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$14,086 raised of $15,500
($2,286 online, $15,760 offline)

Raising funds for the 2013 Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy

Team Members

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Andrew McLeod

Andrew McLeod fundraising for ECWD Fundraising Committee

$99 1


Ted De Barbieri

Ted De Barbieri fundraising for ECWD Fundraising Committee

$250 7


holly jo Sparks

Growing Our Cooperatives, Growing Our Communities.

$18,157 34

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“Fall in love with hard and patient work - we are at the beginning, not the end.”

When Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek spoke to Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Plaza in 2011, he called on protesters to address some difficult questions: What do we want? What type of new leadership do we need? Is change really possible?

Since 1999, the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy has organized to answer these questions. We believe in the power of worker ownership and cooperation to create profound changes in our culture and our livelihoods.

Through biennial conferences, we’ve created intentional working relationships within the movement for workplace democracy, offering nuts and bolts training and learning opportunities for worker-owners, cooperative organizers, and other supporters.

And we can do more.

The 2013 conference theme, “Growing Our Cooperatives, Growing Our Communities,” will focus not only on the skills and tools necessary to cooperatives to develop themselves and their workers, but also how we, as a movement, can effect large-scale social and economic change. Our keynote speaker, Deborah Frieze, former co-president of the Berkana Institute and author of Walk Out Walk On will speak to emerging communities of practice and network leadership in the midst of system-wide breakdown.

If you’re like most in our movement to build just, sustainable and resilient economies, you recognize that this is our historic moment. For us, the question isn’t what do we want. But how do we get there?

By providing financial or in-kind support for gatherings such as ECWD, your organization helps to sustain existing relationships and to activate this social web within new and different networks. Your contribution demonstrates courage and commitment to this hard and patient work.

Our plenaries will highlight success stories of cooperatives helping workers and explore how communities can thrive in times of economic trouble; and our workshops will offer participants tangible skills and next steps for scaling up their work.

The 2013 conference will motivate and inspire attendees to help their communities develop, and to connect with others in moving the new economy forward.

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  1. holly jo Sparksholly jo... 04/17/2013 at 09:05 PM ET
    Thanks for joining, Ted! Feel free to personalize your fundraiser to tell friends and supporters why worker co-ops are important to you.