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The 2017-2018 “C-School” (Cooperative School) our

Think Outside the Boss Workshop Series!

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SESSION 1: Saturday September 23 2017 from 10 AM to 12 PM

     The SHOP at 621 Dallas Avenue in Homewood, Pittsburgh 15208

  • Why do business as a cooperative? What are the benefits, the challenges?
  • Facilitators are Pittsburgh people who work in cooperatives.
  • Who are in the cooperative businesses in the Pittsburgh area?
  • Come if you want to hear more and find out how you can help the cooperative movement for all Pittsburghers, if you’re exploring converting to or starting a cooperative, or if you’re just curious!

our only cost is your time and effort.

REGISTER NOW!   …and get a flyer here.

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SESSION 2: Saturday October 21, 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM

     The Homewood Library at 7101 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh 15208

  • What’s different about cooperatives?
  • How does a for-profit business operate democratically?
  • Get started putting the nuts and bolts together

SESSION 3: Pittsburgh Cooperates! A weekend of events with Jessica Gordon Nembhart, a leading voice in the history and workings of cooperatives, and especially Black cooperatives. All free events, co-sponsored by the Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Cooperative, Metro Urban Institute of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Ujamaa Collective, and the Urban Kind Institute!

  • Thursday November 16: Public Talk and Discussion 7 PM – Long Hall at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary at 616 North Highland Avenue Pittsburgh 15206
  • Friday November 17: Consultation sessions and site visits to Pittsburgh cooperatives in the morning and afternoon
  • Saturday November 18: TBA

SESSION 4: December 2017 Check back soon!

SESSION 5: February 2018 Check back soon!

SESSION 6: March 2018 Check back soon!

SESSION 7: April 2018 Check back soon!

SESSION 8: May 2018 Check back soon!


Please check out our COVIVI  demo at the Social Justice Innovation Weekend Monday evening February 20th at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater! (We’re developing it slowly but surely…)

Complete events:

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Come in from the Cold

.. at the East End Food Co-op

for a

Co-opoly Game Play

Saturday January 28 from 1-4 PM

East End Food Coop Conference Room at the Power Center


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Co-opoly Untournament & Holiday Meet-Up

Tuesday December 6, 2016

5-9 PM

Future Tenant Gallery in the Cultural District

819 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh 15222

Meet others from the Pittsburgh area working on, interested in, and supporting cooperative business and community initiatives.

Refreshments, music, and entertainment.

Free, but an RSVP would be great for planning!

 


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Think Outside the Boss – Governance

Cooperatives are governed to varying degrees by consensus. Come to this workshop to learn an efficient and effective method for deciding in cooperative businesses and work groups.

Learn it by doing it.

November 5, 2016 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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OLA’s HERB SHOP and BOTANICALS

5824 Forbes Avenue, 2nd Floor – Pittsburgh, PA 15217

With appreciation for support from  Sprout-Logo-green-trans  and    NA-color-trans


Worker Cooperatives Live!

Or …all about business where you, your community, and the Earth matter most

October 20, 2016 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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SPIRIT LODGE

242 E. 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Free event ~ food and drinks available ~ ID req’d by the establishment

Come to meet Cooperative worker-owners tell their stories of sharing ownership and its radical advantages. Network with other regional businesses, community groups, and entrepreneurs. PLUS a game corner for hands-on learning to run your own co-op!      RSVP to stay connected!

 


 

 

OCTOBER IS COOPERATIVES MONTH WORLDWIDE!   GET A FLYER AND POST IT!

Cooperatives Workshop October 8!

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Join us October 8 at 11 AM at the Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers Cooperative Farmers Market at 7240 Frankstown Avenue in Homewood. The PCOC will hold a one-hour workshop on cooperatives, focusing on worker-owned businesses.

Check back  for a follow-up workshop on cooperative business decision making in November! Click HERE to be contacted about it! …Also free of charge. 


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Small Business Resource Fair:

Cooperatives Edition

Tuesday October 11 from 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Beechview Carnegie Library
1910 Broadway Avenue in Beechview 15216

Co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of the City of Pittsburgh and the
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

RSVP here (not required but you won’t miss access to helpful resources)

This for 1) people who have a conventional business and are considering converting it to a cooperative and 2) people exploring starting  a cooperative from the ground up. People in both situations will also have the opportunity to meet people to help with financing, regulatory and permitting and licensing matters, real estate, and workforce development, to name a few important sides of any successful business.

Come to attend and grow Pittsburgh’s democratically owned business scene!

Free of charge.


