Local and State Worker Co-op Policy Initiatives from DAWI

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Co-op Conference in Santa Barbara: Register Today: WestCo, April 15-17

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WestCo | April 15-17, 2016 | Santa Barbara, CA

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WestCo, an annual conference for members of cooperatives in the Western United States and Canada, will be held this year in Santa Barbara, CA from April 15th through 17th.

WestCo is a space for local cooperators to build community, attend educational workshops and social events, and celebrate their common interests and experiences. This year’s conference is organized by members of the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative.

The conference schedule , logistical information, and a rideshare board are online. Confirmed workshops include:

  • Foundational Facilitation Skills
  • Recycling, Composting, and Environmental Stewardship
  • Vegan Cooking
  • Sustainable Home Gardens
  • Intersectionality and Interfaith

Registration is $20 per person and covers housing and four meals. Register online by April 10th to secure housing.

We look forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara!


Friday April 15
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Welcome and Registration
8:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Pizza Party and Bonfire

Saturday, April 16
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Morning Yoga
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Tour of SBSHC Co-ops
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Course Block 1
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM – Course Block 2
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Course Block 3
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
7:15 PM – 8:00 PM – Sunset Beach Stroll
9:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Party

Sunday, April 17
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Brunch
11:45 AM -1:15 PM – Workshop
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM – Farewells

Register Online
Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative logo
Founded in 1976, the Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op (SBSHC) provides low rent co-op housing for nearly 100 students, staff, and faculty of the University of California at Santa Barbara. SBSHC strives to engage in continuous educational programs that further the principles of cooperation through mutual, self-help living at a minimal cost.
Copyright 2016, North American Students of Cooperation, All rights reserved.

The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Family of associations organizes and educates affordable group equity co-ops and their members for the purpose of promoting a community oriented cooperative movement.

Our mailing address is:
330 S. Wells St
Suite 618-F
Chicago, IL 60606


CUBA: Socialism, Cooperatives and Building a Solidarity Economy

The Center for Global Justice
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Cuba: Socialism, Cooperatives, and Building a Solidarity Economy
June 19 to July 2, 2016
Dear fellow co-op practitioner,

Cuba is going co-op! This is to invite you to observe first-hand Cuba’s bold shift from a state-directed economy to one that envisions cooperatives and the solidarity economy at its center. To bring Northamerican co-op members – and others interested in workplace democracy – into direct dialogue with Cuban counterparts leading this change, the Center for Global Justice offers a two-week study-tour from June 19 to July 2, 2016.

The first week features on-site meetings with leading co-ops, the second, debates with co-op members, researchers and leading Cuban thinkers. Among topics: whether independent co-ops dilute or deepen Cuba’s socialism; co-op responses to new waves of tourists; everyday adjustments to the changes; their impact on evolving US-Cuban relations, and opportunities and risks of bringing co-ops into the center of an economy.

The Center for Global Justice, devoted to "research and learning for a better world," has long been visiting Cuban cooperatives. We are confident Northamerican co-ops that encourage members to join this study-tour will not be disappointed. See the Call below and/or check http://www.globaljusticecenter.org/cuba_socialism_cooperatives_and_building_a_solidarity_economy

Contact us at cuba

Please note that registration for "Cuba: Socialism, Cooperatives & Building a Solidarity Economy" ends April 15. We urge you to inquire ASAP.

This ice-breaking encounter between the two movements is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for all who support workplace democracy. Don’t miss it!

Yours in cooperation,
Bob Stone
Secretary, Center for Global Justice

Cuba: Socialism, Cooperatives & Building a Solidarity Economy

Download Call in.pdf file: CLICK HERE

The Center for Global Justice • 42 Calzada de la Luz • San Miguel de Allende • GTO • 37700 http://www.globaljusticecenter.org

Register Today for the Worker Cooperative National Conference!


Every two years we come together for one weekend, to build a new economy based on shared ownership and real democracy. Our keynote this year is from the organization Define American, Jose Antonio Vargas, and we are thrilled to announce that registration is live!

Who should come?
The Worker Cooperative National Conference is for coop members, developers, technical assistance providers, lenders, social movement partners, and interested community members. It’s a great opportunity for your coop or organization to orient new folks to our community and learn from successful cooperatives.

What will happen?
We will have workshops and speakers, tours, parties and special intensive sessions. Our conferences are a little bit legendary.

You will build skills and share knowledge to strengthen your worker cooperative. You will develop strategy and collaborate to build our movement. You will make friends with worker-owners, make plans with coop developers, and make common cause with community allies. Learn, teach, grow, brainstorm, scheme, laugh, dance, and leave inspired!

We have early bird prices and a 15% discount available for group registrations of four or more individuals from the same company. Scholarships and a community rate are available on a limited basis.

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Interested in having your name in lights as a sponsor? Contact Roodline Volcy at rvolcy for packages designed to meet your needs and budget.
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Oakland, CA 94612



We are accepting workshop proposals for the Worker Cooperative National Conference in Austin, Texas!

Submit your workshop proposals today!

We are accepting workshop proposals for the Worker Cooperative National Conference in Austin, Texas! All proposals are due by 5pm PST on Monday, March 14th.

From July 29th – July 31st, hundreds of worker cooperatives will join together to build a new economy based on shared ownership and real democracy. And we want you to add your voice. Propose a workshop and show us your most creative ideas in content and presentation.

What’s important to your workplace or organization? To the movement (locally and beyond?) To the sector(s) you operate in? What do we need to act on? What skills can you share to grow the democratic ownership movement across boundaries?

Our priority areas for this year include research, conversions, and building local capacity and campaigns. Wow us with your insight and excitement.

Submit your workshop proposal today!