Join us at CoopEcon 2013!

Registration is now closed.

The Southern Grassroots Economies Project is pleased to announce the opening of registration for CoopEcon 2013!

Register now to reserve your spot at this amazing event!

Southerners working on an equitable, just, new economy will gather in Epes, Alabama October 4-6, at the site of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Rural Training and Research Center.

Current and future cooperators doing the work of building and strengthening new community-based enterprises will continue to lay the foundations of an economy rooted in cooperation and democratic ownership. The economies we envision meet the needs of all, particularly African-Americans, Native Americans, immigrants, women, youth, low income whites, and formerly incarcerated people located in the historic US South, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The majority of conference attendees should come from these communities.

If you do not live in the US South and want to stay connected to the CoopEcon work, please fill out the contact form here.

This year’s event features:

  • Additional pre-conference for people new to the cooperative movement;
  • Keynote panel on the legacy and current challenges of Southern cooperative work;
  • Panels and workshops on cooperative financing;
  • Open Space meetings;
  • Strategizing for the next steps in the Southern Grassroots Economies Project;
  • Invaluable networking opportunities with cooperators and coop developers from across the Southeast!

Space at the conference is limited.

CoopEcon 2013 is the third gathering sponsored by the Southern Grassroots Economies Project (SGEP). SGEP is building networks across the US South to promote and launch sustainable cooperative economies. Our work is inspired by the rich history of social justice struggle in the South and looks to the example of the worker-owned cooperatives of Mondragon, Spain for guidance. SGEP is made up of individuals and organization across the US South, including: Cooperation Texas, Farmworker Association of Florida, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Fund for Democratic Communities, GEO/EDINA, Highlander Research & Education Center, and the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

The Rural Training & Research Center in Epes, Alabama is the hub of the Federation of Southern Cooperative’s (Federation) comprehensive outreach and training work. The Federation carries out comprehensive forestry and agricultural production research at this facility. The Center hosts training workshops on cooperative development throughout the year. In 2012 the Center hosted the first annual CoopEcon conference, giving participants access to the Federation’s deep and meaningful history. We are excited to once again gather in Epes at this amazing cooperative development facility!

Registering

If you are interested in attending and are from the geographical area and core constituency the conference is geared towards, please use the Eventbrite ticket form below to register. You may either pay by credit card or pay offline via check.

After selecting the proper ticket (or ticket combinations),

Paying by Credit Card

  1. Select the proper ticket, or combination of tickets.
  2. Click the big green “Register” button to the right of the credit card logos.
  3. A new window will open with the registration form used to collect some basic information from you. You have 2 full hours to complete this form (Don’t worry, it’s fairly short! We wanted to give everyone plenty of time!)
  4. After submitting the form and payment you will receive an email with your registration information and an attached PDF “ticket.”
  5. Pack your bags, we’ll see you in Epes!

Paying by check

  1. Select the proper ticket, or combination of tickets.
  2. Under the credit card logos and the big green “Register” button, there is a link that says “Show other payment options.” Clicking that reveals a grey button labeled “Pay Offline.” Click that button!
  3. A new window will open with the registration form used to collect some basic information from you. You have 2 full hours to complete this form (Don’t worry, it’s fairly short! We wanted to give everyone plenty of time!)
  4. After submitting the form and payment you will receive an email with your registration information and an attached PDF “ticket.”
  5. Pack your bags, we’ll see you in Epes!