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Saturday, November 21

9:00am CST

Welcome and Purpose of Convening  
Joan Fadayiro
Xochitl Espinosa

A Moment for Centering
Deidra Somerville

Co-op 101: History of Cooperatives in the Black and Indigenous Tradition
Mike Tekh Strode
Ana Romero

Joan Fadayiro
Xochitl Espinosa

One momento para centrarnos
Deidra Somerville

Cooperativa 101: Historia de las Cooperativas en la Tradición Negra e Indígena
Mike Tekh Strode
Ana Romero

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Xochitl Espinosa

Executive Director, BMLA
Xochitl Espinosa is the Founder and Director of the Co-op Ed Center whose purpose is to provide training and technical assistance to worker cooperative startups. She also serves as a Commissioner of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation. Previously, she was the Cooperative... Read More →
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Joan Fadayiro

Cooperation for Liberation Study & Working Group
Joan Fadayiro is a community organizer. She has participated in and led struggles to improve public education, resist police violence, contend for grassroots-led political power, and secure and improve long-term affordable housing. Through her organizing, Joan recognized that many... Read More →
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Ana Romero

Women for Economic Justice
Ana Romero Diaz is a Mexican sociologist and decolonial feminist. She is Co-Founder of Women for Economic Justice and Casa de Activismo Comunitario Domitila Barrios. These organizations have departed from the hierarchical non-profit model of operation and are driven by the community... Read More →
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Mike Tekh Strode

Exchange Coordinator, The Kola Nut Collaborative
Mike Strode is a writer, tech enthusiast, urban cyclist and kitchen alchemist who resides in South Chicago. He is founder and Exchange Coordinator of the Kola Nut Collaborative, a Chicago based timebanking initiative. Its core mission is to promote and sustain a robust timebanking... Read More →

Saturday November 21, 2020 9:00am - 9:45am CST

10:00am CST

Cooperative Accounting/Contabilidad para las Cooperativas
Learn key elements of accounting, including patronage dividends, that cooperatives must consider when filing tax returns.

Aprender los elementos claves de la contabilidad, incluyendo los patrocinios de dividendos que las cooperativas deben considerar al presentar sus declaraciones de impuestos. 

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Corrigan Nadon-Nichols

Co-op Consultant, Corrigan Consulting Services LLC
Corrigan Nadon-Nichols, CMA, has been consulting and providing financial management non-profits, small businesses, and cooperatives for over twelve years. He has assisted dozens of groups through initial formation, start-up, expansion, and recovering from crises. Corrigan has managed... Read More →

Worker Owner
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Annie Sullivan-Chin

A Bookkeeping Cooperative
Annie is an all-around nerd who loves teaching herself and others about accounting and organizational finances. She realized she loved accounting when she started working in worker-owned co-ops over 10 years ago. As a bookkeeper, Annie can testify to how critical it is to have our... Read More →

Saturday November 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CST

10:00am CST

Democratic decision-making/La toma de decisiones Democráticas
Understand the different processes to make collective decisions (eg. majority rule vs. consensus) and how to create an environment where people feel free to express ideas and thoughts without retribution or oppression.

Comprender los diferentes procesos para tomar decisiones colectivas (por ejemplo, la regla de la mayoría versus consenso) y cómo crear un ambiente donde las personas se sientan libres de expresar sus ideas y pensamientos sin represalia u opresión.

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Decoteau Irby

Derute Consulting Cooperative
I want to make the world better for Black people. So I make music about Black love and liberation. I write academic articles, books, and short stories. I use design thinking to co-create games, learning tools, and activities that increase our collective capacity to make a more racially... Read More →

Saturday November 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CST

10:00am CST

Industry/Market Analysis/Análisis de la Industria/Mercado
Get a good understanding of your industry outlook, target market, trends and themes. What do successful businesses do? Why does it work? How does your product provide value to people? What are the types of people that the product serves?

Tener comprensión clara de las perspectivas de su industria, el mercado objetivo, las tendencias y los temas. ¿Qué hacen las empresas exitosas? ¿Por qué funcionan? ¿De qué manera su producto provee valor a las personas? ¿Cuáles son los tipos de personas a las que su producto puede proveerles servicio? 

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Robbie Markus

Evanston Development Cooperative
I'm a worker-owner with the Evanston Development Cooperative (EDC). We design and build energy-efficient, affordable housing with a local workforce and a racial equity lens. We primarily operate as a design-builder of accessory dwelling units (ADU)s for homeowners, as a housing solution... Read More →

Worker Owner
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David Fernandez

Salsedo Press
We share the WCC vision of making the cooperative model viable for the future generation of entrepreneurs. We believe the cooperative approach can have a great impact in our communities that are in most need of jobs and resources.Salsedo Press is a worked-owned commercial printing... Read More →

Saturday November 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am CST

10:00am CST

We know that online sessions can be exhausting. Please use this room when you need to take a moment to listen to calming sounds or view relaxing visuals.

