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slice 2010 conference - seattle, wa

Posted: September 1 2010

Central Co-op and Seattle Good Business Network present
SLICE: Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Seattle Central Community College
1701 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
Join us for a powerful day-long conference on everything ranging from cooperative basics for people starting or interested in starting a new co-op to general information for anyone who supports co-ops, and cooperation and advanced collaboration opportunities for existing cooperatives and cooperators.
More info below on scholarships, work trade.

• Hear the opening keynote address from Rosalinda Guillen, executive director of Bellingham, Washington’s De Comunidad a Comunidad (Community to Community), a women-led grassroots organization that works on practical solutions to social injustice through self-organizing by disempowered communities to build their own institutions to meet their own self-identified needs. Among other innovative and exciting projects, Guillen and Community to Community are working to create a culturally appropriate cooperative development center, and are supporting local farmworkers in their efforts to establish worker cooperative agricultural enterprises.
• Enjoy a lunchtime keynote address from Jim Anderson of Evergreen Cooperatives, an inspiring Cleveland, Ohio project designed to build a federation of worker cooperatives modeled on the Mondragon Federation in Spain. Evergreen Cooperatives includes an industrial laundry, a solar installation company, and a nascent large-scale urban greenhouse for growing lettuce. Commitments from the “Eds and Meds” (large educational and medical institutions in the University Circle area of Cleveland) enable these new worker cooperatives to hit the ground running, hiring and building equity for workers from surrounding neighborhoods devastated by the ongoing collapse of our industrial economy.
• Attend workshops on the following topics: decision-making, communication, and governance; incorporation; finances; eating cooperatively; living cooperatively; and working cooperatively.
• Participate in a cooperative primer and discussions concerning cooperative economics, the next generation of cooperators, and the global cooperative movement.
To register, visit Brown Paper Tickets. For additional information, contact Central Co-op’s cooperative advancement department via telephone 206.329.1545 or email.
SLICE Work-Trade
We have a limited number of work-trade opportunities available. In exchange for a 2-hour volunteer shift worked at the pre-conference social, October 22, or at SLICE, October 23, work-traders receive a $30 credit toward their conference ticket.
To apply, please email us your full name, telephone number, and a response to the following questions.
• Are you able to comfortably and safely lift 20 pounds?
• Between 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 22, what is your availability?
• Between 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 23, what is your availability?
• Are you licensed to drive?
• Do you have a registered, insured vehicle? If so, are you able to retrieve keynote speaker Jim Anderson from SeaTac airport, 12:20 p.m., Friday, October 22?
Applicants approved for work-trade will be notified via email. A shift assignment and Brown Paper Ticket registration instructions will be provided.

SLICE Scholarships

We have a limited number of scholarship opportunities available. To apply, please email us your full name, telephone number, and a response to the following questions by Thursday, September 30.
• Why are you interested in attending SLICE: Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere?
• How will you apply the skills and knowledge you gain at SLICE (e.g. cooperative projects, relationships, etc.)?
• Do you permit the SLICE co-organizers to publish your responses? If so, how do you want your name to appear?
Applicants awarded a scholarship will be notified via email. Brown Paper Ticket registration instructions will be provided.
SLICE work-trade and scholarships were made possible through a generous donation from Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union.
SLICE 2010 is sponsored by Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, Web Collective, Equal Exchange, PCC Natural Markets, and Pangaea Organica.