CoopEcon 2012 Schedule

Day 1: Friday

8:30am - 2:30pmRegistration and settling in
11:30am - 2:30pmLunch

Lunch sandwiches will be available 1:00pm - 2:30pm
3:00pm - 4:00pmWelcome to CoopEcon 2012
Ed Whitfield and Elandria Williams will lay out the agenda talk about logistics and expectations for the gathering.
4:30pm - 5:15pmOpening Plenary

  • Introduction to Epes: Why are we here in this place at this time? Epes is owned by the cooperative movement in the South.

  • Brief history of FSC

  • Keynote: Jessica Gordon-Nembhard: History of African Americans and Cooperatives
5:15pm - 6:00pmGroup 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 - 7:30pmSupper Break
7:30pm - 8:30pmWorkshop 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 - 9:00pmReview 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 - 8:45amBreakfast
9:00am - 9:30amDay 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 amPanel 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 - 10:45amBreak
10:45am - 12:15pmOpen Space Technology
12:30pm - 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm - 4:30pmWorkshops
Concurrent tracks will continue:
  • Track 1: Getting Started

  • Track 2 Getting Better
4:30pm - 5:00pmBreak
5:00pm - 6:30pmOpen Space Technology

This time will also include a tour of the Federation's Forestry Project.
6:30pm - 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm - 8:00pmReflection Time
8:00pm - 9:30pmOptional Co-opoly Tournament
  • Drawing of door prizes

  • Market Place for Cooperatives to show their stuff

  • Free time and networking

Day 3: Sunday

7:45am - 8:45amBreakfast
9:00am - 10:15amWhere do we go from here?

We should capture people's individual and group commitments in small group sessions then as a whole.
10:30am - 12:00pmStructure 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?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *