Here’s a very rough transcript with tons of links. I’ll dress this up a bit later.
We have Laura Flanders of GRITtv and the Laura Flanders Show, Ted Howard of the Democracy Collaborative, Omar Freilla of the Green Worker Cooperatives, Eric Bowman of the Northwest Cooperative Development Center, and Mike Beall of the National Cooperative Business Association.
NCMFC to the Panel
Our major strategic need is for professional assistance in building our ‘funding stack’ and then successfully implementing its components, from grants to private funding. We are a 501(c)16 with a current five year base capital reinvestment commitment of $100k and broad support in the community. We have a detaild development plan and very significant regional growth potential. We would sincerely appreciate any reccomendations regarding this type of technical assistance.
Antony McMullen from Australia
The issue of worker co-ops surviving that you raise Laura are addressed in a great paper by MIT CoLab http://web.mit.edu/colab/pdf/papers/Sustainable_Economic_Democracy.pdf it is a bit of a ‘Bible’ for http://earthworkercooperative.com/ (and hello Adrian from Melbourne too!)
Northwest Cooperative Development Association …
Green Worker Cooperatves: www.greenworker.coop
29000 Co-ops in the US
A Co-Op to be launched: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eco-Buyers-Green-Business-Ventura/200675406611516
Cleveland’s Worker-Owned Boom” by Ted Howard (& others): http://bit.ly/ZWR00I
Hello all! Kind regards from Canada! Thanks to YES! Magazine for putting this together. Up here in Ontario, we have a fun resource for raising coop awareness in local high schools: http://www.ontario.coop/programs_services/lifelong_coop_learning/all_4_each_coops_in_the_classroom We’ve had lots of coops/credit unions sponsor the unit as part of their youth egagement strategies. Just an FYI!
Great resources and toolboxes at www.usworker.coop
Mike Beall National Cooperative Business Association
Very difficult funding …. Credit Uniion sector virtually untapped for Coop funding … big opportunity.
Coop Business Associations like the CoC Lots of polkitical work to do to raise the profile of Coops
Startup v expansion … more financing than it appears
re: funding sources, individuals can invest in local businesses through Community Sourced Capital in Seattle http://www.communitysourcedcapital.com/
Just want to mention that we have been providing training programs on how to start cooperatives:The Art & Science of Starting a Cooperative EnterpriseSessions One, Two & Threesince 1997.I’ve attached the program info, FYI We deliver the program at cost and bring some of the best co-op developers from across the country to share lessons-learn. The program includes lectures, interactive sessions, case studies of existing co-ops and tours to local co-ops to talk directly with stakeholders. Many of our co-op leader today, such as Eric Bowman, have been through our program.For more info visitcooperationworks.coopor email me — Audrey MalanCooperationWorks! Training Programs307-655-9162[ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ]email@example.com[ http://www.cooperationworks.coop
you’re looking to suport and tap into organizing efforts seeking to strengthen youth engagement and employment with/in the cooperative movement, check out the USA Cooperative Youth Council: www.facebook.com/USACYC
Community Development Finance Institutions. www.trfund.com The Reinvestment Fund.
Community-wealth.org New film Shift Change (Shifchange.org) excellent film for discussion of coops.
If your in a rural area you qualify for free help from any RCDG center: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_Coop_Resources.html
Cooperative Development foundation www.cdf.coop is a 501 c3 that helps co-ops
www.cdsconsulting.coop helps co-ops start and grow
Strengthening Local Independent Coops Everywhere www.slice.coop in the Seattle area.
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create events – using a film or powerpoint – do a “media event”, invite the press
Some positive movement on the Federal level.