Joining a NYC Coop Movement
These discussions have been happening a lot more frequently for me. The coop movement in New York City — whether worker coops, food coops, affordable housing coops or credit unions (savings and loan coops) like us — is exploding. Policymakers understand that not-for-profit cooperatives offer a viable alternative form of economic organization than for-profit enterprises. Within the movement, organizations like the New Economy Project, CEANYC, Inclusiv, NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives, and a ton of others are pushing this conversation forward. We show how our organizations are economically sustainable, how we try to create value that stays with the workers and/or the local communities, and how we create capacity among coop owners to govern themselves.
I think Brooklyn Coop has an important role to play in this movement. Our scrappy credit union attracts significant attention given the large number of members we have and the length of time that we’ve been operating. And I know our members can contribute a great deal!
Over the year 2019 I’m going to convene some discussion sessions for members interested in policy and advocacy topics. For sure email me if you’d like me to hold you a spot. First one will likely be late January, once the holidays are over.
We had a great Staff Maintenance Day 2018:
Here we are at lunch…