Liberating Our Futures Together: Building the Cooperative Ecosystem – 4th Union Co-op Symposium
Nov
15
to Nov 16

Liberating Our Futures Together: Building the Cooperative Ecosystem – 4th Union Co-op Symposium

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The international Union Co-op Symposium is a two day conference that brings together over 250 practitioners, social entrepreneurs, labor organizers, co-op workers, community development practitioners, and people interested in practical tools on how to start and run union worker cooperatives. CUCI is building on the work of co-ops that have been present in this country for over 200 years, by using an international model from Mondragon, Spain. We wish to create a network of cooperatives in our society that serves the collective good by providing economic opportunities and goods and services with a purpose.

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Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Gourmet Grub for Good

A spirited amateur chef competition to support good in the community!

Come and sample the dishes from more than 30 amateur chefs and vote for your favorite. Each “chef” represents one of our member organizations, and so it’s a great way for guests to also learn more about their work in our region.

Tickets are on sale NOW!
$35 adults
$10 children (17 and under)

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Jul
17
9:30 AM09:30

How to Improve Employee Engagement and Retention through Open-book Management and Employee Ownership

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Learn how to grow your business by creating a culture that increases employee morale and reduces turnover. CUCI staff will provide an overview of employee engagement and retention strategies, particularly: open-book management and employee-ownership. CUCI will share local and national examples of how these two strategies have been successful in increasing not only employee morale and retention, but also productivity, profitability, and business sustainability. Click here to register.

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Mondragón Seminar & Tour
Jun
16
to Jun 22

Mondragón Seminar & Tour

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In 2019, Praxis will organize its tenth 5-day workshop/seminar with the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque Country of Spain. The purpose of the seminar is to learn about worker owned businesses from the leading consortium of cooperatives in the world.

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Founded by a Basque Catholic priest, Father José María Arizmendiarrieta, in the 1950s, the cooperatives began with one small worker-owned business. Today, with 103 businesses and nearly 80,000 worker-owners, the Mondragón Cooperatives comprise the largest consortium of worker-owners in the world.

Mondragon is a highly successful cooperative model with over 60 years of proven success. They have established research centers, bank and credit unions, a university with several campuses, youth cooperatives, a culinary arts university, and small to large businesses. In June 2007, the Educational Director of the Mondragon Cooperatives, Mikel Lezamiz, spoke at the Praxis Peace Institute conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Due to the interest generated at that conference, we decided to collaborate with Mondragon in offering an in-depth educational opportunity for those who want more information on how to create cooperatives in their businesses and communities, and how to incorporate the ethics that support cooperative ventures..

ADDED for 2019 - Our 10th seminar at the Mondragón Cooperatives will be a special event with pre and post travel options available. Arriving in Bilbao early is an annual add-on. Stay in a B&B or in the hotel that we reserve every year. Post seminar for 2019 is likely to include optional trips to Barcelona, Seville, and other areas. Pre and Post travel is priced separately.

Who Should Participate:

Green business leaders, educators, community leaders, journalists, economists, non-profit leaders, environmentalists, business leaders, religious leaders, and all those who have an opportunity to make use of the Mondragon model in projects based in their communities or businesses. This program is a unique opportunity to learn cooperative models of business organization and to see first hand how they work over a long period of time. It is also an opporunity to experience the values and ethics that support cooperatives. Social justice,  sustainable environmental practices, and empathic relations are part of this extraordinary network of cooperatives.

Presentations include
The history, culture, and ethics of the Mondragon Cooperatives, Mondragon's corporate management and training models, the cooperative incubation center and how it functions in creating and developing new products and services, Research and Developmet at Mondragon (the largest R & D complex in all of Europe, with 15 separate entities), the role of Laboral Kutxa (formerly Caja Laboral) the Mondragon Cooperatives' bank and credit union, Mondragon's projects in developing countries, and Democracy at Mondragon - how the cooperatives are organized. We will learn about the Social systems and Social Councils at Mondragon, and we will have plenty of time for questions in all sessions. We also spend time with students and faculty atMondragon University and learn about their TeamAcademy degree programs in Teampreneurship and meet with an American professor who has taught at Mondragón University for more than 25 years and will answer remaining questions at the end of the week.

Visits include
SAIOLAN, an incubation center for new products and services; EROSKI, one of the largest supermarket chains in Spain; Mondragon University, the education center where the cooperative movement began. We will also learn about the TeamAcademy graduate program (cooperative business and teampreneurship) and meet with students and directors of this program. We will visit the Basque Culinary Centre, the newest Mondragon Univeristy campus, a Research & Development center, and the Basque Parliament for a session with the Director of the Basque Department of Coexistence and Human Rights. We will spend a whole day at Mondragon University's lovely new campus in Onati (a beautiful medieval town near Mondragon).

Excursions                                                                                                                                                                                               Visit and enjoy tapas at the Basque Culinary Center in the beautiful coastal city of San Sebastian. We will have time to visit this lovely city and its Old Town after a tour of the center. We visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (designed by Frank Gehry and built by a Mondragón construction cooperative), and have an excursion to Vitoria, the capital of the Basque Country.                                                                          
Accommodations All participants will stay at the Hotel Mondragon for 6 nights. Hotel and daily breakfast and lunch (main meal) will be included in the seminar prices. Wireless Internet access is available in all hotel and seminar meeting rooms.

Scholarships  -  We hope to award at least one scholarship in 2019, but have not confimed that at this time. 

Included in Conference Price: Seminar fee, six nights accommodations at our hotel, daily full breakfast and main meal, all excursions, transfers to and from the Bilbao Airport and our hotel in Mondragon. Airfare not included, but our agent gets the best prices and coordinates our travel schedules. Upon registration (with a $700 deposit), you will receive our travel agent's contact information. They are scheduling our arrivals and departures as close as possible so that most of us will be able to take our bus to and from airport and hotel. Our travel agent can also handle any additional excursions you wish to make before or after this seminar. If you have your own agent or are using miles, we will give you the time frames for arrival and departure. Our agent will also coordinate Praxis add-on tours.

Pre and Post Seminar Travel - We can arrange to meet or travel together before and after the seminar. Madrid and/or Bilbao are great destinations prior to the seminar.

Mondragon Report

Carl Davidson's Blog from Mondragon 2010

Georgia Kelly's Huffington Post Article on Mondragon

Click here for Georgia Kelly video on Mondragon

Registration - A minimum deposit of $700 reserves your space. You can also pay more at any time up to the balance due date. We are limited to 20 people, so we encourage early registraion. Balances can be paid in increments, but total amount will be due by May 1, 2019. If you are registering after this date, all money is due upon registration. In most cases, we are able to find a roommate if you wish one, but early registrants will have first priority and the best possibility of securing a roommate. For the best experience for all participants, we advise people who snore to not request a roommate. Costs at Mondragón have increased in 2018, and these expenses are reflected in the adjusted prices.

Shared Accommodations - $2,800 per person
Single Accommodations   - $3,300

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Cancellation Policy for 2019
Full Refund to March 15, 2019
70% Refund between March 16 and April 16
50% Refund between April 16 and May 1
No Refund - from May 1
All refunds include a processing fee.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)
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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)
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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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