How Co-ops Thrive: A Day of Training for Anti-Oppression & Healthy Group Process

Join the Greater Boston Chamber of Co-ops for a day of training to grow skills and capacity for our co-op movement!

When?
Saturday, Sept 23rd.
9:30am-4pm.

Where?
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston St. in the Back Bay.

Schedule
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.
Who?
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.

Training Costs
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.

Membership
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.

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Drutopia – Drupal as a Service for an ecosystem of free software distributions

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:

Drutopia – Drupal as a Service for an ecosystem of free software distributions

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017, 6:30 PM

MIT Campus – E51-145 : http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=E51
MIT Cambridge, MA

1 Tech Lovers Attending

August is here, let’s celebrate Drupal! Why? – do we need a reason? While there is a regular monthly meetup there is also 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?Come learn about t…

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2 FREE webinars to get you collaborating!!!

 On Monday, July 17th at 12:30p ET (9:30a PT)

4 Hacks for Engaging & Collaborative Meetings (That Don’t Suck)!


Meetings can be tricky for all teams, but when well done they facilitate collective alignment and understanding on our work and strategies! Despite how important they may be, how many people actually love meetings?! When you have an organization full of inspiring leaders, tools that hack your meetings into flows and effective outcomes is essential and opens up the space for you to be your full self (and your team!).
Come to our free webinar to learn 4 simple HACKS to conduct engaging and efficient collaboratively-led meetings!  Register here directly and find out more about our Collaborative Leadership Webinar Series here.
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On Thursday, July 27th at 4:15p ET (1:15p PT)

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.

Come learn about Drutopia – A framework for an ecosystem of open source distributions – a hosted CMS

There is 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?

RESOLVED:
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

We will gather at MIT:
E51-145 : http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=E51
Date: Tue 07/18/17
Time: 6:30p – 9:00p

Food will be provided by Agaric and there will be a surprise 15 minute movie followed by a short discussion at 8:15pm

Thursday the 13th – At Harvard

We are resurrecting the Cooperation group for a double session of two exciting talks!
First, our friend and BKC fellow Yaso, will share a very successful activist project which is visibilizing unethical political expenditures in Brazil and Italy using Twitter bots, Telegram and open source tools.
Second, a guest and friend, Danny Spitzberg, is here from San Francisco to share the popular #BuyTwitter campaign, an initiative for the Twitter users to buy the platform and turn it into a platform co-op.
Third, we hope to go for drinks afterwards!
As usual, we will convene this Thursday, at 5pm, in the Conference Room at the Berkman Klein Center. Anyone interested in the topic is very welcome. We would appreciate if you spread the word!
Below you have additional info on both talks:
High impact activism with no resources: visibilizing unethical political expenditures (Yasodara Cordova)
Sometimes, you don’t need new and expensive tools to create colaboration. More generally, if a collective has no resources, but a good idea, how can communities aggregate outsiders in digital platforms? The #SerenataDeAmor Operation is a collective effort to mitigate and visibilize small leaks of money (due to corruption and unethical practices) that runs in politics (so far in Brazil and Italy). The project used very cheap infrastructure based in free/open source tools and commercial social media, to go beyond the activist bubble.
#BuyTwitter (Danny Spitzberg)
The campaign #BuyTwitter (https://www.buytwitter.org) aims to democratize the Twitter platform, with broad-based ownership and accountability similar to a co-op. Danny Spitzberg, a researcher studying cooperative conversions, is one of the volunteers behind this effort and will share what the group has achieved so far, as well as several scenarios they’re exploring with Twitter, other platforms, and rural co-op ISPs, too.

The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD)

June 9th-11th – Fordham University Lincoln Center

The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) is a non-profit cooperative organization established to aid in the continued growth of the workplace democracy movement. The ECWD is managed by the Coordinating Council, which is a group of worker-owners and members of support organizations that were elected by the general membership of the ECWD. The ECWD works in cooperation with the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives to promote and develop worker-owned enterprises regionally and nationally.

