Michael Menser, Brooklyn College; Kali Akuno, Cooperation Jackson; Yorman Nunez, Bronx Cooperative Development initiative; and Gabriela Alvarez, Liberation Cuisine speaking at an event “Reconstructing Economic Development for People and Planet”
Michael Menser, Brooklyn College; Kali Akuno, Cooperation Jackson; Yorman Nunez, Bronx Cooperative Development initiative; and Gabriela Alvarez, Liberation Cuisine speaking at an event “Reconstructing Economic Development for People and Planet”, May 2018

CWOP hosts and sponsors forums and conferences on worker cooperatives and economic democracy. All upcoming events at CUNY SLU can be found here.

Upcoming Event

OUR ECONOMY! Economic Democracy and System Change Conference
April 12th, 9:00am-5:00PM, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

Can the economy be democratized? How can we transform it into a more socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable system? How can we combat the growing concentrations of power and wealth? What current practices point toward a participatory democracy and resilient next system?

Our current political economy is unjust, anti-democratic, and ecologically unsustainable. This reality has led to a host of efforts to transform our political economy. This conference will bring together leading academics, researchers, advocates, and practitioners for a day of discussion on how we can achieve systemic transformation and make a political economy that is equitable, democratic, and sustainable.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

J. Phillip Thompson, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, City of New York

PLENARY SPEAKERS: (list in formation)

Sheila Foster, Professor of Law and Public Policy, Georgetown University
Roger Green, Co-Founder, Society for Effective Economic Democracy; Co-Chair of the Coalition to Transform Interfaith
Sean Sweeney, Director, International Program for Labor, Climate and the Environment, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies; Coordinator, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED)

Panel topics will include:

  • Energy democracy and the Green New Deal
  • Building the infrastructure for economic democracy
  • Creating a healthy cooperative ecosystem
  • Co-ops and immigrant workers
  • Opportunities and challenges of land use policy and community land trusts
  • Municipalism and workers’ rights
  • Food co-ops and food systems
  • Public ownership and the state

RSVP for the conference here.

Past Events

Reconstructing Economic Development For People and Plant: Stories of Just Economic Democracy
Speakers: Michael Menser, Brooklyn College; Gabriela Alvarez, Chef and founder of Liberation Cuisine; Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson; Yorman Nunez, Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative (May 2018)

From Economic Crisis to Economic Democracy
Speakers: Dario Azzellini, Murphy Institute visiting scholar, Johannes Kepler University, Austria, Associate Editor for WorkingUSA and Cuadernos de Marte; Naceo Giles, worker-owner from Thoroughbred Pest Control; Jessica Gordon Nembhard, John Jay College, CUNY and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice; Roger Green, Director, Dubois-Bunche Center on Public Policy, Medgar Evers College and the Coalition to Save Interfaith (March 2017)

Worker Cooperatives & Workforce Development: A Strategic Conversation
Speakers: Melissa Hoover, Democracy at Work Institute; Steven Dawson, visiting Fellow at The Pinkerton Foundation and former president of PHI; Adria Powell, Executive Vice President and President-elect of Cooperative Home Care Associates (October 2016)

Solidarity Economies & Worker Coops
Speakers: Amy B Dean, Fellow, The Century Foundation, co-author, A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement; Roger Green, Director, Dubois-Bunche Center on Public Policy, Medgar Evers College; Adria Powell, Executive Vice President, Cooperative Home Care Associates; Melissa Risser, Attorney, Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project, co-founder of 1worker1vote.org (December 2015)