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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

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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.

The International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary's University are leaders in rigorous and dynamic research and education focused on co-operative management and governance. The centre cultivates a deep understanding of co-operatives, credit unions and mutuals within a globalized education curriculum (with on-line and in-person options) and research programs.

A group dedicated to creating tools to help neighborhoods and communities create commons.

Max Lawlor is a journalist, editor, and writer based in the Republic of Ireland. He has covered theater, popular culture, sports, and is currently investigating forms of alternative travel. In his spare time, he studies German.

Promoting Economic Pluralism are seeking to create and support spaces for diverse voices, perspectives and approaches to understanding our economies to help co-create truly sustainable, resilient and inclusive ones.

We work with other organisations, activists and thinkers in the new economics movement. We look to develop projects to support this movement for reform.

George Cheney, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of Colorado. He is an educator,  writer, group facilitator, and organizational consultant with a focus on workplace democracy, economic and social justice, and environmental sustainability. He divides his time between Colorado and Utah.

Brittany Ebeling is a Community Land Trust Associate at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. She has a master’s in Urban Policy from Sciences Po Paris, where she was

Megan McGee is a blogger based in NYC who works with several mutual aid and community gardening projects.