Join us Wednesday night 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 (http://usworker.coop) (United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives) -
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.
Micky will give an update on other projects that are being built now as part of the Platform Cooperativism movement (http://platform.coop) (which can include large worker cooperatives using an online platform).
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 (http://www.cooperationjackson.org/announcementsblog/2017/10/20/new-book-on-the-radical-experiment-in-jackson-mississippi-released)
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! See you at canopy.city
If you cannot make it tonight, tune into our Jitsi Channel at :6:30pm EST.
and view from the comfort of your own home!!!