Cooperative Events

Co-op_logo_1_copy.pngBelow, find all the events related to SELC's Cooperatives program, as well as the Teach-ins, workshops, and gatherings that SELC and others offer to build a cooperative economy. You can also view all of our events, including workshops, trainings, Happy Hours, and more on SELC's events page.

Alternatively, view all of SELC's events in a Google calendar here.

  • Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 09:00 AM · $25.00 USD
    Village Connect in San Leandro, CA

    Think Outside the Boss: San Leandro

    Why didn't we think of it sooner? Cooperatives!

    Think Outside the Boss

    Think Outside the Boss provides community members an introduction into the nuts and bolts of starting and running a cooperatively owned business. We go over legal issues in an accessible way to help you understand the relationships between cooperatives, employment, and community wealth-building. If you are an entrepreneur starting a business, an existing business owner thinking about succession plans, or an existing worker coop looking for a refresher, this training is for you! 

    Food and drinks provided!

    Think Outside the Boss Manual!

    Attorneys, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals will give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, financing, cooperative conversion, and more -- including resources and information on:

      • What is a worker-owned business?
      • What are advantages of forming a cooperative business?
      • How do you spread ownership and control across a group of people?
      • What are the steps and tax benefits for selling your business to your employees?
      • How do you raise money for a cooperative?
      • What are the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?
      • How does employment laws effect worker coops?

    Download Think Outside the Boss for free prior to the event here.

    The event will include breakout groups where you can dive deeper into cooperative conversions, speak with worker members, speak with cooperative attorneys, and more! 

    We would like to thank Village-Connect for sponsoring this workshop! We are excited to partner with Village connect to build the capacity of people to become more self-aware and self-directed, resulting in sustainable, positive transformation. Village connect has been in existence for over 20 years, instilling core values of communication, respect, love, and trust.

    REPAIRED NATIONS creates redress for historic trends of colonization and oppression through cooperative training and development for collective ownership. Initially, REPAIRED NATIONS focuses on building wealth in Black communities by giving youth the tools needed to remain rooted: access to land and access to capital. Bookclubs, Workshops, and Trainings will educate and inspire communities to engage in cooperative effort, while giving grounded, practical skills for collective ownership.

    Repaired Nations works to awaken the cooperative power of black communities.

    Please help us spread the wordCo-presented with the Repaired Nations and Village-Connect!

    We are looking for volunteers to support this workshop. If you are interested in attending and would like to volunteer, please email!

    No one turned away for lack of funds!


  • Friday, October 11, 2019 at 09:00 AM through October 14, 2019
    University of Ghana, Legon in Accra, Ghana

    Year of Return Exchange Trip: Ghana Conference

    Repaired Nations is excited to be coordinating a Year of Return Cooperatives Conference in Ghana happening in October 2019. If you would like to learn more about the Year of Return Cooperatives Conference in Ghana, and possibly attend the conference yourself, please continue reading below!

    If you would like to donate to support this vital conference, please make your tax-deductible contribution here!

    Repaired Nations

    (1) Forging Cooperative Connections between Ghana and the US.

    We are organizing a cultural exchange trip that is primarily focused on creating pathways for African Americans to reinvest in Ghana regeneratively, without perpetuating the problems of capitalism. Our cultural exchange invites East African, West African, and U.S. cooperatives to begin dialogue for a co-created equitable development policy for Ghanaian economic development, and beyond. Dialogue is the key to our trip, for only through dialogue can two distanced peoples begin to find synergies between themselves, and only through dialogue can new arrivals to Ghana know what Ghanaians want for Ghana and how to help steward this vision. In partnership with the Ghana Cooperatives Council, we will host a conference in Accra at the National History Museum where attendees will share knowledge and experience while co-creating  equitable development policy.

    Dialogue is the key to our trip; it is only through dialogue that two distanced peoples with shared roots can begin to find synergies between themselves, and only through dialogue can new arrivals to Africa know what Africans want for Africa and how to help steward their visions. Co-created equitable development policy can only be built upon discussion, exchange of ideas, and information. This conference will begin, re-establish, and strengthen economic relationships throughout the African Diaspora.

    Please email greg(at) to reserve space on the trip, then make your deposit here.

    (2) Equitable Cooperative Development Policy

    The growing American cohort is a group of cooperative-minded people seeking to learn how Ghanaians in particular, and Africans in general, structure their collective efforts, to offer our experience and expertise to local projects, and to engage critical conversation regarding international cooperative exchange of resources. Attendees will form relationships that bloom into

    1. Cultural content,
    2. Import/export agreements,
    3. Thought partnership, and
    4. Community-owned real estate development uniquely structured to prevent displacement.

    As global pressures from capital begin to move more and more Black residents from their homes, repatriating back to West Africa begins to make sense for the financial realities of many displaced people. We seek to build bridges now, and begin dialogue with Ghanaians to understand how capital pressures affect their lives and how an influx of cooperative effort from African Americans can increase their capacity to develop and co-own their own neighborhoods, instead of allowing outside capitalists to determine how neighborhoods are developed based solely on property ownership.

    Repaired Nations and Collective Courage

    (3) Coast to Culture Podcast

    Our podcast, Coast to Culture, will document how cultural exchange attendees are approaching the Year of Return. Each person will give regular updates on how planning for the trip, and participating in the Year of Return has affected them emotionally, financially, interpersonally, and spiritually. Exchange organizers will share knowledge and revelations  from their experience developing the exchange trip. Upon return to the Motherland, Coast to Culture hosts will interview experts in culture, law, business, and cooperative enterprises to help ground the audience in African cooperative business opportunities and how to prepare for international business between the U.S. and West Africa. We will forefront how welcoming Ghanaians are to cooperative business and how well African-Americans are received during the Year of Return.  All of our podcast segments seek to spark engagement with cooperatives about Ghana's open door policy for the African Diaspora.

    Repaired Nations

    Please email greg(at) to reserve space on the trip, then make your deposit here.


    Tentative Ghana Cooperative Exchange Itinerary

    October 11 - Arrival Flight

    October 12 - Dinner & Artist Exchange

    October 13 - Slave Castle Tour 

    October 14 - Un-Conference

    October 15 - Collective Decision by Attendees

    October 16 - Collective Decision by Attendees

    October 17 - Collective Decision by Attendees

    October 18 - Closing Exchange Reception

    October 19 - Departure Flight

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