What Is the Co-op 5k?
The Co-op 5K serves as a major fundraiser for the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). CDF is a non-profit foundation with a national and international focus on community, economic, and social development through co-op enterprise (www.cdf.coop). Monies raised through the event go to support cooperative causes world-wide.
Packet Pick-up will be on race day starting at 7:00 am. You will get your t-shirt and race bib then.
Prizes are given for the fastest male and female in each age bracket.Trophies are given for the Fastest Team, Most Team Spirit, and Highest Fundraisers! Prizes for the Co-op 5k are awesome, from REI Co-op Backpacks, to Co-op Swag baskets!
The Cooperative Economy: Grow, Participate, Connect
The cooperative movement is at a crossroads. With American economic growth largely concentrated in a small number of highly populated urban areas, swaths of the country continue to feel disconnected from their economy and unsure about the future. Cooperators know that ownership is the path to an inclusive economy that works for everyone.
At IMPACT 2018, we’ll embrace this cooperative moment. We'll elevate and expand an environment in which people have a greater say in their futures and more equitable access to sustainable jobs and opportunities. Join us in October to explore new ways co-ops can spur even greater economic growth and participation!
An interactive 1-day professional development opportunity focused on finance and capital in the co-operative context. Financial management and capital structures are critical to the viability of any enterprise. For co-operatives, operating in a capital driven market economy, the questions of where the finance comes from and what it is used for, are even more compelling. If you believe that co-operative finance needs to be aligned with co-operatives values, principles and purpose, we encourage you to take this highly participatory course.
The course stays relatively high level and is structured so as to be interesting to technical and non-technical professionals in the co-operative sector (e.g. executives, managers, board members, consultants).
This course is not a technical finance course. Instead, it gives participants specific tools, allows for debate around different options under the banner of co-op finance, and challenges participants to consider what they do now in their co-operatives and whether they should think about doing things differently. From patronage to member capital, we provide context, pull in examples and outside speakers, and ask you to apply learnings to your co-operative during the course.
These questions will drive the learning in this course:
What is co-operative finance anyway? Structures and sources.
How and why is it different from finance for other types of organizations?
What is co-operative finance used for? Such as operations, patronage, impact investments, etc.
How we can learn from examples of best practice and failure? How to spot pitfalls and ways to avoid them.
What can we put into practice in our own co-operatives to make them stronger?
Why co-op capital is a hot topic on the international co-operative stage.
Co-op finance against the Co-operative Identity (values and principles). Where is finance different because of our model? Opportunities and pitfalls to avoid.
Internal member capital: Shares (membership, preferred), member debt (loans), reserves (including indivisible reserves), grants.
External financing: co-op funds (co-op-to-co-op; movement wide; and individual options for investment in co-ops); debt (avoiding too much but not being too wary); stock (non-voting – tradeable, non-tradeable, investor members); grants.
Member co-operative financial literacy. Is this a problem? How can this be addressed?
What co-operative finance is used for: Co-operative operating “investment” (expenses) – focused on internalization of externalities (people, community, environment); generating patronage – a more holistic conversation on patronage (purpose and approaches); impact investing (including co-op investment in co-ops and impact funds more generally).
Dates and Locations:
October 2, 2018 (Washington, DC) - NCBA CLUSA office: 1775 Eye Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20006
This course will happen just before the IMPACT Conference hosted by NCBA CLUSA.
Join us this Thursday for our next open mic. We'll be hosting it before Bhakti Yoga's world-famous FREE vegetarian meals - so come on by to meet some awesome people then get a free dinner afterwards!
Individual or group performances of all types welcome - you can bring your instruments or use our mic, acoustic guitar, amp, and piano.
*** All performers will receive a 15% discount coupon to the co-op! This event is free and open to the public.
Where: Maryland Food Collective, located in the Stamp Basement
When: This Thursday 9/13 at 5pm
Who: You and your closest comrades. We are a safe space for people of all identities and abilities. Your presence is valued!
Have you ever bought a new shampoo to try, and then you hated it? Or your skin won't let you use certain makeup products anymore? Ever wanted to expand your personal care regime at low cost?
Well look no further! The Co-op wants you to clear out your cabinets and makeup bags as you move back to College Park! Any unused or still hygienically usable bodycare products are welcome and will serve as entry to the swap. (If you have no products to contribute, just drop a dollar into our tip jar and take as much as you like!)
See you on Friday!
Every worker-owner knows that how you make decisions together has a big impact on your cooperative culture! Join BRED for a workshop designed to share strategies and systems for making decisions together. Useful for new worker-owners and experienced ones!
Curious about starting a cooperative business? Interested in finding out what kind of resources and support for co-ops is being built in Baltimore City? Just want to hang out and geek out about building democratic workplaces? Then swing by this cooperative happy hour, organized by the Baltimore Roundtable for Economic Democracy, and hosted by the worker owners at BBW!