Upcoming Worker Cooperative Conference in Philadelphia

The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, “Growing our Cooperatives, Growing our Communities,” will take place July 26-28, 2013.  GEO, ECWD and Mariposa Food Co-op are sponsoring the one-day pre-conference “Advancing the Development of Worker Cooperatives” (ADWC) 2013 on July 26, 2013. Registration is closing on Friday July 12th, if you miss that date then you have to register on site.

July 26, 2013
University of the Sciences
Rosenberger Hall Room 102
600 S. 43rd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

From 8 AM (light breakfast) to 5:30 PM (lunch included), and then meets up with opening dinner and community showcase for ECWD at 6 PM on Friday July 26th.

Here is a basic summary of the conference:

Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO), the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy and Mariposa Food Co-op are pleased to announce the Advancing the Development of Worker Cooperatives (ADWC) 2013 pre-conference, which will focus on successful inter-cooperative approaches to self-financing and financing within the co-op movement.

The purpose is to focus on positive efforts, explore how can we bring these strategies to scale, increase awareness of these successes, and facilitate adoption and employment of them by other cooperatives. We will examine what the movement is doing to promote worker cooperatives and help worker co-ops thrive financially. The preconference will include presentations of a variety of strategies followed by break-out discussions and report backs. We especially encourage participants who are worker-owners and those engaged in worker co-op financing and development.

Register at http://www.east.usworker.coop/content/registration-payment. $50 if attending the ECWD, and $85 for the pre-conference only (includes meals).

Jessica Gordon Nembhard will also be speaking at the conference:
“African American Cooperatives and the Struggle for Economic Independence”
University of the Sciences
Rosenberger Hall Room 102
600 S. 43rd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 25, 2013, from 7-9 PM.

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