Reimagining community: An invitation from  John McKnight & Peter Block with Margery Spinney
May
2
1:00 PM13:00

Reimagining community: An invitation from John McKnight & Peter Block with Margery Spinney

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1 pm Eastern

for a free half-hour conversation with Margery Spinney, creator of the renter equity concept.

Pre-Register or join conversation here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1ad71a335a7d948366858a512be5123a

OR on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AbundantCommunity/

We will start by asking Margery about how her work as a social innovator in housing came about and what impact the renter equity concept has had in the communities where she and her organization have applied it.

Then we'll explore ways that Margery's experience might apply to your own work.

We'll finish up the call by asking you to share your questions and insights.

Margery Spinney

Margery Spinney has inspired hundreds of housing residents to participate and achieve success using community-based management principles and practices she designed.  

Margery developed the nonprofit Cornerstone Corporation for Shared Equity where she created the concept of renter equity. At Cornerstone, she managed its Loan Fund capitalized by socially conscious investors and introduced property management and housing development innovations to the organization's functions.

She also co-founded Renting Partnerships in order to stimulate, standardize and support expansion of these practices. Today, Renting Partnerships addresses both the cycle of poverty and wealth inequality by acquiring housing, keeping it in common ownership, and empowering residents to build wealth through participation in management.  

Read about the success of the renter equity approach documented by the independent evaluation of Cornerstone Renter Equity here.   

For more about Margery and her work, see:

  • A Brighter Future: Equity Program Helps Renters Build Wealth

  • YES! Magazine: 6 Cities Designing for Health

  • Center for American Progress: As More Households Rent, How Can We Encourage Them to Save?

  • Renting Partnerships website

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Mar
13
2:00 PM14:00

OEOC Webinar #2: The Role of the Trustee and Governance in an ESOP-Cooperative Hybrid

ESOP – Cooperative Hybrid webinar series

ESOPs and employee-owned cooperatives share many similarities as well as differences, and each model can provide a distinct set of features for a business and their employees. Some businesses have found that each model has not been “enough”, and have taken parts of each  to create something new – the “ESOP-operative”.

So how would such a hybrid work? This two-part webinar series will help outline how its done, what to look for, and watch out for, as well as a case study from a company that has made it work for them.

Co-Sponsored by:

Webinar One: The ESOP-Employee-Owned Cooperative Hybrid, Thursday February 21st, 2019, 2:00 pm EST – Presenters: Chris Cooper, OEOC (Moderator); Deborah Groban Olson, Attorney, and Founder of the Center for Community Based Enterprise; Bob Gelser, General Manager, and Scott Owens, Board Member and Employee Owner, Once Again Nut Butter Collective, Inc.
Is there a way to combine the democratic governance of a worker cooperative and the financial performance of an ESOP? This webinar, the first in a short series, will provide the necessary background and legal specifics, as well as a case study of Once Again Nut Butter Collective, Inc., that will outline the issues and solutions around creating an “ESOP-erative”. 90 Minutes
Register for this free webinar here

Webinar Two: The Role of the Trustee and Governance in an ESOP-Cooperative Hybrid, Wednesday March 13th, 2019, 2:00 pm EST – Presenters: Chris Cooper, OEOC (Moderator); Peter Jones, Horizon Trust & Investment Management.
How does the ESOP Trustee fit within the framework of a employee cooperative governance enterprise? How do the employee owners, the Board, and trustee interact, and where are the potential fault lines? These questions and more will be covered in this session. 60 Minutes
Register for this free webinar here

These webinars are provided free of charge with support from the USDA’s Rural Cooperative Development Program. If you would like to support the OEOC’s continued work in this area, you can do so here.

With Support From:

The two webinars will assume a basic understanding of both ESOPs and Employee Cooperatives. This will allow us to dive right in to the essentials of the hybrid model. If you’d like to review either or both, here are some resources to help you do so:

Previously recorded OEOC webinars on setting up an ESOP, and other related “stuff”
ABCs of ESOPs Article
Employee Cooperative Basics Article

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Feb
21
2:00 PM14:00

OEOC Webinar #1: The ESOP-Employee-Owned Cooperative Hybrid

ESOP – Cooperative Hybrid webinar series

ESOPs and employee-owned cooperatives share many similarities as well as differences, and each model can provide a distinct set of features for a business and their employees. Some businesses have found that each model has not been “enough”, and have taken parts of each  to create something new – the “ESOP-operative”.

