Webinar: Worker-Owned Cooperatives:  Moving Beyond Personal Financial Products to Expand Ownership Opportunities for America’s Working Families

Mar 05, 2015

Project EquityJoin AFN on Thursday, March 5th at 11 am PST for Worker-Owned Cooperatives:  Moving Beyond Personal Financial Products to Expand Ownership Opportunities for America’s Working Families

In today’s economy, holding down a job (or even two) is not enough to get out of poverty, and savings and micro-enterprise programs cannot always bridge the gap. Worker-owned cooperatives represent a new iteration of asset-building strategies that can move low-income families, including communities of color that are hardest hit by wage and wealth gaps, toward financial security.  Worker ownership combines quality job creation with shared entrepreneurship opportunities to enable low-wage workers to increase their skills, income, and assets.

Join AFN on March 5th to learn about current research on how worker-owned businesses build assets, and the success factors in worker coop development; and to hear from two leaders of cutting-edge initiatives in the field:

     - Project Equity works on multiple pathways to expanding worker ownership in the San Francisco Bay Area, including incubating and converting busineseses,  and

     - Opportunity Threads, a worker-owned cut-and-sew factory, is leading efforts to revitalize North Carolina’s textile industry.

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Moderator: 

Stephanie Upp, AFN Program Manager 

Speakers:

     - Hilary Abell, Co-founder of Project Equity and author of Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale

     - Molly Hemstreet, Co-founder and General Manager of Opportunity Threads and Carolina Textile District

     - Bobby Smith, Senior Associate, Fellowship Programs at Echoing Green

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Webinar Resources:

Click here to view the webinar recording

Click here to view or download the slideshow presentation.

 

Learn More:

Worker Coop Origins and Development Models infographic 

Echoing Green

Opportunity Threads

Carolina Textile District

Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale

Project Equity