July 4th, 2014
Join us for a conversation with scholar/activist Jessica Gordon Nembhard on her new book that chronicles the “long, strong, but hidden history” of African Americans in the cooperative movement: “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought & Practice”. A political economist and professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of African American Studies at John Jay College of the City University of New York, Nembhard was a founding member of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and is co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, College Park.
We will have copies of Jessica’s book for sale, along with food and beverages!
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April 28th, 2014
Cooperatives 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”.
April 3rd, 2014
Join us this weekend for the annual Austin Co-op Summit, organized by the Austin Cooperative Business Association.