So how would such a hybrid work? This two-part webinar series will help outline how its done, what to look for, and watch out for, as well as a case study from a company that has made it work for them.

Co-Sponsored by:

Webinar One: The ESOP-Employee-Owned Cooperative Hybrid, Thursday February 21st, 2019, 2:00 pm EST – Presenters: Chris Cooper, OEOC (Moderator); Deborah Groban Olson, Attorney, and Founder of the Center for Community Based Enterprise; Bob Gelser, General Manager, and Scott Owens, Board Member and Employee Owner, Once Again Nut Butter Collective, Inc.
Is there a way to combine the democratic governance of a worker cooperative and the financial performance of an ESOP? This webinar, the first in a short series, will provide the necessary background and legal specifics, as well as a case study of Once Again Nut Butter Collective, Inc., that will outline the issues and solutions around creating an “ESOP-erative”. 90 Minutes
Register for this free webinar here

Webinar Two: The Role of the Trustee and Governance in an ESOP-Cooperative Hybrid, Wednesday March 13th, 2019, 2:00 pm EST – Presenters: Chris Cooper, OEOC (Moderator); Peter Jones, Horizon Trust & Investment Management.
How does the ESOP Trustee fit within the framework of a employee cooperative governance enterprise? How do the employee owners, the Board, and trustee interact, and where are the potential fault lines? These questions and more will be covered in this session. 60 Minutes
Register for this free webinar here

These webinars are provided free of charge with support from the USDA’s Rural Cooperative Development Program. If you would like to support the OEOC’s continued work in this area, you can do so here.

With Support From:

The two webinars will assume a basic understanding of both ESOPs and Employee Cooperatives. This will allow us to dive right in to the essentials of the hybrid model. If you’d like to review either or both, here are some resources to help you do so:

Previously recorded OEOC webinars on setting up an ESOP, and other related “stuff”
ABCs of ESOPs Article
Employee Cooperative Basics Article

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Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Apple Street Community Owner Meeting

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Dear Apple Street Owners,

We need your input! Please join us for an Owner Update & Input Meeting.

We’ll be updating everyone on the property & funding status and asking for your thoughts on fundraising plans.

Wednesday, February 20, 6:30-8pm
at Working in Neighborhoods
1814 Dreman Ave.
Stay tuned for more details.

RSVP at Eventbrite.

Hope to see you there!
-your friends at Apple Street Market

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Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

“For the Love of the Community” Valentines Party and Raffle!

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Details for the event:

When: 6pm-9pm Friday, February 15, 2019

Where: The Phoenix Ballroom 812 Race Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

What: 120+ guests attend an exclusive evening at the Phoenix Ballroom. Includes a buffet, drinks, and entertainment. Speakers will share about the work of Community Shares and our Member Organizations.

Purpose: To support non-profits working for local advocacy, justice, and equality initiatives in Greater Cincinnati. To raise awareness and support for Community Shares.

If you would like to be a SPONSOR to this event, please email us at mdillingham@cintishares.org!

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Feb
12
5:30 AM05:30

Co-op Dayton’s ShiftChange Screening

  • 444 East 2nd Street Dayton, OH, 45402 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Join UpDayton, Co-op Dayton, and the Gem City Market, for a free screening of the documentary Shift Change:

Tuesday, February 12th
5:30-7pm
444 E. 2nd St.
The screening is sponsored by CODE Credit Union.
The Film: SHIFT CHANGE


Through interviews with employee-owners, Shift Change shares the stories of cooperative businesses across the U.S. as well as the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation in Spain. Featured co-ops include Evergreen in Cleveland, OH, Isthmus Manufacturing in Madison, WI, and Prospera in San Francisco, CA.

Check out the preview!


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Annual Economy that Works for All Celebration
Nov
29
5:30 PM17:30

Annual Economy that Works for All Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the continued success and journey of Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative and Union Cooperatives!

