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Saturday, June 16 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Cooperative Ecosystem: Lessons in Building Community Wealth

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Listen to stories of people supporting worker-owned cooperatives to build community power. Learn about why economic democracy is necessary and how to build sustainable and resilient alternative economic models that challenge traditional systems that extract and exploit from people and planet. Panelists will discuss the power of worker-owned cooperatives, national ecosystem building, needs-based business development, and how they are actively working towards a just and more democratic economy.


Margo Dalal

Detroit Community Wealth Fund
Margo is a co-founder and Director of the Detroit Community Wealth Fund. She is a Community-based Initiative Scholar at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is working to build youth-owned businesses at Grace In Action Collectives in Southwest Detroit. She is also... Read More →

B. Anthony Holley

Detroit Coalition for Economic Democracy
B. Anthony Holley is a community organizer, entrepreneur, and co-op developer born and raised in Detroit. B. Anthony along with other local leaders launched the Detroit Community Wealth Fund to provide access to capital for local community owned business through non-extractive lending... Read More →

Meghan Sobocienski

Grace In Action Collectives
Meghan Sobocienski is the CoFounder and Director of Grace in Action Collectives, a network of worker owned and youth run cooperatives and collectives in Southwest Detroit. Meghan is a 4th generation Detroiter, though she has lived in both the city and the suburbs. Living and loving... Read More →

Lucas Turner-Owens

Boston Ujima Project
Lucas Turner-Owens is the Fund Manager at the Boston Ujima Project, a community controlled fund making investments in small businesses and real estate within Boston's working class communities of color. He has a background in consulting and TA.

Ed Whitfeld

Fund for Democratic Communities
Ed Whitfeld is co-founder and co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC). A long time social justice activist, Ed had been involved in labor, community organizing and peace work since the late 60‚Äòs when he was a student activist at Cornell University... Read More →

Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
STATE HALL: Room 113