We are accepting proposals for the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy in New York, NY! All proposals are due by Wednesday, March 15. Final programming decisions will be made by the beginning of April. Our staff is happy to discuss your session proposal ideas — email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.
From June 9-11, hundreds of worker cooperatives will join together to build a new economy based on shared ownership and real democratic management. We want you to add your voice. Propose a workshop and show us your most creative ideas about worker-ownership in content and presentation.
This year’s conference theme of “Resist and Transform” focuses on the potential for the cooperative to be a tool for both resistance in these volatile times as well as a building block for transforming our economy and society. Proposals on history, case-studies, theory, and practical skills are all welcome.
ECWD encourages proposals from women, people of color, low-income people, people with disabilities, queer-identified people, and people of transgender and/or gender-non-conforming experience.
Courses will generally be 90 minutes long and it might be possible to do a double session. We will also accept proposals for full or half day intensive sessions on Friday.
When planning your session, please strive to include content that is accessible to a broad audience. Whenever possible, try to include information about cooperatives that are different from your own. If you are discussing a legal phenomenon that affects one state, for example, do a little research and share information that is relevant to all conference attendees rather than just some. If you’re teaching people introductory accounting/budgeting skills, are you including examples from different types/sizes of cooperatives? Some subjects require specialization, and that’s okay — but be intentional and clear when choosing to limit the scope of a workshop to a specific audience. Also, please be sure to plan courses that are accessible to people with various disabilities. Feel free to get in touch with NYCNoWC staff if you would like support addressing these requests.
Thanks for helping to make the ECWD an awesome experience!