Interested in cooperatives? Credit Unions? Land trusts? Local food systems? Time-Banks? Complementary currencies? Isn’t it time we try some new ways of doing business as usual?
This Saturday hundreds will be gathering to learn from each other on how to build and participate in the new bottom-up economy at the first Festival of Grassroots Economics. Here’s the deets:
Saturday, September 26 from 10am-4pm
Humanist Hall, 390 27th St, Oakland, CA
Free to the public
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Here is an itinerary of the day’s panels:
11am – Co-op 101: An introduction to worker cooperatives. A brief survey of the organizational, legal and financial aspects. A must for those who are thinking of joining or forming a cooperative.
Kasper Koczab and Dave Karoly – Network of the Bay Area Worker Cooperatives
12:30 pm – Resources for the Grassroots Economy: Financial and development resources to meet community economic needs. Panelists will discuss the resources available to community projects.
Erin Kilmer-Neel – One California Foundation
Jenny Kassan – Katovich Law
Ian Winter – North California Land Trust
Jeanine Esposito – People’s Federal Credit Union
Moderator: Janelle Orsi – Attorney and author of The Sharing Solution
2:00 pm – Urban Food Security: Communities must take food back from global capital. How are we building just, sustainable, locally-based food systems that meet our communities’ needs and provide meaningful work? Facilitator: Dennis Terry – Mandela Foods Cooperative
Dana Harvey- Mandela MarketPlace
David Roach- Mo’ Better Food Markets
Erica Torrence- People’s Grocery
3:00 pm – Building the Alternative: The grassroots economy is a solution to the economic crisis and holds a vision of the world we want to create. How can we nurture a local economy that gives working folks power and control over the economy and their work lives, leveraging available resources? How can social and environmental justice work support the development of a new economic paradigm? How we can create more synergy and interdependence between grassroots economic projects? How can we build a just, sustainable economic alternative to scale?
Moderator/Facilitator: Gopal Dayenini -GAIA and Movement Generation
Ali Ar Rasheed – AAR Development Consultants
Rhea Serna – Mission Asset Fund
Tom Wetzel – SF Community Land Trust
Heather Young – Bay Area Community Exchange