A day-long conference to learn and share about cooperatives, time-banking, bartering and other ways to build community and a local cooperative economy.  A history panel will include representatives from the now defunct Capitol Cab Cooperative, Takoma Park-Silver Spring Food Co-op, and the Greenbelt, MD co-ops and a presentation from the Women's Community Bakery Collective. The worker cooperative track will feature representatives from the DC Laborers Cooperative and Cooperative Incubator of DC.  An agricultural track will feature a range of farmers and food activists. Bob Noble and Peter Frank from the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Association will lead a workshop on regional organizing, and a "marketplace" of cooperatives will talk about their co-ops.

The  goals for the DC Co-op Day conference are (1) to educate more people about cooperative and alternative economic efforts (TimeDollars/Banks, Bartering, etc.) in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area; (2) to celebrate the International Year of the Cooperative; and (3) to hopefully lay the foundation to organize a more structured. cooperative, community-and locally-sustainable network in this area.  

This event will also kick off a "Season of Cooperatives" - a series of local events exploring cooperatives, and cooperation and community-building.

The conference will take place at the University of the District of Columbia, Center for the Study of Cooperatives, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Building 41-A-03, Washington, DC 20008-1112. Register at http://dccoopday.eventbrite.com.  For more info:  www.coopdc.org, or e-mail: info@coopdc.org



Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
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