Cooperation DC event on Thurs, 3/22

ONE DC would like to invite you to this month’s People’s Platform eventCooperation DC: A path to decent, dignified and sustainable work.” This month, they will focus on principle number 2 of our People’s Platform manifesto, decent, dignified, & sustainable work for everyone who wants it. They will discuss cooperatives as an alternative to the current economic system of capitalism, as well as discuss startups and the challenges of worker coops while having fun! Free food and local cooperatives featured!

It will take place on Thursday, March 22nd from 6pm to 8:00pm at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (641 D St NW, Washington DC 20004Click here to RSVP


Worker Cooperative Jumpstart this Saturday

The Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy (BRED) will be hosting its second Worker Cooperative Jumpstart this Saturday! It will be a day long series of workshops focused on establishing and running worker cooperatives. So whether you’ve been a worker-owner for years, are thinking about starting a co-op, or just want to learn more this event is for you! Organizations and individuals welcome! More info here.

Click here to register

WC jumpstart

Gordon Nembhard on Everything Co-op

Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, tomorrow, at 10:30 a.m. for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Ph.D., Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development, and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.

During February, Everything Co-op celebrates Black History Month by focusing on the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s Theme. This year’s theme is “African Americans in Times of War.” Given the extensive research that Dr. Gordon Nembhard has conducted on the involvement of African Americans in Cooperatives in the Post Civil War Era, it is quite appropriate to have her return to Everything Co-op to discuss her findings.

Dr. Gordon is a cooperative ambassador, economist and community economic development expert. After 15 years of careful research, she published “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice”. Her book argues that co-ops not only should be, but have historically been a social justice tool within African American communities.

Her research has focused on community and asset-based economic development and democratic community economics; cooperative economics and worker ownership; racial and economic wealth inequality and wealth accumulation in communities of color, and alternative urban economic and youth educational development strategies. Her future research and policy analyses will connect community-based economic development, asset building, and economic justice strategies with community-based approaches to justice.

Don’t miss what promises to be an informative, lively conversation!

Next Meeting of the DC Cooperative Stakeholders Group is October 27th

The next meeting of the DC Cooperative Stakeholders Group will be on October 27th, from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. It will be held at the offices of the Dept. of Small and Local Business Development (aka DSLBD) – 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 805S, Washington, DC 20020.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP at this link:

Hope you can join us.

~ Rodney North

Who’s participating in the Stakeholders Group?

The Stakeholders Group first met on December 19, 2016. Since then we have met every month, sometimes in the offices of the DSLBD, sometimes at the Impact Hub, and sometimes at The Hive 2.0 in Anacostia.

Here’s a partial (but interesting) list of organizations who have been represented at one or more meetings of the Stakeholders Group:


CPA Co-op (Community Purchasing Alliance) 

Tightshift co-op 

Northwest Childcare Cooperative

DC Growers Co-op

A Few Cool Hardware Stores (part of the Ace Hardware co-op)



Dept of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)

Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development

My Brother’s Keeper



The National Cooperative Business Association

Credit Union National Association

National Association of Housing Cooperatives

US Association of Overseas Cooperative Development Council

Democracy At Work Network (technical assistance)

Network for Developing Conscious Communities

Alliance For Regional Co-operation (ARC)

Good Food Markets

The Democracy Collaborative

NDCC (Network for Developing Conscious Communities)

Dreaming Out Loud



WACIF (Wash. Area Community Investment Fund)

Capital Impact Partners

National Cooperative Bank (NCB)



KDC Cooperative Solutions (Mid-Atlantic Co-op Development Centre)


What is Cooperation DC working on?

Several months ago, Cooperation DC laid out their vision for 2017. And I am just posting this vision now.  Their vision is:

…to establish an ecosystem to launch and support worker-owned businesses in DC in the following ways:

  • Launch NW Childcare Cooperative: In 2017, we will launch a childcare women-owned business consisting of 15 Latina immigrant worker-owners. A grant award provided by the Meyer Foundation will enable the formulation of the business plan and launch.
  • Organize an African American Women-led Childcare cooperative East of the River: The efforts and lessons learned while organizing the NW childcare cooperative in 2016 will serve as the foundation to create the support and infrastructure needed to identify and develop the women that will form the worker-owned childcare cooperative business East of the River.
  • DSLBD Cooperative Convenings: Participating in stakeholder meetings will prove instrumental to creating a cooperative ecosystem by sharing current needs, mapping the current coop infrastructure, setting priorities, and addressing long-term and short-term needs.
  • Issuing the first Working World Peer Network loan to a DC local cooperative: we will build local and regional capacity through our participation in the Working World Peer Network.
  • Fundraising: In order to realize these goals we will need to fund raise $300,000 in calendar year 2017. If you’d like to support the (re)emerging cooperative movement in DC, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. No amount is too big or too small!

Click here for more info on Cooperation DC