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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy


Owen Kelly grew up in Birkenhead, worked in Brixton, and now lives in Helsinki. He has worked in physical theatre and as a community artist, cultural consultant, computer trainer and web designer.

He served for five years as a member of the board of Pixelache, a digital “arts” collective, and continues as an active member. He currently works as principal lecturer in online media at Arcada, a university of applied science in Helsinki.

Gordon Edgar loves cheese and worker-owned co-ops, and has been combining both of these infatuations as the cheese buyer for San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery Cooperative since 1994. Edgar has been a judge at numerous national cheese competitions, a board member for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, and has had a blog since 2002, which can be found at His latest book, Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Most Iconic Cheese investigates America’s relationship with cheddar, why we love it, and the effect that cheese has had on the American food system. Edgar’s cheese memoir, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge was published in 2010.

Seed Commons is a national network of locally rooted, non-extractive loan funds that brings the power of big finance under community control. By taking guidance from the grassroots and sharing capital and resources to support local cooperative businesses, we are building the infrastructure necessary for a truly just, democratic and sustainable new economy.

The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) is the national grassroots membership organization for worker cooperatives. Our mission is to build a thriving cooperative movement of stable, empowering jobs through worker-ownership. We advance worker-owned, -managed, and -governed workplaces through cooperative education, advocacy and development.

Sara is a worker-owner at Guerrilla Media Collective.

Timothy is a worker-owner at Guerrilla Media Collective.

Founder and CEO of South Mountain Company.

Rebecca Fisher-McGinty is the Communications Wizard at Round Sky Solutions.

A documentary film maker.

Evan Casper-Futterman is the Director of the Economic Democracy Learning Center at the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative.