We’ve morphed into CoöperatePittsburgh

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The Cooperative Directory is done!

We’ve listed 21 cooperatives and collectives in the Pittsburgh area.

Come to the East End Food Coop Annual Meeting tonight for the official unveiling!

Or read it here.

Paper copies available at the Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore and Cafe.

Happy cooperating!

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When Workers Run Thier Factories & Own Their Banks: Implications and Report on Spain’s Mondragon Coops with Carl Davidson

Thursday, August 30th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
The Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore & Cafe
4812 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412.687.4323 – thebigideapgh.org

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Contribute to the Coop Directory!

As a part of our efforts to advocate on behalf of coops, we are compiling a ‘Coop Directory’ for the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Our goal is to create an accessible database that allows users to intentionally utilize coops to meet their needs. If you would like your organization to be listed in this directory please follow the link below to fill out the form.

Coop Directory Form

Thanks for your contribution!

(We’d also appreciate any suggestions of organizations that you think we might miss.)

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IYCPOC presents Co-operatives 101 Workshop

Join us on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00pm for this special event!

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FREE Webinar Sessions for Start up Food Co-operatives!

Check out this website to register for FREE Webinar sessions on various aspects of starting up a food co-operative. Sponsored by the Food Co-op Initiative. http://www.cdsconsulting.coop/startup-webinar

And don’t forget to pre-register for our own Discussion Club, that will meet Thursdays 7-9pm starting March 1st, to discuss chapters and essays from “A Discussion Course on Cooperatives.” This discussion series is possible thanks to donations from the East End Food Co-op. You may pre-register to reserve your book by emailing thebigidea+events@gmail.com.

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IYCPOC hosts a “Co-operatives 101” Workshop & Discussion Course–Free & Open to the Public!

Cooperatives 101 Workshop
by Caroline Savery, cooperative business development consultant with Keystone Development Center

Thursday, Feb. 23 @ 7–9 p.m.

Feeling glum about the recession? P.O.’ed at the impact corporate greed has had on your local economy? Frustrated by the job market? Wondering how you can apply your talents to meet the needs of yourself and your neighbors? Are you an entrepreneur who wants to improve your community? Are you curious about how co-ops work? Come learn all about cooperatives—what they are, how they work, and why they offer a promising alternative to “business as usual!”

Join us at The Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore on February 23 at 7 p.m. as Caroline Savery, cooperative business development consultant with Keystone Development Center, presents a Cooperatives 101 Workshop (worker-owned, housing, more). Free food provided!

Hosted by IYC POC (International Year of Cooperatives Pittsburgh Organizing Committee).

A Discussion Course on Cooperatives

Thursdays, March 1–April 19 @ 7–9 p.m.

This eight-week Discussion Course on Cooperatives is a group-education tool for people who would like to become familiar with cooperative economics, history, and philosophy. The Course is designed as a tool for Outreach to Co-op Members, to be used to facilitate greater participation in the Co-op community. The discussion format is centered around carefully selected readings made accessible through a concisely planned anthology. The short readings and lively interpersonal discussions make it the ideal learning environment for busy people who would like to maximize their educational experience. Free food will be provided

The class is limited to six participants, so please contact thebigidea+events@gmail.com to reserve your seat and course readings!


This series is hosted by IYC POC (International Year of Cooperatives Pittsburgh Organizing Committee) and sponsored in part by the East End Food Co-op.

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Happy New… International Year of Co-operatives!!!

The Pittsburgh Organizing Committee for the UN International Year of Co-operatives (aka the IYCPOC) welcomes you to the start of an exciting year for co-operatives! Our mission is to educate, advocate, and celebrate the co-operative business model throughout the Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania communities in 2012. We are a group of all volunteers from around Pittsburgh with a diversity of backgrounds, who are all passionate about how co-ops can help build not just a better world, but a better Pittsburgh.

Here are some of our goals and plans for 2012:

  • put together and teach a “Co-ops 101” workshops in communities, career centers, universities, existing co-ops, and through small business development centers across the Pittsburgh area, to educate about why co-operatives are a solid solution for community economic development and for creating a “local, living economy” in our region
  • serve as a gathering point for people who wish to start up co-operatives in the area, to find a network of the talent, tools, and support they might need
  • create a SWPA Co-op Directory to encourage consumers to “shop co-op” in our region
  • to have a gala style event celebrating SWPA’s co-ops toward the end of the year, involving guest speakers, food and libations, where folks can meet and greet representatives from all types of the region’s most successful co-ops
  • meanwhile, while all of the above is in development, update this website (iycpoc.wordpress.com) frequently, listing events for cool co-op related activities happening independently throughout Pittsburgh this year!  Subscribe to our RSS feed and you’ll be sure to keep up-to-speed on all the awesome things co-ops are up to this year.

IYCPOC already held an IYC Kick-off Mixer at the Big Idea Co-operative Bookstore on November 4, 2011, that was a fabulous success, bringing together over 40 members of the community to discuss co-ops, catalyzed by our awesome guest speaker, Ajowa Ifateyo.  From that event, the IYCPOC has expanded, doubling in member size!

Together, we are deeply committed to our mission, but we will not succeed unless we co-operate!  We invite you to join us in helping to reach our goals to educate, advocate and celebrate co-operatives in 2012.  Please click on the “About Us” tab above to get in contact.

Thanks, happy new year, and happy co-operating!

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IYC Kick-off Event has MOVED!

Our event location has MOVED to The Big Idea Co-operative Bookstore, 4812 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224.

Come on out on Friday, November 4th, 6-9pm, to enjoy discussion, networking, refreshments, and special guest speaker Ajowa Ifateyo, co-founder of the U.S. Federation of Worker Co-operatives, for a fun evening centered around how co-operative businesses and non-profits can help to build a local, living economy in Pittsburgh, PA and beyond.  This “Co-op Social” is designed to be a casual and fun networking event, open to individuals from established co-ops, start-up co-ops, and anyone who is interested in learning more about co-ops.

We still plan to have a gala-style event with sponsorship and tables for established Southwestern PA co-ops in late January, 2012 (date TBA).  Please come out on November 4th to find out how you can support a robust International Year of Co-operatives program for 2012 in the Pittsburgh region!

Thanks, and hope to see you next Friday!

For the full description of the event, click here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=258010540912173

And please check out our new and improved flyers!  Share widely!

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Facebook event + registering for a table

Hello everyone,

Please click here to check out our Facebook event, where you can RSVP and invite your friends! The event is open to the public.

We are accepting reservations for tables at the event from established co-operatives and start-up co-operatives.  Tables will allow you to educate attendees about your co-operative, while garnering new supporters and potential customers.  Tabling organizations are asked to donate an in-kind item to our raffle for that evening.  If you wish to discuss reserving a table, please contact Caroline Savery at (724) 313-6710 or info.iycpoc@mail.com by no later than Friday, October 28.

Hope to see you there!

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