Connecting for Impact
Only through strong and meaningful connections can worker cooperatives reach their full potential, providing positive solutions for many of the economic inequalities and injustices that face the Eastern US. Through these relationships, cooperatives reach new communities, distribute wealth equitably, hold true to cooperative values, and create successful businesses. Connecting for impact means creating a movement for real economic change fueled by worker-owners of every background.
The 2015 conference will emphasize the critical connections that are being made around our region and beyond, strengthening a movement that is growing at a rapid pace. Cooperatives in the Pioneer Valley and Philadelphia will demonstrate how cross-sector collaboration can build the cooperative brand and increase business success. Projects in Springfield, Cleveland, and the Bronx will illustrate the process of building scalable businesses through collaboration between worker cooperatives and anchor institutions. Existing work in New York, Madison, Quebec, and Puerto Rico will provide a model for leveraging relationships with governments, non-profits, and community organizations to fuel cooperative development. Worker-owned businesses across the country are actively engaged in creating a more just economy by reaching beyond their businesses to grow their cooperatives and our movement.