visitor’s Night
The Boston Cooperative Investment Club is hosting a visitor’s night. Wanna learn how people are taking their money out of big banks and supporting a more cooperative economy? More information here.
7-9pm @ Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain.
Oct 17th: Tenant’s Right to Purchase
The Mass Assc of Housing Co-ops introduced a bill to the state legislature that would support a tenant’s right of first refusal to purchase their building when if goes up for sale. There’s a hearing to discuss it on Oct 17th and a huge turnout would be a powerful sign of interest in this kind of co-op legislation.
10:00 AM in room B-21 of the State House
Oct 19: Mass Assc of Housing Cooperatives Annual Meeting
MAHC is organizing housing cooperatives all across our state. They’ve been mobilizing resident-owners for important legislative work. Learn more and get connected here.
Oct 24: Annual Meeting of the Chamber of Co-ops
Our first annual meeting! This is a big milestone for the co-op movement in Boston. Join us for an evening of celebrating the work we’ve done so far, electing our new leadership, and visioning where we go from here.
6-9pm. Location: TBD.
Oct 25: Harvest Co-op Annual Meeting
Harvest is in a time of major transition and this will be a particularly important election of five new board members. If you’re a Harvest member, you’re enthusiastically invited to this year’s annual meeting.
The Chamber is in the midst of our membership campaign leading up to our first annual meeting.
To learn more and sign up to be a founding member of the Chamber, check out the official membership forms here:
Membership for Individuals
The Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives centers racial and economic justice in its work of strengthening and expanding the Greater Boston cooperative economy through education, advocacy, and collaboration among its member organizations.
Through shared resources and cross-sector collective action, we are working to build a more just, democratic, and sustainable economy.
Join the Greater Boston Chamber of Co-ops for a day of training to grow skills and capacity for our co-op movement!
Saturday, Sept 23rd.
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston St. in the Back Bay.
9:30am Coffee and Donuts
10am-1pm Facilitation For The Win:
Advanced Skills for Guiding Co-op Groups
1-2pm Lunch on your own
2-4pm Healthy Cooperative Communications
RSVP here http://bit.ly/2fescO1
& get more info and share the event on facebook.
The Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives is partnering with the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives to host a day of intensive trainings on how to help our Boston area cooperatives run better, through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lense. Our trainer, the amazing Esteban Kelly, is the co-Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, is a cofounder of the AORTA anti-oppression training collective, a founder of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), has been a staff member for NASCO, and was inducted into NASCO’s Hall of Fame.
For members of the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives:
$30 per workshop, or $50 for both.
For non-members, $40 per workshop or $70 for both.
Limited need-based scholarships will be available.
Cooperative organizations and individuals will have the chance to sign up as members of the Chamber at the training.
While these workshops are geared towards members and staff of worker and housing cooperatives, this event is open to the public. Anyone involved in social justice groups more generally and particularly those working in the Solidarity Economy/New Economy movement would benefit from this training.
How do I sign up?
Here again is link to RSVP – http://bit.ly/2fescO1
& to invite folks and share the event on facebook.
Drutopia – Drupal as a Service for an ecosystem of free software distributions.
We are on a mission to build a Drupal as a Service full featured distribution of Drupal for organizing and campaigns. There is NationBuilder and other proprietary tools that are available, but why not a Drupal solution? How would a cooperative hosting solution work? Come and discuss the possibilities and opportunities.
Come learn about the Drutopia distribution and how grassroots groups will be able to easily create a Drupal 8 site with pre-configured selectable features and the SAAS hosting option. Drutopia.org
So for those outside the Drupal/FreeSoftware community, I’ve been skipping over Drutopia and just talking about Solidarity. I find that people just get confused with the relationship between Drutopia and Solidarity and it’s really Solidarity that is going to be most interesting and relevant to them.
So with that in mind, here’s a first draft of text for the one page informational sheet.
Our movements are growing and more easily coordinating with one another to live out these values of solidarity, but all too often we’re dependent on platforms and tools that don’t have our best interests in mind.
Solidarity is a member-based, Libre Software as a Service tool for grassroots organizations to effectively network and organize online.
The platform is built around four main features: groups, campaigns, actions and news.
A hosted option is available for $50/month which provides membership to Solidarity, covers security updates for the site and priority in determining the roadmap for future development.
Learn more at drutopia.org/solidarity
We will gather at the Tang center at MIT in room E51:
E51-145 : http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=E51
Date: Tue 08/22/17
Time: 6:30p – 9:00p
We will have dinner after the meetup at Clover in Kendall Square.
Unless you have already spoken to an Agaric and confirmed… Please RSVP here:
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4 Tips for Achieving True Accountability in Your Teams and it’s not micromanaging them!
‘How to get accountability’ gets 93 MILLION results in a Google search! Getting workable accountability (for ourselves) and our teams can be really challenging, especially in this day and age with so many competing and complex demands. And, micromanaging our teammates is damaging to both a healthy work ethic and workplace relationships.
Join our free webinar to learn how to get true accountability with the members on your team on a regular basis while expanding capacity to get more done and strengthen relationships at the same time. Register here directly and find out more about our Collaborative Leadership Webinar Series here.