Thursday, March 29, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
How to Talk Cooperative!
Learn how to conduct informal, effective, small-group presentations about the benefits of Co-ops in your community and beyond
- Consolidate your knowledge of Cooperatives
- Add Co-op to your development expertise
- Develop your speaking and meeting skills
- Grow the Cooperative Movement
- Convey your passion!
Thursday, April 12, 2012, 9:30am to 3:30pm. Lunch provided.
West Room, Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St., Augusta, ME
Reservations only, in advance: 207-525-7776 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations, questions, directions
Welcome to a free, enjoyable training session for future speakers about co-ops. This guided instruction is for anyone wishing to develop skills in this area. Learn to speak confidently and competently about:
- What are Cooperatives? What is their history?
- Why the Cooperative Difference Matters
- Types of Cooperatives and hybrids
- Values and Principles that inspire Co-ops
- Examples of successful Co-ops
- Bylaws and governance
- Extent and diversity of the global movement
- Handling FAQs and resources
- Assistance with planning your presentation
Help your community to Celebrate: 2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives!!
Lynda Brushett, Cooperative Development Institute
Jane Livingston, Cooperative Maine & Cooperative Development Institute
Friday, March 23, 2012
Worker Ownership for the 99%:
The United Steelworkers, Mondragon, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center Announce a New Union Cooperative Model to Reinsert Worker Equity Back into the U.S. Economy
WHO: Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers (USW) Michael A. Peck, Mondragon North American Delegate Bill McIntyre, Director, Ohio Employee Ownership Center Dr. Martin Lowery, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and past Chairman of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA)
WHAT: Announcement of a “Union Co‐op” model, which combines worker ownership in a cooperative business with the collective bargaining process, developed as part of the ongoing collaboration between the USW and Mondragon, and with the assistance of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC).
The USW is North America’s largest industrial union representing some 1.2 million active and retired members in a diverse range of industries.
Mondragon is the world’s largest worker industrial cooperative, headquartered in the Basque region of Spain, with 85,000 worker-‐owners and over $24 billion in annual sales.
The Ohio Employee Ownership Center is an outreach center of Kent State University, founded in 1987 by John Logue who worked tirelessly to bring the successful Mondragon business practices and employee ownership structure and governance to the U.S.
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2012
WHERE: 60 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 – Lobby
Melissa Hoover of the US Federation of Worker Co-ops reports: "The press conference on Monday will be in person in Pittsburgh, and instead of live-streaming, there are plans to video it and post the video. We will send out a link when it is available.
As a USFWC staffer, I was honored to be asked to be on the advisory committee, and I reviewed the paper and gave my input to the model. It’s exciting to see this work coming to fruition in such a thoughtful, principled manner."
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Everyone else: please consider making a donation anyway!
Scholarships to the conference will cost about $100 each, and the Boston organizing committee is hoping to provide at least 50! Please use http://www.gofundme.com/99esg to make a donation.
We're having brunch on Sunday 3/25, raising funds for a
scholarship fund for this summer's National Worker Co-op conference
(http://usworker.coop). It's not just a conference, it's a wonderful
opportunity for local co-op members, and aspiring cooperators, to
learn how to run a successful, democratic business. This is the
United Nations "Year of Cooperatives" and there is a TON of interest
from people who want to learn about this alternative to capitalist
businesses. The scholarship fund is meant to help provide access to
the conference for people who can't afford the registration. We're
expecting a flood of scholarship requests! Organizations like the
Boston Worker's Alliance, MassCOSH, and Worcester Roots want to send
20 or more interested people each to the conference - please help us
help them get there!
Brunch is this Sunday, March 25th at the showroom of the Community
Builders Cooperative - a 25 year old contracting company in
Somerville. The address is 24 Webster Ave in Union Square,
Somerville, and the event is from 11 to 2 pm. Tickets are $20 if you
reserve ahead of time, and $25 at the door. To reserve a seat, send
an email to Eric Johnson at email@example.com. You can make a
donation through our new fundraising site:
http://www.gofundme.com/99esg . We're making a ton of food, and we
have some wonderful donations from local chefs and caterers - it's
going to be a great feast!
If you can't come to brunch, please consider making a donation anyway!
Scholarships to the conference will cost us about $100 each, and
we're hoping to provide at least 50! Please use
http://www.gofundme.com/99esg to make a donation.
**** PLEASE FORWARD AND POST WIDELY ****
Announcing USFWC Member Conference Scholarships
The USFWC will offer 4 scholarships of $250 each to members of USFWC member workplaces to attend the national worker cooperative conference this year. These scholarships are intended for people who are interested in getting more involved in worker cooperative organizing and support at a local, regional or national level.
This scholarship has two purposes:
- To strengthen the USFWC by supporting the involvement of potential leaders
- To support our member workplaces in sending their members to conferences and events
Applicants must complete the Scholarship Application. (Also available by email upon request.) It is also recommended that applicants enlist the support of their workplace in covering costs for the conference (as appropriate to the size and capacity of the workplace), and such support will be taken into account in the application process.
