Friday, October 4

8am - 9amRegistration
9am - 12pmPre-Conference: Coop 101 Workshop

The pre-conference offers time for people new to the cooperative movement and the language it uses up to get up to speed with folks already doing cooperative work or who are further along in the process. Modeled as a “Coop 101” training workshop, this pre-conference features presentations and open space breakouts facilitated by current cooperators (members of co-op businesses). Participants will learn about different co-op models and gain basic knowledge allowing them to fully engage with the CoopEcon 2013 conference.
11am - 3pmLunch, registration and settling in
3pm - 4:15pmWelcome, framing and introductions
4:15pm - 4:30pmBrief history of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives
4:30pm - 6pmOpening Plenary

This year’s opening plenary will include a Keynote Panel featuring Cornelius Blanding, Melbah Smith, and Wendell Paris. They will speak about the legacy of southern cooperative work, the role of FSC and the current challenges of building a new economy in the US South. This will be followed by small group discussions and additional questions to the panel.
6:30pm - 7:30pmSupper
7:30pm - 8:00pmReview of next day's activities

Sign up for open space time. Day one closing.

Saturday, October 5

7:45am - 8:45amBreakfast
9:00am - 9:30amDay Two Opening
9:30am - 10:30amPanel: Financing cooperatives

Moderated by Elandria Williams and featuring Margaret Lund, Melissa Hoover, Brendan Martin, Eunice Rogers, Tim Stallman, and others. This panel will discuss:
  • Applying for a Loan/Loan Readiness
  • Staging Financing
  • Credit Union Perspective
  • Creative Financing/Crowd Funding
10:30am - 10:45amBreak
10:45am - 12:15pmBreakout workshops on finance

Workshops include:
  • Applying for a Loan/Loan Readiness
  • Staging Financing
  • Credit Unions
  • Working World
  • Creative Financing/Crowd Funding
12:30pm - 1:30pmLunch
1:30pm - 4:45pmSpecialized Workshop Tracks

Track 1
This workshop is for people with little cooperative experience who are interested in starting a cooperative. It will focus on the basic steps needed to start a cooperative, from business idea to business plan. This workshop assumes basic knowledge of the cooperative model and will draw on the ideas and needs of the participants. There will be space for participants to share their thoughts and challenges and work on their respective projects.

Track 2
This workshop is for people in existing cooperatives who would like to strengthen and expand them. It will cover a range of topics such as conflict resolution and the growth, replication and networking of existing entities. This workshop will draw on the experiences of the participants and focus on sharing useful tools and best practices.
4:45pm - 5:00pmBreak
5:00pm - 6:30pmOpen Space Meetings

Using Open Space meeting technology, participants will engage in collaborative group discussion sessions on a variety of topics chosen and developed by those present at the conference. FSC staff will also offer a tour of their forestry project during this time.
6:30pm - 7:30pmSupper
7:30pm - 8:00pmReflection Time
8:00pm - 9:30pmSocial Time

Free time for participants to connect with each other. Did you meet some interesting folks from two states away? Find a relaxing spot and hatch some plans. Co-opoly Games will be available if folks feel like playing as well.

Sunday, October 6

7:45am - 8:45amBreakfast
9:00am - 9:15amDay Three Opening
9:15am - 10:00amSouthern Grassroots Economies Panel & Discussion

We’ll hear from SGEP leaders and engage in a broad discussion of the goals and plans for this Southeast regional effort.
  • Introduction
  • Panel
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Leveraging our Collective Power in the South for National Impact
  • Collaborative Relationship Building in the South
  • Financing/Funding the Movement
  • Labor/Union Connections
  • Large Group Question and Answer
10:00am - 11:15amOpen Space Meetings
11:15am - 11:30amBreak
11:30am - 12:30pmGroup Discussion: Where do we go from here?
12:30pm - 1:30pmClosing Lunch