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How to Start a Worker Cooperative

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 1–3 pm


Worker cooperatives are businesses that are owned and controlled by the people who work in them. Their workers have a direct stake in the local community and the power to be more environmentally responsible. They tend to create long-term stable jobs, maintain sustainable business practices, and bring democracy to the workplace. Join Lab Team member Omar Freilla of Green Worker Cooperatives for an interactive workshop to learn what cooperatives are all about, what it takes to start one, whether you’ve got what it takes, and how to get going. Then join in on the fun and be a cooperator for an afternoon by playing the new board game Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives, a fun and educational game where players make tough choices to keep their cooperative in business going while putting their teamwork talents to the test. This is a game of skill and solidarity, where everyone wins—or everybody loses.

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