"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 firstname.lastname@example.org"
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.
How to Bring Evergreen to Your Community, moderated by Steve Dubb, Democracy Collaborative
The Role of Policy in Building Resources for Urban Cooperative Development, moderated by Lisa Stolarski, Keystone Development Center
Inter-workings, Advantages, and Challenges of Our Cooperatives: Communication, Decision Making and Relationship Building, Center for Family Life, Si Se Puede! Coop, Beyond Care Childcare Coop, Color Me! Coop
Lessons from Wisconsin: Worker Co-ops Defending Workers Rights, moderated by John McNamara & Rebecca Kemble, USFWC
Building a Co-op Economy through Grassroots Partnerships, moderated by Deborah Olson, Center for Community Based Enterprise, Detroit
Transitioning The Untapped Potential of Transferring Private Businesses to Worker Cooperatives, moderated by Roy Messing, Ohio Employee Ownership Center
Cooperative Networks, Adam Trott and Erbin Crowell, Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives
Broadening Ownership: The Joys and Challenges of Growth in a Worker Co-op, moderated by Noemi Gizspenc, Cooperative DevelopmentInstitute