Evening will Feature: Tasty tapas and happy hour featuring produce from Our Harvest Cooperative, meet & greet with union cooperative members, music, split the pot, inspiration and tons of fun!

Tickets - $30
Table - $200 (PURCHASE HERE!)

Want to give us deeper support? Become an event sponsor or a sustaining partner!

Please call (513) 549-3381 if you have any questions or need further information. Thank you for your support!

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Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Lessons Learned: Race, Class, and Early Childhood

  • Tryed Stone New Beginnings Church (map)
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As members of People for Early Childhood (P4EC) coalition, CUCI invites you to join us for a forum on early childhood education as a tool for racial and economic justice -- past, present and future! Lessons Learned: Race, Class, and Early Childhood, Saturday November 10, 2018 at Tryed Stone New Beginnings Church 5550 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45237.  During this forum we will discuss the radical history of early childhood education and how preschool can serve as a tool for racial and economic justice. Free snacks, childcare, and free parking is available. Event details here. See you there!!

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CUCI's Inaugural Fall Forum
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

CUCI's Inaugural Fall Forum

“I have come to believe, as a result of this trip, that we have much more power to make change at the local level than we thought. In fact, I came to believe that really deep change has to happen locally, in our communities, in the places where we live and work and gather. Only together can we bring out a real revolution of values and practices that can save our world.” ~ Sarah van Gelder, author of “The Revolution Where You Live: Stories From a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America”

Friends of CUCI,

If you are like most of us and feeling overwhelmed about the state of the world, then you will want to join us to discover practical ways to create “really deep change” as Sarah van Gelder describes it.  Sarah van Gelder, co-founder of Yes! Magazine, traveled 12,000 miles across the United States in search of hope. What she learned inspired her to write a book, “The Revolution Where You Live: Stories From a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America.

What is so very exciting about this book is that it includes a section on our very own CUCI. Yes, Cincinnati was one of her stops!  Equally exciting is that Sarah will be coming to Cincinnati to talk about her wonderful and hopeful discoveries that spurred her to write such an optimistic book.  Come and gain new insights and be inspired!

When:  Thursday, Oct 4 from 6-8pm

Where:  New Prospect (1580 Summit Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237)

             The event will be held outdoors, weather permitting

Light Refreshments will be provided. Reservations are encouraged @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cucis-inaugural-forum-tickets-50171275636

We look forward to seeing you and catching up with our CUCI community!


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Worker Co-op National Conference
Sep
14
to Sep 16

Worker Co-op National Conference

  • Los Angeles, California (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Save the date for the Worker Co-op National Conference this September where worker cooperators, unions, developers, allies, funders, investors, and visionaries gather in Los Angeles, California to make space for connection, education, skill-building, and sharing, for worker-owners and allied leaders who work to improve the lives of workers and their families.

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CommonBound 2018
Jun
22
to Jun 24

CommonBound 2018

  • Harris-Stowe State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On June 22-24, 2018, over 700 people across the new economy movement will come together in St. Louis, MO for CommonBound 2018 to connect with one another, share our resources, and demonstrate our power in creating systems that truly meet the needs of our communities.

In past years, CommonBound has answered the questions of what is a new economy, why do we need one, and who is it building it. Next June, CommonBound will connect these threads and focus on another question: How do we build a new economy?

CommonBound will bring together movement leaders, activists, and organizations from across North America to create a space for planning, strategizing, and movement building. The conference will feature a combination of network gatherings, closed and open work/strategy sessions, trainings, listening sessions, workshops, debates, and other formats exploring a range of topics through thematic tracks.

Learn more and register here. Together, we can make CommonBound a conference that propels our movements forward. 

 

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Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit
Jun
15
8:30 AM08:30

Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit

In 2018, the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will continue to explore new and promising areas of environmental sustainability, while also taking a deeper look at the issue of resilience.

The day will include a keynote address, morning and afternoon breakout sessions, plenary panel, a lunchtime award ceremony and reception. Visit their website to view the full program for the day: http://midwestsustainabilitysummit.org/

Be part of the solution: help our region's leaders move Greater Cincinnati's sustainability and resilience planning to the next level!

