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VASEN - Coop Ecosystems Learn-In
When we look at the global movement to create a solidarity economy, the development of worker cooperatives is a specific goal. Much of this has to do with a focus on placing the control and benefits that a business can provide in the hands of the workers and to support communities. Data from around the world shows that on the whole cooperatives are longer lasting and provide significant financial and social benefits. After the end of the Civil War, Black communities turned to and created many cooperatives as part of their collective history of mutual aid, but also as a way to lower costs and minimize risks. In Virginia, there is a long history of producer and consumer coops in the electric and agricultural sector. Yet, due to the state law, worker cooperatives have significant hurdles to overcome. This learn-in will bring together voices from around VA that are creating and improving ecosystems so that worker coops to not only start, but thrive.

Mar 21, 2023 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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