ECWD exposes people to the concept of worker-owned businesses; strengthens existing worker-owned businesses; develops relationships between democratically-owned businesses, labor institutions, and resource organizations; and builds the movement for workplace democracy. It is held every two years in the Eastern United States.

 

Employee Ownership Workshops

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in Boston will be hosting two upcoming workshops on cooperative business ownership. They’re free, and we hope you can attend and/or spread the word. Both workshops will take place at the Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Dudley Square (the Bolling Building).

Wednesday, May 31, 10:00-12:00: Employee Ownership Workshop
When a business owner wants to retire or do something different, selling the business to the workers is a great option, for many reasons. Learn about selling businesses to employees, different types of employee ownership, and improving business by engaging workers.
Learn more and RSVP

Thursday, June 22, 10:00-12:00: Employee Ownership – Making Business Better
If you have a great idea for a new business, why not make it a co-op? Cooperative ownership—that is, ownership of the company jointly by the workers—has many benefits. Co-ops can help small businesses access resources, achieve scale, and save money.
Learn more and RSVP
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Renters Tax Deduction Bill Hearing Set for June 13

The Mass Association of Housing Co-ops is supporting a bill to allow resident owners of housing co-ops to take advantage of the Commonwealth’s renters’ tax deduction (if they do not also take the federal homeowners deduction). This would benefit about 1,000 people each year, many of whom are lower income and may greatly benefit from the deduction.
The bill (H.3334/S.1520) will be heard before the Joint Committee on Revenue on Tuesday, June 13, at 10 am in State House Hearing Room B-2, in the Annex.
Housing co-op members are encouraged to contact their legislators to express support. In particular, the MAHC hopes that constituents will reach out and contact:

Legislators who are members of the Joint Committee on Revenue
Legislators from Boston and Cambridge, where many housing co-ops are located

Co-op residents are encouraged to contact their legislators and send a copy of letters and communications to MAHC.
Not sure who your state rep and senator are? Search here.

City Hall Solidarity 2017!

News came in from Joel Wool and Matt Meyer: If you in fact missed the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives meeting with City Hall on 1/24/2017, or you want to review it, the video of the hearing is here.
We had over 100 people attend! Thank you cooperators!
It made a big difference to have a crowd and as was evidenced in the hearing, we eased some councilors’ concerns with cooperatives while touting the benefits.
A couple of things you can do to support the momentum going forward:
  • -If you are a resident of or work or do business in Boston, please contact your city councilors or the entire city council* to thank them for holding a hearing (particularly frank.baker@boston.gov, josh.zakim@boston.gov) and urge their support for cooperative housing and business. It’s okay to be short and sweet! If you attended and testified, consider emailing along the testimony…
  • -Please read and share Ivy Lee’s piece in the Dig
  • -Share our photos when they are posted and join our Facebook group
  • -Stand by for future action alerts
*Here’s the full city council list:

Meeting with the City of Boston

We’re excited to have this amazing opportunity to speak with the leadership of Boston about cooperatives and how we can build a more just, sustainable, and democratic economy together.
The turnout tomorrow will set the tone of our conversations and negotiations with the City for months and possible years to come.
So if you’re able, take this last day to share the event on facebook and invite another friend or two by text or email.
We’ll be on the 5th floor of city hall, in the “Christopher A. Iannella chamber.”
4pm ET. on Tuesday the 24th of January
See you tomorrow!

Amnesty’s Northeast Regional Conference Nov. 11-12

We’re two weeks away from Amnesty’s Northeast Regional Conference, where you can gather with like-minded individuals and further develop your skills to continue the fight against human rights abuses around the world.

As human rights activists, we are challenged to expand awareness about human rights and initiate change within our own communities. Positive change for human rights comes from the collective grassroots activism of passionate individuals like you.

Join us at the Northeast Regional Conference from November 11th to November 12th at Boston University, Boston, MA. Together, we will work to change #OurWorld.

The last chance to register online is coming up, online registration closes on Monday November 7th at 11:59pm EST, so register today! We look forward to meeting you

In solidarity,
Johnny Gonzales
Senior Director of Events, Membership Mobilization
Amnesty International USA