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Care Share/Shared Services Co-op Organizing Meeting 
Mar
17
2:30 PM14:30

Care Share/Shared Services Co-op Organizing Meeting 

  • Are you a current childcare professional or someone who wants to get into the field who is interested in earning a living wage while caring for only 3-4 kids at a time? 
  • Are you a parent who wants quality, affordable, personalized childcare for you kids in a flexible home setting?
  • Do you currently own a childcare business and want to find ways to decrease costs, expand your market, and improve quality all while increasing your profitablity? 
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Save the Date: Working People's Day of Action
Feb
24
12:00 AM00:00

Save the Date: Working People's Day of Action

More details to come at: https://unionhall.aflcio.org/cincinnati

SAVE THE DATE - February 24Working People's Day of Action!

Dear Sisters, Brothers, and Friends,

As you know, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Janus vs. AFSCME on February 26. This is the third time the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving the “fair share fee” requirement — quite obviously politically motivated. 

It is essential that all unions and working people understand that although this case is a direct attack on public sector unions it is a broadly designed attempt to silence all workers and our pursuit for economic and social justice.

We must make a big statement here in Ohio, one that requires all unions to mobilize so that our message is heard here at home, in Washington, D.C. and at the Supreme Court. 

So, please... mark your calendar for Saturday, February 24 for A Day of Action event in Columbus. Details and logistics are in the works, which we will share with you shortly so you can help us achieve our turnout and messaging goals.

Stronger Together!

Thank you.

Pete McLinden, Esq.
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
513.421.1846
pmclinden@cincinnatiaflcio.org

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3rd Biennial Union Co-op Symposium
Dec
1
to Dec 2

3rd Biennial Union Co-op Symposium

On Dec 1st & 2nd people from all across the U.S. and from Mondragon, Spain will be gathering in Cincinnati to further develop the union co-op sector of the U.S. economy. The Symposium offers a look at what's happening on the ground to establish integrated networks of worker-owned, unionized businesses. Participants will discuss best practices, union co-op management, financing, training, the power of the union co-op model, and how to build an economy that works for all, and more. Check back for more details in the coming months!

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The People’s Disruption: Platform Co-ops for Global Challenges
Nov
10
to Nov 11

The People’s Disruption: Platform Co-ops for Global Challenges

  • new york city, new york (map)
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The first platform cooperativism event in 2015 popularized the #platformcoop idea, and the second event in 2016 brought together co-op and union leaders to push the model forward. This third event will zero in on ways that platform cooperatives can help to address some of the future’s most urgent challenges. The fairer digital economy we need is already emerging, but it won’t happen on its own. That’s where you come in.

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Farm Volunteer/Tour Days
Jul
15
9:00 AM09:00

Farm Volunteer/Tour Days

  • Our Harvest Cooperative @ Bahr Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

9:00am-12:00pm
July 15 and August 19

Join us at Bahr Farm, 969 W. North Bend Rd., in Cincinnati. Meet Stephen Dienger, farm manager, at 9am for a 30 minute tour. From 9:30-noon volunteer and see what farming is all about! We'll have ways the little ones can help too! RSVP to megan@ourharvest.coop.

Source: http://www.ourharvest.coop/events/2017/7/15/farm-volunteertour-days

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2017 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit
Jun
9
8:30 AM08:30

2017 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit

  • Xavier University, Schiff Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In 2017, the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will explore new and promising areas of environmental sustainability, while also taking a deeper look at the issue of equity. They explore why equity is often overlooked in the discussion around sustainability, and the ways in which new economic opportunities can be pursued that are both socially and environmentally just.

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Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD)
Jun
9
to Jun 11

Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD)

  • Fordham University Lincoln Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) exposes people to the concept of worker-owned businesses; strengthens existing worker-owned businesses; develops relationships between democratically-owned businesses, labor institutions, and resource organizations; and builds the movement for workplace democracy. It is held every two years in the Eastern United States.

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Dayton Introduction to Succession Planning
May
25
7:30 AM07:30

Dayton Introduction to Succession Planning

  • Montgomery County Building, 10th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for “An Introduction to Business Succession Planning," a workshop for small business employers who want to begin to develop their exit strategy.  The training will be led by Chris Cooper of Kent State University's  business succession planning program and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center.

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