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November 2017

Maine Food System Innovation Challenge

November 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saint Joseph’s College, VIOLA GEORGE AUDITORIUM, ALFOND HALL
Standish, ME United States

In its third year, this event organizes two tracks–a College Track and an Enterprise Track—and encourages participants in the competition to produce bold solutions to some of the challenges Maine faces in its food production systems. The public is invited to listen to the teams in both tracks pitch their solutions. CDI is proud to serve as a partner in the challenge. Jonah Fertig, a Cooperative Development Specialist with CDI’s Cooperative Food Systems programs, will act as an adviser and resource…

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December 2017

Workshop at the 2017 RootSkills Conference

December 2, 2017 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH United States

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…

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Workshop at the 2017 Community Food Systems Conference

December 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Boston Park Plaza Hotel Boston, MA United States + Google Map

CDI's Jonah Fertig is leading a workshop at the 2017 Community Food Systems Conference in Boston. The conference will bring together leaders in, and advocates of, food security, sustainable agriculture and social justice movements to discuss their range of perspectives, how these areas overlap, and how to support one another’s work. More information on the workshop: New American Farmers & Co-op Farm Innovators New Americans are working together in the Northeast to access land, markets, equipment and infrastructure. These cooperatives are helping…

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January 2018

“Innovations in Housing” at the Great Falls Forum

January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St
Lewiston, ME 04240 United States
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Jeanee Wright, a Cooperative Development Specialist in CDI's NEROC program, will speak on an "Innovations in Housing" panel at the January edition of the Great Falls Forum in Lewiston, Maine. Please join us! The event will take place on Thursday, January 25th from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Lewiston Public Library's Callahan Hall. The program is free and no advance registration is required. The Forum is a bring-your-own lunch event.  Coffee, tea and bottled water are available at the program.…

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New Economy Summit: Building A Resilient Social Venture Ecosystem

January 26 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Worcester State University Student Center, 486 Chandler St
Worcester, MA 01602 United States
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Free - $100
Banner image for the New Economy Summit, reading: "Building A Resilient Social Venture Ecosystem"

CDI partner Worcester Roots and the Social Venture Collaborative are organizing the 2nd annual New Economy Summit. The event will convene social entrepreneurs, social change practitioners, educational institutions, students, the business community, and others who share the goal of creating a just, equitable, and sustainable world. This day-long event will serve as a powerful forum for making and strengthening connections, as well as building ongoing collaboration. Participants will engage in various interactive activities designed to strengthen a regional ecosystem and…

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