We’re very excited to report that we at Cooperation Texas have been out and about, spreading the message about cooperatives all over Austin (and beyond)!
First of all, our friends at United for a Fair Economy released their 2013 State of the Dream report in late January. Cooperation Texas was given the opportunity to contribute some thoughts on how cooperatives can help bridge the racial wealth divide.
We’ve been visiting and having dinner at the ICC (Intercooperative Council) housing co-ops here in Austin. It’s been exciting to meet the folks who live at ICC co-ops and learn how they got interested in cooperative living. We also take advantage of the visits to brainstorm about different possibilities for more cooperation among cooperatives here in Austin!
Also, along with Dahlia Green Cleaning Services, we’ve done presentations to talk about the worker-owners’ experiences. Worker-owner Eva Marroquin did one such presentation for the East Austin Rotary Club and worker-owner Maria Muñoz presented for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Community presentations are an important part of our work here at Cooperation Texas. We get to tell people about our work and how excited we are about building cooperative economies! But perhaps more importantly, we get to hear from the communities around us about their histories with cooperatives and cooperation. We believe that cooperative economies look different everywhere depending on who lives in the communities that are creating them, and what the needs of those communities are. Learning about the ever-changing context of cooperation in Austin is key to our work.
Are you interested in learning more about worker-cooperatives from Cooperation Texas or one of the cooperatives that we work with? We’d love to talk to you or present to your organization, school, or faith community! Please email us at email@example.com!