This week we’re talking about new Community Land Trust funding, an international cooperative conference, and a global hub for participatory budgeting. PLUS the first podcast section of the Roundup! Image credit: NEC Member Organization, CEANYC.
Immigrants, Collaboration, and Co-ops Revive a Maine Town: Over the past few years, Somali immigrants and cooperative thinkers in Lewistown, ME have transformed their town into hub for co-ops of all kinds — from housing to agriculture, child-care, and herbal medicine. This transformation was truly a community-led effort, with support from NEC member organizations, the Cooperative Development Institute and the Democracy At Work Institute. Read more about the cooperative-led revival of Lewistown.
Welcome to the new section of the Roundup! Over the past year it has become clear that Podcasts are blossoming in our network. No better way to kick off this new section than by featuring a member collaboration!
COCAP 2019 Nourishing Community Wealth This year’s conference will bring together over 200 local and national innovative cross-sector professionals to engage in conversation and highlight community wealth building innovations that are working toward leveling the playing field.(Oct 20-22 – Oakland/San Francisco, CA)
2019 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners (BUGs) National Conference Through engaging and participatory workshops, panel discussions and social events, we will explore the roots of Black Agriculture and its connections and influence on today’s movements for Black food sovereignty, urban agriculture & food systems. (Oct 25-27 – New York, NY)
Rural Electric Coop Reform Virtual Summit We Own It's first national online summit for member-owners of electric co-ops and folks working with member-owners on electric co-op reform. The meeting will include opportunities for connecting with others in the national REC Reform Movement, sharing experiences and knowledge, hearing success stories, learning, and more! (Oct 28 – Virtual/Online)
Creating Just, Regenerative, and Democratic Economies with Aaron Tanaka & Local Leaders Join People’s Economy Lab at this unique opportunity to hear from Aaron Tanaka to learn about what communities are doing right now to change the equation on who and what counts in our economy. Aaron will be joined by a panel of local leaders actively creating this economy in Seattle, through community land trusts; worker, owned businesses; and shifting major institution’s resources and money toward community control. (Oct 29 – Seattle, WA)
It’s Time For A New Social Contract! Naomi Klein, Kendra Brooks Come join celebrated author Naomi Klein, the head of the Working Families Party Maurice (Moe) Mitchell, author Todd Wolfson, and the Executive Director of Rights and Democracy James Haslam in conversation with Philadelphia community leaders on how we can all build a new social contract and our best possible future. (Oct 29 – Philadelphia, PA)
How to Practice Trauma-informed Leadership Development Join CoFED for a webinar about trauma-informed leadership development. This webinar is for any group interested in interrogating traditional tropes of “leadership” and supporting all people to heal and lead with love. Register by Oct 23rd. (Oct 29 – Online/Virtual)
2019 PACA Co-op Summit & Annual Meeting PACA annually convenes its co-op membership, cooperators, and the general public together for a look at our region's co-op economy and to envision how to make it stronger. In 2019, we'll continue this tradition and welcome you to join us! (Nov 1 – Philadelphia, PA)
CoopCon 2019 The Cooperative Conference (CoopCon) will build momentum for current and future cooperative leaders to start and actively participate in localized, grassroot cooperatives by providing a foundational, energizing and hands-on education about cooperatives. (Nov 1 & 2 – Stevens Point, WI)
NASCO Institute 2019 Cooperatives have long embodied self-help and mutual aid. This year’s theme, Cooperate Locally, will encourage us to take a look at how we have built cooperatives with and for our whole community. This theme will delve into the hard work of grassroots organizing as well as the mindfulness it takes to co-create with existing neighborhoods when starting a new cooperative. (Nov 8 – 10 – Austin, TX)