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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

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Build Bronzeville uses Bronzeville’s unique assets to restore commercial activity and revitalize our historic neighborhood. An effort of Urban Juncture, Build Bronzeville is comprised of five closely-linked initiatives that merge social, economic, civic, and creative approaches to achieve comprehensive community development.

Our channel showcases webinar's for business "know how" from the Illinois SBDC at Build Bronzeville and community focused webinars for everything from home buying to gardening.

We help worker coops in the greater Baltimore area get the capital they need to start and grow. Our non-extractive lending process helps prioritizes inclusion and equity, rather than locking communities out of the funding they need to start owning their economy.

Agostino Petroni is a 2020 M.A.-Politics graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and a Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellow. An economist and a gastronome, Agostino published Memoria Nueva: Storie di Guardiani Della Terra (Stories of Guardians of the Earth), and produced Heartwood, a documentary about gastronomic resilience of three Latin-American Indigenous communities. Agostino has reported in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East.

Distributed Cooperative Organization is a clunky name that, while accurate, fortunately reduces to “DisCO” which is a lot easier to remember. The DisCO (read all about it in the DisCO Manifesto) takes a friendly but carefully planned approach to people working together to create value in ways that are cooperative, commons-oriented and rooted in feminist economics. DisCOs are amplified by the power of Distributed Ledger/Blockchain technologies, harnessing the utility of tech without being completely tech-centric, emphasizing mutual trust and remembering to have fun.

A South Africa based organization focused on "unschooling."

Janelle Orsi is a lawyer, advocate, writer, and cartoonist focused on cooperatives, the sharing economy, land trusts, shared housing, local currencies, and rebuilding the commons. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), which facilitates the growth of more sustainable and localized economies through education, research, and advocacy.

Steve Herrick is a worker-owner at Interpreters Cooperative of Madison, and works on the staff of the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition.

NFU represents family farmers, fishers and ranchers across the country, with formally organized divisions in 33 states. The key to the success and credibility of the organization has been Farmers Union’s grassroots structure in which policy positions are initiated locally. The policy process includes the presentation of resolutions by individuals, followed by possible adoption of the resolutions at the local, state and national levels. Members and staff of the Farmers Union advocate these policy positions nationwide.

Start.coop exists to build an ecosystem that lifts up, supports, and accelerates cooperative entrepreneurs on their business journey.  Our accelerator selects the most promising teams from across North America and provides them with training and support embedded in our rigorous business curriculum and world-class mentor community.

Mary Sutton is a life-long activist with a strong commitment to social and economic justice. Over the years, she has participated in the movement against apartheid in South Africa, mobilized a broad coalition against prison and jail expansion in Los Angeles, and advocated for funding to build community-based solutions to address the prison-industrial complex. In 2016, Mary earned her M.A. in Urban Sustainability at Antioch University Los Angeles with a focus on incarceration. While completing her degree program, she designed Collective REMAKE, which supports the development of cooperatives among people who have been previously incarcerated or otherwise marginalized.