Featuring: Cooperative Fundamentals!
CCCD’s 2021 conference focuses on Cooperative Fundamentals: webinar sessions traverse our Cooperative Roots, Explore Resources for Cooperatives, and offer Introductions to the Many and Innovative Ways Cooperatives are used to Empower Economic Justice.
Sessions introduce newbies to cooperatives and provide an opportunity for cooperators to broaden their knowledge of different types of cooperatives. Webinar workshops will also explore the Cooperative Ecosystem by discussing the resource organizations that support cooperatives. Webinars will convene live to promote discussion and participant interaction. Afterwards, these webinars will be edited for enduring use in a library of online educational sessions.
Join us for one or more of the following sessions - registration is free.
We look forward to exploring cooperative fundamentals with you!!
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Cooperative Solutions to California's Housing Crisis
Thursday, June 10; 9:00-10:30 am PST
Presenters: E. Kim Coontz (CCCD) and Erin Lapeyrolerie (Goldfarb & Lipman LLP)
Cooperative housing models, particularly Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives (LEHCs), present an effective and creative approach to addressing California’s affordability and availability crisis. Cooperatives create new opportunities for ownership and are effective in preserving naturally occurring affordable housing, as in resident owned manufactured home parks. Focusing on LEHCs, the workshop makes the case for how and why this model makes sense from the policy perspective, while promoting economic justice in the housing sector. Includes a discussion of important legal considerations. Various financing mechanisms will also be presented, including ROC Capital & MPRROP.
This activity is approved for 1.5 MCLE credit hours by the State Bar of California.
Worker Co-ops for a More Equitable Economy
Thursday, June 24; 10:00-11:30 am PST
Moderated by Pedro Maturana-Figueroa (CCCD) and Hilary Abell (Project Equity)
Worker cooperatives create more equitable workplaces, provide solutions to a variety of problems across different industries, and pave the way for a more just economy. The workshop will include a discussion of the role of cooperatives in retaining local businesses and jobs through the employee purchase of businesses from owners who are looking to retire. Content will also cover how worker cooperative in the homecare industry simultaneously improve pay and working conditions while providing high quality care to elders and disabled adults who need their services.
Worker Co-op Farms as a Solution to Retaining Local Farms
Thursday, July 1; 10:00-11:30 am PST
Moderator: Cameron Ottello (CCCD)
Guest Speakers: Joaquin Jimenez (Rancho San Benito Farm/Half Moon Bay City Council), Liya Schwartzman (Farmlink), Lucy O'Dae (Flying V Farm)
The workshop will focus on keeping local family farms in local hands and continuous production by allowing retiring farmers to sell their farm to farmers who will own and cultivate the land using the worker cooperative model. Cooperative ownership can address the high cost of farmland and allow farms to remain locally owned and farmed.
Childcare Co-ops: Addressing the Mutual Needs of Parents and Workers
Moderated by E. Kim Coontz (CCCD)
The pandemic crystalized the fact that childcare is essential to the workforce participation of parents. But even before the pandemic, Californians faced a childcare crisis, brought on by shortages of licensed care, high costs, and unequal access. Meanwhile, childcare workers are so poorly paid that they are forced to leave the field even when they enjoy caring for children. The workshop will share various models of cooperative childcare and focus on the benefits of a multi-stakeholder model where parents and workers co-govern the cooperative to the benefit of families and workers.
Co-op Patronage (Covering How it Works in Ag, Food, and Worker Co-ops)
Moderated by Jamie Duong (CCCD) and Mavery L. Davis, CPA (Resolve Co-op/Financial Literacy Bootcamp)
Co-op Patronage 101 offers an introduction to the world of patronage. Starting off with a review of the basics (what is patronage and how does it work?), we explore the different methods of tracking and calculating patronage across multiple co-op sectors and then finish off with a discussion of the tax benefits and implications of patronage.
Food Co-ops Promoting Food Security
Thursday, July 15; 10:00-11:30 am PST
Moderated by Mollie Moisan (CCCD) and Cameron Ottello (CCCD)
Embodying cooperative Principle 7: Concern for Community, food co-ops regularly go above and beyond in promoting food security to their member owners, local farms, and the communities they reside in. How can co-ops be nimble and respond quickly to emergencies and rapidly changing environments to protect food access and pathways?
Co-op Funders Panel
Moderated by E. Kim Coontz (CCCD)
Co-op Lenders Panel discusses financing options for worker and consumer food cooperatives from the initial phase grant/seed funding to conventional or guaranteed loan programs. Representatives from different lending sources share the sources available, terms and structures, as well as the fundamentals of credit, underwriting, and loan process.
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