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PCOC member East End Food Coop is screening this inspiring film about cooperatives past, present, and future, on

October 13, 2016 at 7:00pm

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The East End Food Co-op

7516 Meade Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208


 

Co-opoly “Untournament” in AUGUST

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Friday August 19th – 6-8:30 PM

Biddle’s Escape Upstairs
401 Biddle Avenue in Wilkinsburg

Intro to cooperative business, play a board game that realistically simulates running a cooperative, meet people in cooperative business, and ask your questions. We’ll have answers!

RSVP (not required but helps us plan) HERE.


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CO-OP WORKSHOP JUNE 8!

5:30 PM at the BRADDOCK LIBRARY

419 Library Street Braddock, PA 15104

We at the Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives would like to meet people who want more from their work and are looking for a better way to make a living.

Learn about cooperatives from people you know and some new folks.

What are their advantages? Challenges?

Meet other folks in your community interested in cooperatives, and hear from members of a worker owned enterprise about their experience.

Bring a dish to share if you can. We’ll have a simple dinner for all participants at this FREE EVENT.

Share a flyer for posting or distribution…

With appreciation for support from  Sprout-Logo-green-trans  and    NA-color-trans


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APRIL 12 at REPAIR THE WORLD!

Join us for a potluck game night to play “Co-opoly”, a real-world entrepreneurial game where you are a member of a cooperative.

Learn about cooperatives. Test your collaborative skill. Or just watch.

Schmooze with this year’s Repair the World Fellows, other folks curious about cooperatives, and members of a worker owned enterprise.

Bring a dish to share if you can.

6-8 PM TUESDAY APRIL 12

6022 Broad Street Pittsburgh 15206

With appreciation for support from  Sprout-Logo-green-trans  and    NA-color-trans

 


 

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Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives GAME NIGHT!

JANUARY 19 at EAST END BREWING!

Join us for an entertaining game called “Co-opoly” which is what it sounds like: a real-world entrepreneurial game but you are a member of a cooperative. Music, refreshments, and the board game Co-opoly!

Learn about cooperatives and test your collaborative skill!

7-9 PM JAN 19 at East End Brewing ~ 147 Julius Street Pittsburgh 15206

RSVP here to give us an idea of attendance for planning. Thanks!

November 25, 2015

Hi, East Enders and cooperative supporters!

Pin Up Posters Courier Collective is looking to hire a new member for our worker-owned cooperative. We are hiring for a East-End-heavy delivery route, so please check out the details at our website
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BUT CHECK OUT PIN UP POSTERS HERE

 

August 26, 2015

Pittsburgh Chamber of Coops represents at the Kingsley Association’s Urban Green Growth Collaborative Monthly Meeting

Co-Founders Ron Gaydos and Jeff Jaeger were on hand to make a presentation on the cooperative movement, the cooperative business model, and how the Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives can help new and existing worker-owned businesses.

Also on the panel were:

  • Marteen Garay speaking on Urban Innovation 21’s 1Worker1Vote collabration
  • Gabe McMorland, Thomas Merton Center New Economy Campaign on the cooperative principles and movement, and
  • Ben Ledewitz, Co-founder of the Three Rivers Workers Guild worker-owned construction and landscaping company

The 30 attendees from around the area listened, asked many questions, and made helpful suggestions on what types of cooperative business opportunities would work best, according to local needs and skilled people available.

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July 31, 2015   at   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Screening of Shift Change, a new film about worker-owned cooperatives.

6:00 PM at the Homewood Branch of the Carnegie library of Pittsburgh, 7101 Hamilton Avenue Pittsburgh 15208

FREE ADMISSION

What if all kinds of workers owned their workplace, and each worker had an equal vote in decisions about running the business?

SHIFTCHANGE tells the story of worker-owned cooperatives in cities across the country. Meet others interested in starting and supporting cooperative businesses!

Cooperatives – many are worker-owned businesses like the ones in the film – are being established here! Check out Pittsburgh’s own list of co-ops at www.CooperatePGH.org

SPONSORED BY THE NEW ECONOMY CAMPAIGN OF THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER

With the Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives and Cooperate Pittsburgh.

May 20, 2015
Bloomfield-Garfield Community Center

Gathering of the cooperative “curious, capable, and conspiratorial.”  50+ people interested in cooperatives – from community tool sharing to worker-owned businesses – gathered to meet each other and share their experience and needs.

This informs how to proceed with the movement as well as how to prepare practical resources for attendees and future members.

SPONSORED BY THE NEW ECONOMY CAMPAIGN OF THE THOMAS MERTON CENTER.

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