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.

About iycpoc

International Year of Co-operatives Pittsburgh Organizing Committee (IYC POC) is a group of individuals from local co-ops committed to uniting cooperatives in the Pittsburgh area in celebration of the United Nations–declared "International Year of Cooperatives" in 2012, and beyond. Our kick-off celebration event will be held in the fall of 2011. In 2012, IYC POC aims to create an informational directory of local co-ops for public reference. Throughout the year, we will advocate the co-op model and raise awareness about worker, consumer, and housing co-ops through informational releases as well as events such as the co-op show-off and how-to workshops. To learn more or to get involved, e-mail info.iycpoc [at] mail.com
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