Sabemos que las sesiones en línea pueden ser agotadoras. Por favor utilice este cuarto cuando necesiten un momento de tranquilidad con música e imágenes relajantes.

Saturday November 21, 2020 10:00am - 2:15pm CST

11:00am CST

Saturday November 21, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm CST

12:00pm CST

Cooperative Governance/Gobernanza para las cooperativas
Learn the different ways that co-ops can set up their decision-making body depending on size, roles and responsibilities.

Aprender las diferentes maneras en que las cooperativas pueden establecer una entidad para la toma de decisiones dependiendo del tamaño, las funciones y las responsabilidades. 

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Renee Hatcher

Coop Ed Center, Solidarity Chicago, Just Chicago, Community Enterprise & Solidarity Economy Clinic, CCEC
Black cis-geneder woman, sister, aunt, daughter, friend, comrade. human rights, community development, solidarity economy lawyering. committed to providing legal support to further Black, Indigenous, Latinx self-determination and economic democracy. 

Worker Owner
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Eulalio Guevara

A Yard & A Half Landscaping
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Kate Khatib

Red Emma's
Kate Khatib is a worker-owner at Red Emma’s Bookstore & Cafe, co-founder and E.D. of the Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Development, and the Director of the Seed Commons cooperative peer loan network.Kate is an Arab-American organizer and movement strategist. She is a co-founder... Read More →

Saturday November 21, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST

12:00pm CST

Developing a cooperative culture of collective ownership and accountability/Desarrollar una cultura como cooperativa de propiedad colectiva y de responsabilidad personal
Learn to establish a foundational framework that encourages trust, teamwork and solidarity.

Aprender a establecer un marco fundamental que fomente la confianza, el trabajo en equipo y la solidaridad.

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Gabriel Lara

Economic Justice Organizer, Coalition For Spiritual and Public Leadership
I have worked as a community organizer for over 12 years mobilizing the skills, energy, and vision of community members impacted by injustice.I'm driven to promote economic, social, and racial equity through co-developing sustainable community-driven solutions. I worked as the first... Read More →

Worker Owner
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Mariela Quesada Centeno

Roots for Change/Raíces para el Cambio
I am Costa Rican; cooperatives are part of my life. For more than 9 years I have been working with immigrant worker-owned cooperatives in the Midwest in different capacities. I am a public health practitioner and a fierce advocate for collective power, which key ingredients are education... Read More →
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Miliaku Nwabueze

Visionator, Twice As Good, In Cooperation
Miliaku is currently completing her MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons at The New School. Her experience with working humans spans across corporate america, non-profits, grassroots organizations, cooperatives, and a multitude of different projects and initiatives. She has... Read More →
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Pecan Milk Cooperative
Pecan Milk Cooperative was founded in Atlanta in 2013 by then-20-year-old social justice movement organizer and long-time vegetarian (turned vegan) Nigel J. The desire was to have a way for artists and organizers to have a way to make a living while focusing on the work that was most... Read More →

Saturday November 21, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST

12:00pm CST

Fundraising Strategies/Estrategias para la Recaudación de Fondos
Learn the different ways worker cooperatives can raise capital from private and public grants, grassroots events and crowdfunding.

Aprender las diferentes maneras en que las cooperativas de trabajadores pueden recaudar capital de subvenciones privadas y públicas, eventos de base y financiación colectiva (crowdfunding).

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Elizabeth L. Carter

Managing Attorney, Elizabeth L. Carter, Esq., LLC
Elizabeth is a social enterprise and securities attorney licensed in the States of Illinois, New Jersey, and New York where she manages Elizabeth L. Carter, Esq., LLC a boutique law firm designed to help democratize business capital and the securities legal space through accessible legal services to underrepresented issuers. Prior to this, Elizabeth provided legal representation to individuals, nonprofits, small businesses and government agencies i... Read More →

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Deidra Somerville

Deidra Somerville, PhD MSWDeidra Somerville is a mother, scholar and healer whose work is intentional in coop development, healing from trauma, and advancing decolonized principles and practices in organizational spaces. Her workshop titled, “The Master’s Tools Will Not Dismantle... Read More →

Saturday November 21, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST

1:30pm CST

Report Back -- Participants from breakout sessions will share highlights and takeaways from their workshops.

Reporte de sesiones -- Participantes de las sesiones grupales compartirán los aspectos más destacados y las conclusiones de sus talleres.

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Weslynne Ashton

Professor // Profesora, Illinois Institute of Technology
Weslynne Ashton is an Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology with joint appointments at the Stuart School of Business and the Institute of Design. As a sustainable systems scientist, her research, teaching and practice are oriented around transitioning our socio-ecological... Read More →

Saturday November 21, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm CST

2:30pm CST

Open networking session.

Saturday November 21, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
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