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Workshop at the 2017 RootSkills Conference
December 2, 2017 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present at this year’s RootSkills Conference. CDI’s Lynda Brushett will lead a workshop called Business Structure Matters: Cooperatives Root the New Economy in Democratic Values on Saturday, December 2nd. The workshop is part of the conference’s Fundraising track.
What will you learn?
- How cooperatively structured businesses and organizations provide needed products and services, pay their bills and live their principles and values to change the economy and build community
- How to determine if a cooperative solution fits a need in your community
- What it takes to organize a cooperative
- The diversity of cooperative legal and organizational structures
- Who can help with financing, business planning, organizational development
During this workshop, we will walk through the steps, stages and resources of cooperative development. Starting with input from participants about your cooperative questions and ideas, we’ll talk about “Whys” of cooperatives—types, benefits, motivations—and the “Hows” of organizing cooperative solutions to community needs and opportunities.
Lynda Brushett has been doing community organizing for almost 50 years! Along the way, she’s helped people establish cooperative housing, child care centers, food buying clubs, grocery stores, farm and fisheries marketing organizations and more. Recently she has been supporting the efforts of New Americans to organize cooperative farms and other businesses in New England.