SLICE: Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere presents its third annual conference. "Invigorating the Cooperative Economy", a 2-day summit designed to bring Pacific Northwest cooperators, developers, activists, social innovators, policy makers, and the economic development community together to forge practical new strategies for nourishing a new Cooperative Movement which, at its heart, explicitly includes a commitment to social and environmental justice as well as sustainable cooperative development of scale. The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, throwing light on the global legitimacy of the cooperative model's ability to uphold democratic, culturally relevant community enterprise.
Friday, October 21
Join regional and national changemakers for a jovial evening of networking, featuring rousing keynote speaker Michael Peck, North American delegate to Mondragon, and complete with locally and cooperatively sourced beer, wine, artisan and farmstead cheeses, meats, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Connect with colleagues and strangers, and get excited about our collective strength and ingenuity in preparation for a day of discussion and action.
Saturday, October 22
Enjoy compelling creative conversation related to the current regional cooperative climate and opportunities for growing the Cooperative Movement in more transparent and accountable ways, featuring keynote speaker Margaret Lund, independent cooperative developer and former executive director of Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund, who will speak to how to build a cooperative economy.
As well, join in professionally facilitated, participant-driven open space where people of all stripes will meet in self-organized working groups a sampling of which include participants interested in the creation of an urban cooperative development center; participants interested in forming a regional cooperative development fund; and participants wishing to increase cooperation among co-ops in their respective sectors or across sectors to create initiatives, partnerships, and solutions intended to invigorate our cooperative economy.
A complimentary locally sourced, cooperatively produced lunch will be provided.
All Pilgrim's Church (View)
500 Broadway East
Seattle, WA 98102