Upstate New York Cooperatives Summit to be held March 31st

In celebration of the United Nation's 2012 declaration of the International Year of the Cooperative, we are organizing a summit of Upstate New York cooperatives - banking, grocery,...

In celebration of the United Nation’s 2012 declaration of the International Year of the Cooperative, we are organizing a summit of Upstate New York cooperatives – banking, grocery, housing, agricultural, worker.  The summit will be held in Syracuse on Saturday, March 31, and include presentations and discussions with inspiring cooperative organizations and members.  The event is free or very low cost, open to the public, and is primarily being hosted by Syracuse-based Cooperative Federal Credit Union and the Onondaga Small Business Development Center.   All sectors of the cooperative economy are invited.

 

The event will be an opportunity to

  • Build relationships among the cooperative community around New York State
  • Educate and inspire entrepreneurs and workers about possible cooperative control of their economic lives
  • Give existing cooperatives greater exposure to each other and the public, and
  • Assemble a database of organizations and individuals interested in cooperatives, for state-wide organizing.

The schedule of speakers is still growing, and currently includes the following, with lunch provided and plenty of time for networking:

 

The Big Picture: The Cleveland Evergreen Model and Community Wealth Building

Steve Dubb, The Democracy Collaborative

 

The Story of Local Cooperatives

Ron Eherenreich, Cooperative Federal Credit Union

Travis Hance, Syracuse Real Foods Co-op

Naquia Edwards, Eat to Live Food Coop

 

How to Legally Start a Cooperative

Deborah Kenn, Syracuse University College of Law

Jason Hirata, Syracuse University College of Law

 

Observations on Successful Cooperatives

Brian Henehan, Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program

 

How Worker Cooperatives Work

Joe Marraffino, Democracy at Work Network

Kim Pinkham, Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics

 

Using Media to Raise Capital

Bob Proehl, Buffalo Street Books

 

Rochdale Principle Six: Cooperatives Developing More Cooperatives

Howie Hawkins, South Side Community Coalition

 

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