"The deadline to submit proposals is March 15 and we expect to confirm presenters by the middle of April. We are currently planning for four or five tracks, but the final lineup will depend on the proposals we receive from people like you:
Co-op 101 - intro and start ups
Strengthening our co-ops/management
Sustaining and Consolidating Growth & Shedding Old Infrastructure
Being a Democratic Business
"Please note that we only have a limited number of workshops available. We will prioritize the voices of women, people of color, people with disabilities and other members of groups that have been historically marginalized within our movement. We appreciate all proposals! We are working with a modest budget and can neither waive registration fees nor subsidize travel. We do, however, have some capacity to help presenters and participants meet financial needs through a sliding scale registration cost. Please let us know if the expense of attending will be a challenge for you. Questions? Comments? Please contact ECWD content coordinator Andrew McLeod at email@example.com"
The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD; east.usworker.coop) is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting worker cooperatives and the cooperative economy. We aim to make the skills, information and networks necessary to run a successful cooperative business available as widely as possible through educational events such as our bi-annual conference. Founded in 1999, the 2013 conference will be our 7th conference.
We are seeking an individual, team of two, or group to plan, organize, and implement the 2013 regional conference on worker cooperatives and workplace democracy. The conference will be held toward the end of July 2013; we have yet to determine the location. The Conference Organizer will work closely with the Eastern Coordinating Council (ECC - the conference planning committee), and focused sub-committees of the ECC. If funding is available, the Conference Organizer and ECC may also choose to hire a secondary organizer in the Fall, with whom the Conference Organizer will work.
Registration for the upcoming national worker cooperative conference opens in mid-March. In the meantime, take a look at our gorgeous conference website for lots of information!
Speakers and Workshops
We have confirmed that Congressman Chaka Fattah from Philadelphia, the sponsor of the National Cooperative Development Act, will give our keynote address on Friday, June 22. In the spirit of the UN International Year of Cooperatives, we are also pleased to welcome several international guests, who will join us to share stories of their worker cooperative movements. We are still confirming final guests and will publish a full list soon. The two day-long conference will feature over 30 workshops on everything from practical sharing of skills to movement-building discussions, to opportunities to actually do business with one another. We have selected about 75% of the sessions. In the next week we will post more sessions, along with descriptions and schedules. Check back for more info!
Cooperative Development Intensive
MIT CoLab and USFWC convene an ongoing discussion about worker cooperative development. Hearing a real need for continued discussion about worker cooperative development and the explosion of new development projects, we are convening a daylong intensive discussion on Friday, June 22. This intensive will happen in addition to the main conference, for a small additional fee. It is aimed at cooperative developers, cooperative federations, community groups and individuals supporting cooperative development, and anyone who is interested in advancing the dialogue and practice of developing worker cooperatives. The Development Intensive will be hosted at MIT in conjunction with the MIT CoLab. More details to come soon.
Community Picnic and Party
Meet the Boston cooperative community in Jamaica Plain. Saturday night we will host a community picnic and party in Jamaica Plain. The picnic happens in the park next to the Stony Brook T stop. The party continues that night at Spontaneous Celebrations a block away, where we'll have live music, DJs, a games room for kids and adults, beverages for all ages, cupcakes, and lots more.
Sponsor the Conference!
We expect over 300 people from around the country to attend the conference. This is a great chance to get your name out there - whether you're a cooperative, a support organization, a consultant, a lender, a funder, or a friend. We depend on sponsors to keep the conference affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. Please consider sponsoring part of the conference. Your sponsorship will help:
- Provide 20-25 scholarships, focused on developing leadership in USFWC members.
- Support Spanish/English interpretation for an anticipated 30-40 primary Spanish speaking attendees
- Keep attendance affordable, with discounted registration for up to 75 Boston area community members
Ringmaster - $2000 or more.
Free conference registration for 2, large ad in the program.
High-flying trapeze artist - $1000 or more.
Free conference registration for 1, medium ad in the program.
Tightrope walker - $500 or more.
Discounted conference registration for 1, small ad in the program.
Acrobat - Any amount.
Your name on the sponsor list and signage.
All sponsors will be showered with dazzling smiles and effusive thanks, in print, in person and online. You can also choose to sponsor a speaker, a coffee break, a workshop track, or the Saturday night community picnic. In return for your event-based sponsorship, we'll post signage and include your personal or cooperative name in the promotional materials. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sponsor.
Submissions for the 2012 conference are invited from all relevant fields of study including comparative economic systems, industrial and labor economics, organizational studies, management studies, institutional economics, evolutionary economics, development economics, sociology, psychology, political science, law, and philosophy.Abstracts for proposed papers should be submitted by March 31st.
The IAFEP is dedicated to exploring the economics of democratic and participatory economic organizations, such as labor-managed firms, cooperatives and firms with broad-based employee share-ownership, profit-sharing and worker participation schemes, as well as democratic nonprofit, community and social enterprises.The IAFEP Conferences, which take place every two years, provide an international forum for the presentation and debate of current research and scholarship on the economics of participation.
Programs andsome papers from some of previous year's conferences are available:
This one-day conferenceJune 13, 2012 at Drexel University in Philadelphia will explore what two cities can learn from one another about building cooperatives and cooperative networks, and what cooperatives contribute to cities, regions and states. Our conference also provides an opportunity to learn from the Honorable Chaka Fattah about the National Cooperative Development Act, a bill he introduced into Congress on December 15, 2011.Hosted by Drexel University’s Center for Public Policy.
Invited speakers include:
Chaka Fattah, U.S. Representative, Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District
Gar Alperovitz, University of Maryland and the Democracy Collaborative
Paul Soglin, Mayor, City of Madison, Wisconsin
Michael Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Michael Swack, Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire
Jessica Gordon Nembhard, John Jay College
Steve Dubb, Democracy Collaborative
The conference will include breakout sessions and workshops that examine specific cooperatives in detail, comparing those in Pennsylvania (mostly from Philadelphia) and those in Wisconsin (mostly from Madison):
Weaver’s Wy, Mariposa, Green Saw, Lancaster Farm Fresh, Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania, People-for-People Credit Union, South Philly Food Coop, Kensington Food Coop, Ecology, Home Care Associates, Childspace
Willy Street, Regent Street, Isthmus Engineering, Just Coffee, Union Cab, Organic Valley, Summit Credit Union, Mifflin Street, Cooperative Care
For more information, contact:
Drexel University Center for Public Policy
Center for Public Policy
Drexel University Center for Public Policy
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Drexel University Lindy Center for Civic Engagement
The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance
Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship
An International Conference on Business Successions and Employee Ownership to raise awareness of worker co-operatives and related models as an alternative for businesses without successors anddevelop the expertise of stakeholders through the exchange and analysis of their experience.
A North American Conference of Worker Co-operatives, with the theme “Co-operation without Borders" to provide a venue for the worker co-operative movements in Quebec, the rest of Canada and the United States to come together and share experiences, to develop the expertise of worker co-operators through the exchange and analysis of best practices in the management and governance of a worker co-op and to officially launch the North American sub-region of CICOPA-Americas, to be known as “CICOPA-North America.”