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Interview with Alex Stone of CooperationWorks!

Alex Stone, Executive Director of CooperationWorks! (CW), is interviewed on Everything Co-op, by host Vernon Oakes. Vernon and Alex discuss her experiences in the cooperative movement, and how Cooperation Works! uses its national network of Cooperative Development Centers, to help revitalize communities through effective cooperative enterprise development.

Alex Stone first became involved with co-ops through student housing co-ops at UC Berkeley, where she lived for three years and participated as a house-level manager and board member. She was deeply involved with the creation of the Berkeley Student Food Collective and served as the store's first Operations Manager through its first two years. Alex co-founded the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive and coordinated its first training involving over twenty students from seven universities across the west coast. As Executive Director of CW, she looks forward to expanding CW's impact in the field of cooperative development.

CooperationWorks! is the Center of Excellence for cooperative business development. The organization is a dynamic and innovative national cooperative created to grow the cooperative model across the United States. Its mission is to strengthen America's cooperative movement by building and empowering a network of skilled cooperative development practitioners. CW members, a national network of Cooperative Development Centers, work together to revitalize communities through effective cooperative enterprise development.

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