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DC Workshop on Co-ops

Join Vernon Oakes, host of Everything Co-op for an informative workshop on How Co-ops Strengthen Communities. The workshop is sponsored by The Hive 2.0, and will be held at 1231 Good Hope Road Southeast Washington, DC 20020. If you’ve been listening to Everything Co-op, and want to learn about what you’ve heard; then join Vernon for this workshop.

The Hive 2.0 is a co-workspace location in Washington, DC. On Monday June 26th at 6PM the organization will sponsor the first workshop in their Summer Workshop Series “How Co-ops Strengthen Neighborhoods” lead by Rodney North, former Answer Man for the Equal Exchange worker-owned cooperative.

                                 Here’s an outline for the Workshop

* What is a co-op?

* Examples of co-ops in the daily lives of Americans

* Why is the co-op model particularly useful in strengthening

* How do co-ops meet basic needs in ways that the marketplace does not?

* Examples of co-ops elsewhere who are meeting needs other communities

* The current – and potential – reality of co-ops

There is a modest fee of $10 to attend the event. To register, Click Here!

So many subscribers have asked for access to the June 8th Rodney North interview on Everything Coop. To Listen to the interview Click Here!

Time for transportation co-ops?

Back in October, the Washington Post had an article about Metro’s planned cuts primarily affecting the predominantly African-American neighborhoods. Is a perfect opportunity to organize transportation co-ops to get people to work and other places? Maybe even Metro and/or the DC Government would even help fund some of costs or even make in-kind donations? Or would this be co-opted by Uber and Lyft to undermine Metro further? 

DC’s Community Compost Cooperative Network

As many of you likely know, DC has started a free composting program with drop-off locations in every ward. Compost collection has already begun at Eastern Market. It will start on May 13 at the Columbia Heights, Glover Park Burleith, 14th and Kennedy, Brookland, and Parkside-Kenilworth farmers markets. It will begin on May 20 at the University of the District of Columbia and on June 3 at the Ward 8 Farmers Market. It will run year-round at Eastern Market and through market season at the remainder of the sites.

Did you know that DPR has started a Community Compost Cooperative Network, which allows you also to drop off your food scraps at your neighborhood cooperative at any time? To join each member must take an hour training and help process compost 1-hour a month.  Each cooperative can handle around 100 active composters or about 1 ton of material a month. Currently there are about 1000 people composting in this network. Find your local DC cooperatives on this interactive map.

Protect the name “co-operative”

We have learned that the United Kingdom’s Co-operative Bank is to be sold. The danger is that the bank will be sold to international investors without the name of the bank being changed.

We owe it to the members of the thousands of genuine co-operatives operating within the United Kingdom, to make sure that the integrity of the word “co-operative” is maintained. These are co-operatives that are often essential in their daily lives. We should also understand that any many parts of the world co-operatives are vital to the well-being of millions of people, so we should no allow the word ‘co-operative’ to be misused.

We want to get the UK regulator to exercise his power to stop the misuse of the term “Co-operative”. I have worked with co-operatives in more than 40 different countries and I know how important it is that when an organization is called “co-operative” that it is truly genuine.

Please sign this petition to protect the name “co-operative.”

Edgar Parnell, Witney, United Kingdom

Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invite proposals for Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives. Working together, the Cooperatives will develop technical and human infrastructures to support the digital publication of documentary and scholarly editions and to provide for their long-term preservation, discovery, and use. This initiative responds to the urgent need of scholars and documentary editors for reliable, sustainable, authoritative, and field-driven outlets for publication and discovery of digital editions. At the same time, we hope to investigate the possibility of creating a federated system or systems for publishing and sustaining digital editions. Developing the Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives will be a two-stage process for Planning and Implementation.

Up to eight planning grants will provide funds to support the first stage of this multi-year endeavor, beginning no later than February 1, 2018. Each project team will consist of a principal investigator to spearhead the initiative, a lead representative from each of at least three participating editions and the host institution(s). During the Planning stage, each team will develop a proposal for implementing a Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative. Planning grants are for one year and up to $100,000.

All planning teams would be eligible to apply for Implementation funding. Three implementation grants of between $350,000 and $500,000, each for up to three years, are expected to be awarded, for a total of up to $1.25 million. Implementation grants will be awarded in September 2019, with a start date of no later than October 1, 2019. A full description of the program, its outcomes, and a glossary of special terminology, are available at:

Deadline for Proposals: July 6, 2017

To view the full announcement, visit:

Want to learn more? Join the Webinar, March 30, 2017, 3:00 p.m. EST

Potential applicants can also learn more by joining our webinar on March 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To join the webinar, go to: and enter your name and email address. You do not need to pre-register for the webinar.

For additional information:

Contact Darrell Meadows, NHPRC Director for Publishing, at (202) 357-5321 or

Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin on Everything Coop

Tune in to WOL 1450 AM tomorrow for Everything Co-ophosted by Vernon Oakes. In honor of Women’s History Month Vernon interviews Dr. Ann Hoyt, Vernon and Dr. Hoyt will discuss the influence of Women in the cooperative movement, and the role women have played in the areas of the movement that she has worked in.

Hoyt is an internationally known expert on cooperatives, who began her distinguished career in the 1960s as a member of the Berkley Consumer Food Co-op. Her academic interest in cooperatives took root in graduate school at University of California at Davis, where her Master’s Thesis focused on the Consumer Cooperative of Sacramento.

Always active in the national food cooperatives, Ann began her 25 year directorship of the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) in 1988. Her love of teaching led to work in board education and governance, and the launch of an intensive education program for food cooperative managers, the Cooperative Management Institute (CMI). She has trained several thousand cooperative and non-profit directors and managers throughout the country and is the creator of a video-based director training program for cooperatives.  Hoyt is the recipient of the 2014 Cooperative Service Award from CCMA, the Howard Bowers Fund, and was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2016. Currently Dr. Hoyt is Board President of Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin.

To view the Heroes video of Dr. Hoyt’s involvement in the Cooperative Movement Click Here!
To listen live online Click Here!
or Click Here! to Listen on your cell phone with Tune-in Radio

Monday: The Power of Cooperative Ownership in the Black Community


The Power of Cooperative Ownership in the Black Community

Mon 2/13, 3:30  – 5pm

National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor)

Cooperatives continue to play a significant role in social and economic development in the Black community. From economic independence and desegregated housing, to small farmer empowerment and food security, cooperatives are an integral part of the Black experience that has often been silenced. Accordingly, the panel will explore the potential of cooperatives to drive economic growth and social progress in the United States and abroad. The panel will be moderated by Ellis Carr and feature Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Cornelius Blanding, LaKeisha Wolf, and Alex Serrano as speakers.

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