Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor 9 inches of sloppy snow on Thursday, April 18 kept 70 folk from filling the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis with the eternal hope that we can OWN OUR FUTURE. The contingent of cooperators representing more than a dozen cooperative enterprises enjoyed a wonderful reception and lively conversation.
With clarity and a gift for story-telling author Marjorie Kelly gave us examples for how society could be if we took democratic ownership of our economy.
We will soon have a video recording of the event available.
Besides Ms. Kelly's presentation, four local cooperatives shared their own stories:
Cooperative Energy Futures is an energy-efficiency cooperative based in South Minneapolis with a focus on Powderhorn, Central, Corcoran, and the four Phillips neighborhoods. Launched by a group of Macalester College graduates, CEF uses the power of community to create economic opportunity through energy efficiency, and empowers people to participate in simple climate and energy solutions that work for everyone.
Latino Economic Development Center is a statewide, membership-based nonprofit organization and CDFI with headquarters in Minneapolis and satellite offices in West St. Paul and Willmar. As the Greater Minnesota rural program manager, Yolanda Cotterall provides capacity buildingfor organizations and technical assistance providers doing micro-enterprise development work in rural areas. LEDC has supported the development of several cooperative enterprises in the metro area and Greater Minnesota. www.ledc-mn.org
Terra Firma Building & Remodeling is a custom remodeling company located in St. Paul and serving the Twin Cities and beyond. Its team of nearly 20 employees share a common passion for the art and craft of carpentry; for durable buildings and sustainable building practices; and for growing a company that values mutual respect, integrity, and creative thinking. Owner Marty Ruddy recently began the process of converting the company to a worker-owned cooperative.
Northeast Investment Cooperative (NEIC) formed to allow the people of Northeast Minneapolis to invest directly and collectively in their neighborhood through the purchase, renovation, and management of commercial and residential property. By investing patient capital together, by actively recruiting local businesses as tenants, and by supporting those businesses as they grow and thrive, NEIC member-owners intend to bring transformative change to Northeast Minneapolis, one building at a time. The video they presented is a must see.
Thanks to our sponsors for providing financial and in-kind support for this event:
- ACE-Association of CooperativeEducatorsAtticus Law Cooperative
- Chris Bohnhoff Photography
- Brightpeak Financial
- Common Good Books
- Cooperative Development Services
- Cooperative Network
- Eastside Food Co-op
- Equal Exchange
- Northcountry CooperativeDevelopment Fund
- Seward Community Co-op
- Triangle Park Creative