Webinar #1: What Can We Learn from The New York City Cooperative Movement?
The Cooperation Group interviews Emma Yorra from the Center for Family Life and another member of the NYC worker co-op coalition about their experience assisting worker cooperatives in New York City.
This is an interactive webinar, and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions in the main lobby and also participate in video break-out sessions to discuss how the ideas discussed in the interview might benefit the cooperative movement in Detroit.
Emma Yorra is the Co-Director of the Cooperative Development Program at the Center for Family Life (CFL) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn which develops women-led immigrant cooperatives, including Si Se Puede Women’s Cleaning Cooperative, Beyond Care Childcare Cooperative and six others whose services range from elder care to office cleaning to tutoring, to pet care, to guerrilla marketing to handy-work. CFL is a founding member of the NYC Worker Cooperative Coalition, and works with over 200 members in nine cooperatives. The Center for Family Life also trains Community Based Organizations in cooperative development and incubation. Emma also collaborates with the Worker Owned Rockaways Cooperatives (WORCs) project, rebuilding the peninsula with cooperative development after Hurricane Sandy. Previously, she worked 4 years in Nicaragua founding and directing an office of the cooperative finance fund, The Working World. Emma is undertaking a master’s degree in Social Economics and Cooperative Business at Mondragon University.
The Center for Family Life Cooperative Business Program partners with community residents to organize cooperative businesses to create living wage jobs in a safe environment, and provide social supports and educational opportunities for their members. Each of these successful business ventures has its own website and is owned and operated by the members themselves.
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