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Sunday, July 29 • 9:00am - 10:50am
Cooperative Cities Of Tomorrow: How International Lessons Can Inform North American Strategies

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A vision for a just, inclusive city of the future features cooperatives as hubs of economic activity. Worker co-ops are a better way of doing business, and simultaneously a forceful alternative form of organized labor where workers seize capital as their own instrument. Housing cooperatives can stem the tide of neighborhood hood displacement and gentrification. Food cooperatives and CSAs linked to local supply chains are ways of creating food sovereignty and long-term sustainability.  Cities like Montreal, Barcelona, New York, and Philadelphia are at the forefront of building economic alternatives around cooperatives. What lesson can we learn from these experiments? How could we better strategize regionally? How do we create scale?   Facilitators from the Racial and Economic Justice member council of the US Federation of Worker Co-ops will guide our process for advanced strategizing to explore the possibilities of cooperatives for the urban future of work, consumption, and living. 

Speakers
avatar for Esteban Kelly

Esteban Kelly

Executive Director, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Esteban Kelly is the Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) and is a worker-owner and co-founder of AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance), a worker co-op that builds capacity for social justice projects through intersectional training... Read More →
avatar for Laurent Levesque

Laurent Levesque

chair of the youth wing, Chantier de l'économie sociale
Laurent Levesque cofounded and coordinates UTILE, a Montreal-based nonprofit that builds affordable student housing in Québec, Canada. He is the current chair of the youth wing of the Chantier de l'économie sociale and a co-organizer of the Transform Montreal series of conferences... Read More →
avatar for Alvaro Porro

Alvaro Porro

Commissioner of Social Economy and Local Development and Consumption, City of Barcelona


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