Applicant must be a member of a USFWC member workplace. Women, transpeople, people of color, and members of identity groups not currently represented in the USFWC’s leadership are strongly encouraged to apply. Committee members will evaluate applicants on the strength of their applications, taking into account such qualities as: commitment to and knowledge about worker cooperatives, leadership potential, experience, and workplace support.
Guidelines for Use
Recipients will be required to use scholarship money to cover registration and travel costs for the conference.** Recipients will be required to attend the USFWC membership meeting during the conference. They may also be asked to serve as “listeners” during the conference. “Listeners” take notes throughout and share their observations with the group at the end of the event. Recipients are also required to complete a brief survey at the end of the program.
Deadline for Applications: April 12, 2012
Decisions from USFWC will be announced by April 23. Deadline for recipients to accept the scholarship is April 30.
**Scholarship will be awarded to the individual, not the organization. In the event that the awardee is not able to use the scholarship, it cannot be automatically transferred to another individual. The committee may re-award money at its discretion.
Trailer here: http://youtu.be/a0g4Z8hhqDg
Go to http://www.mightysmallfilms.com/This_Way_Out.html to buy a copy. With tax and shipping and handling, it's a very affordable $30.
The video is in English, but there is a Spanish-language option on the DVD with a voice-over translation.
Here is a description:
On the DVD delivering the info: Quilted, Box Dog Bikes, Co-Soap, Tech Collective, Electric Embers, A Taste of Denmark, Design Action Collective, Cheeseboard, Eco Care, Arizmendi, Bio Fuel Oasis, Mandela Foods, Other Avenue Natural Foods, Neil Helfman (attorney), Van P. Baldwin (attorney/CPA), Melissa Hoover (USFWC), Gary Bell (CEO, Cooperative Federal Credit Union), Jenny Kassan (Attorney), Kim Coontz (Calif Center Coop. Development), with a special appearance by Jim Hightower (author, commentator)
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Technical Support and Customer Service
Position Focus: Customer Support and System Administration
Work will focus primarily on supporting both technical and non-technical
customers with their Domain, DNS, Web & Email Hosting Services.
Secondary focus on administration of FreeBSD unix servers.
Additional duties include participation in the development of a
cooperatively owned business.
Advancement based on your interest and skills in Unix system
administration, web application development (ruby on rails),
and/or business development.
Location: Work from your own home 98% of the time (high speed internet
connection required). If you live in Western Massachusetts we have a
shared office space that is also available.
You live in central TX, Massachusetts, So. Vermont, or So. New Hampshire.
Start Date: April 2012
Technical Skills Requirement:
--> You know how the Internet works
--> General computer troubleshooting skills on Windows & Mac
--> Strong Customer Service/Technical Support skills
--> Comfortable with the command line interface
. hardware maintenance/repair and data center experience
. Unix (FreeBSD) system administration
. shell scripting
. ruby on rails programming
Work Hours & Compensation:
--> Flexible part-time (10-15 hours per week), available for one weekday
shift per week plus flex-time
--> Some on-call overnight and weekend emergency response duties
--> Long term permanent position, path to worker-ownership in the
--> Compensation: Starting $17-20/hour depending on experience and
worker-owner status. Full worker-owners also share in profits.
Provisional worker-owner period is 6 months to 1 year.
Our Technology Platform:
System administration: FreeBSD, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Perl,
Common web applications used by our customers: Drupal, Wordpress,
Joomla, Moveable Type, Magento
Programming / Database: MySQL, PHP, Perl, Ruby, Unix shell scripting
Legacy: Windows Server, IIS/Cold Fusion
- You have experience or interest in cooperative ownership
- You are interested in being a long term worker-owner of Gaia Host
- Social Justice and Care for Earth are important to you
- Self-motivated and able to work independently
- Cooperative work ethic, works well in a team
- You have interpersonal conflict resolution skills
- You have consensus and group decision making experience
- You have vision in your life and the will to peacefully manifest it
- You have a sense of humor and know there's more to this planet than
We are a diversity friendly cooperative! Please Apply.
Gaia Host Collective is a 7 year old worker-owned cooperative with
owners in Southern Vermont, Austin, TX, and western Mass.
We are committed to providing reliable Internet hosting services, while
minimizing our environmental impact and maximizing our social benefit.
Gaia Host offers Domain Registration, Managed web and e-mail Hosting for
small to large traffic websites and friendly customer service for
technical and non-technical customers.
Our hosting server infrastructure is located primarily in two data
center spaces in Somerville, MA and Bedford, NH.
Currently 3 worker-owners, seeking a fourth.
E-mail cover letter and resume with two references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current worker owners may be reached by phone at: (800) 672-8060:
Charles (x803), Benjamin (x802), or Matthew (x804).
Benjamin Bradley, Charles Uchu Strader, and Matthew King
Gaia Host Collective
Reliable Internet hosting services from a worker-owned cooperative
dedicated to environmental and social sustainability.