Nov 19 Meetup: Exploring Coops: What, Why and How They Work so Well

Saturday, November 19 at 12:00 PM, at
Conservation Development LLC – Lise Thompson
626 Montgomery Road, Hillsborough, NJ (map)

RSVP here

Successful EcoVillages are built by people who understand what cooperative living is all about. Our coach in setting up an EcoVillage in NJ, the EcoVillagers Alliance, recommends that we form small, local “Study Groups” to discuss readings, and begin to bond with one another. Study groups meet between sessions, and report on their learnings at the larger Meetups.

Our first reading will be the Introduction and Part 1, Chapter 1 of the book Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard.

“Why this book?” Dr. Nembhard’s research sheds light on how cooperative economic development has been used to build community wealth and democracy outside of the dominant exploitation-based system. This book provides the historical context of WHY we want to create shared-equity, cooperatively-owned communities, and a good organizational survey of HOW.

For a summary of the book, and the list of discussion questions we’re looking at, see: Creating an Ecovillage Co-op.

For more information and to participate, please contact Victoria Zelin or 908-507-3150.

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