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.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 05:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    Hawk & Pony in Oakland, CA

    Workplace Democracy Happy Hour


    Calling Friends, Fans & Volunteers!

    Please join Sustainable Economies Law Center for an evening of drinks, snacks, and stories of cultivating community resilience on Thurs, March 28, at Hawk & Pony (just a short walk from MacArthur BART station)!

    Who'll be at this event?!

    1. SELC friends, fans, and volunteers,
    2. Members from our #WorkersRunOakland marathon squad, and
    3. Members of the Nonprofit Democracy Network, including staff from Sustainable Economies Law Center, Community Development Project, 350 Seattle, Reflex Design Collective, and more! 

    Meet our #WorkersRunOakland Marathon Team!

    This is a great opportunity to meet our Oakland Running Festival team in person and learn more about the Workers' Run Oakland campaign! Each of our runners has committed to running for economic democracy at the Oakland Running Festival taking place on March 24, Sunday. Come out and join us in cheers-ing our runners with a pre-race toast!

    Meet the Nonprofit Democracy Network!

    The Nonprofit Democracy Network is a community of practice and peer support network for organizations working to make their organizations - and the broader nonprofit sector - more liberatory and transformative. We want the nonprofit sector to be more effective at creating a just, joyful, and sustainable world. We want our organizations to be living examples of the equitable, caring, and effective communities that we know are possible. And we know that there is a rich field of experimentation and practice of democratic self-governance from which we can learn and which we can help grow by building and sharing with one another.

    See you there!

    Participants in the inaugural Nonprofit Democracy Network


  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 05:00 PM · $5.00 USD
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Intro to Employment Law for Worker Cooperatives

    Think Outside the Boss: Intro to Employment Law for Worker Cooperatives

    In collaboration with the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, we are providing regular teach-ins that go through our legal guide for starting and operating worker cooperatives, Think Outside the Boss

    We'll be presenting sections of Think Outside the Boss over multiple sessions over the next few months. Our second teach-in will cover:

    • How does employment law change the way worker coop members work together?

    • What does it mean for worker owners to have an employee?

    • In a worker cooperative, should members be treated as employees or owners?

    • What do worker owners need to know to protect themselves, other members, and marginalized communities?

    If you are an entrepreneur, an existing business owner thinking about succession planning, or an existing worker coop with worker-members or candidates looking to skill up (Principle 5!), this training is for you! >>> RSVP BELOW!

    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.

    Future teach-ins will cover:

    • What is a worker-owned cooperative business?

    • What are advantages of forming a cooperative business?

    • What are legal entities and what should you consider before forming one? 

    • How do you spread ownership and control across a group of people?

    • What are models of participatory management and democratic governance?

    • How do you raise money for a cooperative?

    • What are the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?

    • How do you convert to a worker cooperative? 

    At our Think Outside the Boss Teach-in Series in collaboration with NoBAWC, attorneys, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals will give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, financing, cooperative conversion, and more! We'll even have worker owners talk from their experience about why they chose to navigate the murky waters of the law the way they did. At our teach-ins, we'll have bound copies of the Think Outside the Boss manual for sale! You can also download it for free prior to the event here

    This event is being sponsored by the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives. All ticket sales are split with NoBAWC to support their work to provide education, resources, and training to their members.

    Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives

    The Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives is a grassroots organization of democratic workplaces dedicated to building workplace democracy in the Bay Area and beyond. All local worker-cooperatives are encouraged to become members, go to the website to get involved (

    No one will be turned away for lack of funds!

    If you are unable to pay for a ticket below or would like to pay in person at the teach-in, please email Ricardo at

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