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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Share these flyers widely!

We’ve got TWO flyers now, inviting you to this special event… please choose whichever one you like and share it with your community!

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International Year of Cooperatives Pittsburgh/SWPA Kick-Off Party – November 4, 2011 at the Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University!

We are pleased to officially announce that our celebration event to kick off 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives is becoming a reality!

Our event will be held on Friday, November 4 from 6-9pm at the Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University!


This event will be a celebratory gathering of the Southwestern PA region’s co-operatives and their supporters, to meet and greet, network, and chat.  There will be a special guest speaker (TBA) and food, fun raffles, and great conversations!  Attendees will range from organizers of long-standing co-operatives to folks interested in starting up co-operatives, to folks from around Pittsburgh who are generally interested in supporting a co-operative economy at the local level.  Attendance is $5-$10 sliding scale.  All are welcome!

This event is happening thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers.  Please visit our “Our Partners” link above to view a list of our current sponsors.

We have only a few weeks left to organize this event!  We still need sponsors, volunteers, and co-operatives to donate raffle items for the event.  Please contact us at (724) 318-5348 or info.iycpoc@mail.com if you can assist.

We will provide more information soon about how your cooperative can RSVP for a table at the event… stay tuned!  Meanwhile, please share this flyer with your community!

Thank you for your interest!  We look forward to seeing you at this special event.


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November 4, 2011 – Save the Date!

Hello all,

We are looking at Friday November 4, 2011 in the evening for our IYC Kickoff Co-op Celebration event!

Please save the date!  More details are forthcoming…

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