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Austin Cooperative Business Association hosts annual Co-op Summit

April 3rd, 2014

Join us this weekend for the annual Austin Co-op Summit, organized by the Austin Cooperative Business Association.

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Get your Co-op Principles Posters Today!

February 19th, 2014

all-posters-1Cooperatives can be found all over the globe in various shapes and sizes, from small-scale coffee producers in Latin America to worker-owned high-tech enterprises in Spain. Yet all cooperatives, regardless of their shape, size or location, share a common set of principles that serve as the foundation for a broader cooperative movement worldwide:

1) Open and Voluntary Membership
2) Democratic Member Control
3) Member Economic Participation
4) Autonomy and Independence
5) Education, Information and Training
6) Cooperation Among Cooperatives
7) Concern for Community

Born out of the experience of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in Rochdale, England, these principles form the backbone of the cooperative economy, serving as “guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice”—values such as self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.

In the spirit of the 5th cooperative principle, we teamed up with our board member, Christie Zangrilli of Zangrilli Creative, to create these beautiful posters to spread the “nature and benefits of cooperation”.

 Pre-ordering is here!  Order your set today!

Cooperation Texas Co-op 101

January 29th, 2014

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What:  Cooperation Texas Co-op 101 Workshop

When:  Thursday, February 6, 2014

What time:  6:30-8:30 PM

Where:  5604 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78723

Join us at Cooperation Texas as we unveil our updated Co-op 101 Workshop!  We’ll also be talking about our exciting plans for 2014 and ways for you to get involved!  Email info@cooperationtexas.coop if you have any questions!  Check out the Facebook event here!

Economic Crisis and Cooperative Solutions with Gar Alperovitz

January 7th, 2014

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Re-posted from Third Coast Activist Resource Center.

Date: January 24, 2014, Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Gar Alperovitz, a leading scholar and activist in the movement to build a new economy, will speak on “The Quietly Deepening Political and Economic Crisis: Possibilities for an America beyond Corporate Capitalism” on Friday, January 24, at 7 p.m. at University United Methodist Church. He also will participate in a conference on local efforts to build that new economy on the morning of Saturday, January 25, at the “5604 Manor” community center.

Cooperatives, social enterprises, public banks and other new structures provide a new vision for the next economy. Alperovitz, the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, will explain how this work, especially the various forms of cooperative ownership, is helping to lay the groundwork for important new directions in the coming era that will see major political and economic changes.

Alperovitz’s latest book is What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution, in which he argues for a new-economy movement that can democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.

He is also the author of America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy, which diagnoses the long-term structural crisis of the American economic and political system, and Unjust Deserts: Wealth and Equality in the Knowledge Economy (with Lew Daly), Making a Place For Community (with Thad Williamson and David Imbroscio), Rebuilding America (with Jeff Faux), Atomic Diplomacy and The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb.

Alperovitz is a founding principal of the University of Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative, a research institution developing practical, policy-focused, and systematic paths towards ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth.

The Saturday morning gathering will begin at 8:30 am with coffee and a light breakfast. The first panel at 9:15 am, “Worker Cooperatives 101,” will feature Cooperation Texas staff and worker/owners on the basics of worker cooperatives. The second panel at 10:45 am will feature Alperovitz in conversation with Don Baylor (the Senior Policy Analyst on Economic Opportunity for the Center for Public Policy Priorities) on “The Way Forward,” discussing challenges and opportunities in building the new economy.

The events are sponsored by the University United Methodist Church and Cooperation Texas, an Austin-based non-profit committed to the creation of sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives.

More information online or contact Robert Jensen, rjensen@austin.utexas.edu.

Location (Friday): University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe St., Austin, 78705 (free parking available; see map at http://www.uumc.org/?q=node/76)

Location (Saturday): 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

Join Red Rabbit for a Customer Appreciation Holiday Party!

December 10th, 2013

RedRabbitGingerBreadManDonutJoin Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery at their trailer on Friday, December 13th for their Customer Appreciation Holiday Party to celebrate…YOU! Enjoy a variety of tasty vegan treats, free beer from Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery, and enter a raffle for Red Rabbit prizes: an opportunity to rock the new Red Rabbit T-shirt! Each donut purchase gets a raffle ticket. The drawing is at 7pm and you must be in attendance for a chance to win the following:

First Prize:
Red Rabbit Tote bag with a gift certificate for 1/2 dozen donuts!

Second Prize:
Gift Certificate for 1 dozen donuts

Third Prize:
One Red Rabbit T-shirt in the size of your choosing

In other words: Vegan donutsFree beerPrizes. Worker cooperatives.  See you on Friday!