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Are you interested in building a democratic, just, and sustainable U.S. South? Join us at CoopEcon 2016 to learn about cooperative businesses and meet other community activists working to build democratic ownership in their communities!

Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Many people know what’s wrong with the economy, and what’s not working in their communities, but they don’t know how to fix it or what alternative strategies exist. CoopEcon introduces cooperative and solidarity economy alternatives, showcases successful co-ops, and provides co-op training both at the introductory and intermediate levels. And we do this from the perspective of the South – of people of color, low-wealth communities, and women struggling to build sustainable and prosperous communities in the South. CoopEcon provides networking, sharing of knowledge, inspiration and fun!

Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice”

Ed Whitfield

CoopEcon is an intensive weekend-long networking and training opportunity for southerners who are ready to work to build cooperative economic enterprises to transform previously marginalized communities into new economies based on democratic ownership and democratic governance.

Ed Whitfield, Co-Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities