Reflections from the Worker Cooperative National Conference

Over the weekend, three of Round Sky Solutions’ staff attended the Worker Cooperative National Conference in Austin, co-produced by a US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and Democracy at Work Institute. We learned so much about cooperatives, about the economic, racial and social justice movement, about ourselves, and about each other.

One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote speakers – creative, driven, and inspired folks who have come from all different walks of life to collaborate with us all in the cooperative movement. Jose Antonio Vargas, one of the keynotes, is the founder of Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration in America. Another keynote speaker, Doug Rushkoff is an author, teacher and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other’s values. These were rich conversations that delved into the depth of some of the struggles around power and influence in the economy, and how we can work together to change the standing paradigms.

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