There was so many rich quotes from the national worker cooperative conference that took place in Berkeley last weekend. Many got lost in my unreadable handwriting.
Here are only a few that I was able to capture:
"This isn't for everyone. Co-ops are awesome."
--Hilary Abell, WAGES Executive Director.
"They say that young people are the future, but they don't treat us like that. It's like we're a burden. ...We're the leaders of today, not just tomorrow."
--Patricia Feraud, business and fundraising coordinator for Toxic Soil Busters, a youth lead-remediation cooperative.
"We have to shrink the economy. We have to get rid of the oil economy and develop an economy that will sustain life. "
--Bernard Marszalek, re-"leisured" worker owner and JAS-Econ organizer
"Conflict is the fastest way to build community."
-- Bill Say, workshop leader on conflict and communications
"We looked for democratic schools, and we couldn't find one."
Dee Grover Thomas, of EdVisions Cooperative in Minnesota, which helps run a school that teachers created where students "own" their learning--they decide on a project through which all subjects are taught.