Worker/Owner Coops: Doing Better Than Capitalism

Host/Sponsor: 
Democracy At Work New York
Room: 
L.76
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 1: 10:00am - 11:50am
Abstract: 
More than 60 Worker/Owner businesses across New York City and hundreds across the United States; Are they Utopian Proletarian Experiments or the building blocks for a new Economy that can do better than Capitalism. This workshop, featuring Economist Richard Wolff, Worker/Owner Cooperative Leaders and Representatives from the Community that has grown to incubate and support them, will explore these critical questions for a growing movement towards real change in the United States.
Panel Track: 
Worker/Owner Coops
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Alan
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Schulman
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Veteran Public School's Educator and Activist; Program Coordinator, Democracy At Work New York
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Richard D.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Wolff
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Democracy At Work
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Author, Lecturer. Professor Wolff's criticism of Capitalism, Economic Update, is carried by more than 80 radio stations around the country. Wolff is Chief Economist for Democracy At Work.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Pablo
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Benson-Silva
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Director of Membership and Communications at the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNOWC).
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Director of Membership and Communications at the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNOWC). After Hurricane Sandy, Benson-Silva was a hub coordinator for the mutual aid network called Occupy Sandy. Pablo currently works with Worker Cooperatives in the Rockaways (W.O.R.C's) and is a worker/owner at Movement Netlab.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Rebecca
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Lurie
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
CUNY, Murphy Institute for Labor and Urban studies
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Rebecca works for CUNY at the Murphy Institute for Labor and Urban studies. Lurie began her working career as a union carpenter and transitioned into worker education. She serves on the Board of the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative and is President to the Board of the Ethical Culture Society. Rebecca recently launched the Community and Worker Ownership Project at Murphy where she is exploring the cooperative business model as a tool for social change
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Sean
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Abbot Klafter
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Social Studies Teacher, NYC Department of Education
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Social Studies Teacher, NYC Department of Education. Sean helped found SYLLABLE, a student owned silk screen printing cooperative, now located at the Point in the Bronx, while working in the Stevenson Campus.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Alan
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Schulman
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Veteran Public School's Educator and Activist; Program Coordinator, Democracy At Work New York

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