Educating in Diverse Ways with Common Standards for Cooperative Management


Education for all those involved in cooperative enterprises happens in many different environments. From on-the-job training to workforce development to the university and everything in between. We want cooperative owners to be smart and effective at all they aim to do. While our economy is changing so fast, lifelong learning will forever be a truism for managing change in our cooperatives and the world of work. This interactive workshop will feature a range of educators describing what they deliver and how. We will explore the common standards and values we promote through each venue. We will reference principles of adult education and professional development for how they apply in our learning environments using both face-to-face instruction and web-based styles. We will reveal what lessons are being put forth at the university level, in business schools as part of executive training, and in communities where styles of popular education are used for workforce education and through joint labor-management initiatives. We will aim to solicit from one another what works when attempting to reach a diverse workforce, what can be enhanced and what there is to share, replicate and expound. Participants should leave with a sense of the possibility for the different points of access for worker-owner education with some clear, common and declared standards we can all uphold and celebrate.

Moderator: Rebecca Lurie, Community and Worker Ownership Project Coordinator, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Panelist: Rebecca Bauen, Program Director, Democracy at Work Institute

Panelist: Félix E. Gardón, The Training Collective, NYCNoWC and Caracol Language Co-op

Panelist: Omar Freilla, Founder, Green Worker Cooperatives

Panelist: Neil Gladstein, Former Director of Strategic Resources, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers

Panelist: Erin Hancock, Program Manager, International Centre for Co-operative Management, Saint Mary’s University

Panelist: Stacey Sutton, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, the University of Illinois at Chicago

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