"An all day, free to the public, festival in celebration of an emerging bottom-up economy for people and the planet took place in Oakland, CA. Approximately 450 people and 50 organizations participated, bring together worker-cooperatives, urban gardeners developing food security measures, advocates of human powered transportation, gray water activists and complimentary currency promoters."
Co-op 101: An introduction to worker cooperatives.
A brief survey of the organizational, legal and financial aspects.
- Kasper Koczab and Dave Karoly – Network of the Bay Area Worker Cooperatives
Resources for the Grassroots Economy
Financial and development resources to meet community economic needs. Panelists will discuss the resources available to community projects.
- Jenny Kassan – Katovich Law
- Ian Winter – North California Land Trust
- Jeanine Esposito – People’s Federal Credit Union
- Erin Kilmer-Neel – OneCalifornia Foundation
- Moderator: Janelle Orsi – Attorney and author of “The Sharing Solution”
Urban Food Security
Communities must take food back from global capital. How are we building just, sustainable, locally-based food systems that meet our communities’ needs and provide meaningful work?
- Dana Harvey- Mandela MarketPlace
- David Roach- Mo’ Better Food Market
- Gavin Raders- Planting Justice
- Facilitator: Dennis Terry – Mandela Foods Cooperative
Building the Alternative
The grassroots economy is a solution to the economic crisis and holds a vision of the world we want to create. How can we nurture a local economy that gives working folks power and control over the economy and their work lives, leveraging available resources? How can social and environmental justice work support the development of a new economic paradigm? How we can create more synergy and interdependence between grassroots economic projects? How can we build a just, sustainable economic alternative to scale?
- Moderator/Facilitator: Gopal Dayenini -GAIA and Movement Generation
- Ali Ar Rasheed – AAR Development Consultants
- Rhea Serna – Mission Asset Fund
- Tom Wetzel – SF Community Land Trust
- Heather Young – Bay Area Community Exchange