Day 1: Friday
|8:30am - 2:30pm||Registration and settling in|
|11:30am - 2:30pm||Lunch
Lunch sandwiches will be available 1:00pm - 2:30pm
|3:00pm - 4:00pm||Welcome to CoopEcon 2012
Ed Whitfield and Elandria Williams will lay out the agenda talk about logistics and expectations for the gathering.
|4:30pm - 5:15pm||Opening Plenary
|5:15pm - 6:00pm||Group Discussions
First in small groups, then with the whole group, participants will have the opportunity to talk with others about their understanding about how the history of these developments sets the tone for what is possible now. This will be part of the relationship building and also address the overall goal of our work in the south.
|6:30pm - 7:30pm||Supper Break|
|7:30pm - 8:30pm||Workshop Tracks
Track 1: Getting Started
What are the first steps to develop Cooperatives on a sound footing? We will include some discussion of Grassroots and Incubated models of development.
Track 2: Getting Better
Improving Existing Cooperatives focusing on the issues of ongoing governance, financial management, business planning of cooperatives and linking cooperatives together
|8:30pm - 9:00pm||Review of next day's activities. We will all come back together to end the day together share some reflections on the first day and make clear what will happen Saturday.|
Day 2: Saturday
|7:45am - 8:45am||Breakfast|
|9:00am - 9:30am||Day Two Opening
Introduction to the work of the day Thomas Beckett. More discussion on Open-Space Technology. We will entertain other questions and reflections on the whole process for the day. Melissa Hoover, the executive director of th US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and Elandria Williams will discuss national formations on solidarity economics and worker cooperatives.
|9:30am - 10:30 am||Panel discussion: Worker Cooperatives in Challenged Communities and Challenging Times
Medrick Addison, Molly Hemstreet and Jessica Meehan will address issues of cooperative approach to poverty in their areas.
|10:30am - 10:45am||Break|
|10:45am - 12:15pm||Open Space Technology|
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30pm - 4:30pm||Workshops
Concurrent tracks will continue:
|4:30pm - 5:00pm||Break|
|5:00pm - 6:30pm||Open Space Technology
This time will also include a tour of the Federation's Forestry Project.
|6:30pm - 7:30pm||Dinner|
|7:30pm - 8:00pm||Reflection Time|
|8:00pm - 9:30pm||Optional Co-opoly Tournament
Day 3: Sunday
|7:45am - 8:45am||Breakfast|
|9:00am - 10:15am||Where do we go from here?
We should capture people's individual and group commitments in small group sessions then as a whole.
|10:30am - 12:00pm||Structure and organizational affiliations
We will discuss our potential realtionship with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, NCBA, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Eastern Conference on Workplace Democracy, etc. We will begin discussions on the collective vision of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project in 5 years, 10 years, etc. Will it become a coalition, network, organization, regional association?