[HCCN] PRINCIPLE SIX: The Cooperative Future of Food in Maine--Augusta, 2/15

Larry Dansinger rosc at psouth.net
Mon Jan 27 13:22:57 EST 2014


Please pass on to others in your group or area. Thanks.

If you are involved in a food cooperative (pre-order or storefront)  
and want to make the co-op more effective, efficient, effortless,  
effusive, etc. this will help. ALL details below.

> From: Paul Sheridan <sheridanpa at earthlink.net>
>
>
> Cooperators: apologies for duplicates!
>
> Time is getting short to register and send in your fee for what is  
> developing to be a very interesting event---There are still spaces  
> available.
>
> “Principle Six: The Cooperative Future of Food in Maine”
> A meeting for and by Food Co-ops and buying clubs
>
> Saturday, February. 15 (snow date 22nd) 9 AM-4 PM
> Mediation & Facilitation Resources, 11 King St., Augusta <http://mediateresources.com/great-room/ 
> >
>
> This is a reminder to please plan to register ASAP for this  
> conference, that is sure to be of value to committed co-op members,  
> board members, managers and all friends of cooperatives.
> (full details below)
>
> What we do need from you now is some idea of the numbers of people  
> that will be attending from your co-op / buying club / in-transition  
> org.
>
> We are also simultaneously developing our list of presenters and  
> would like to be able to inform them of amount of material they will  
> bring, and also inform the much-loved Maine worker cooperative cafe  
> and caterer, Local Sprouts, how many and what type (meat or dairy  
> veg) lunches to prepare.
>
> Can you help us out and pass on that information to us quickly?
>
> As you may know, Co-op Maine operates on the smallest of budgets, so  
> the amount we are asking for registration are not money-makers,  
> simply designed to cover the costs.        We believe you will find  
> the day worth the time and the cost.  Your co-op will learn things  
> and you will help the smaller, newer co-ops learn some things too.
>
> We chose "PRINCIPLE SIX" as the title to refer to the sixth of the  
> International Cooperative Principles, that actually require all co- 
> ops to help each other.
>
> So, now is the time.  Do your part.  Please get back to us with your  
> details.
>
> Payments can be sent to: Co-op Maine c/o 88 Hart RD, Northport, ME  
> 04849...see sliding scale below.
>
> Please review the proposed schedule below.
>
> Call or e-mail either / both of us organizers for more info, or if  
> you have questions,
> Thanks, and in cooperation....
>            Paul Sheridan          338-0350         sheridanpa at earthlink.net
> and
>            Betsy Garrold         568-3302         hgarrold at yahoo.com
>
> for COOPERATIVE MAINE
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> “Principle Six: The Cooperative Future of Food in Maine”
> A meeting for and by Food Co-ops and buying clubs
> Saturday, February 15 (snow date 22nd) 9 AM-4 PM
> at Mediation & Facilitation Resources, 11 King St. inAugusta <http://mediateresources.com/great-room/ 
> >
> approx. 12-25 attendees, we are seeking to cover costs, sliding  
> $35-50 fee
> Have more than one attendee from the same organization?
> First = $35-50, second = $30-45, third and more = $25-40 each.
> Lunch catered by Local Sprouts, with potluck snacks/desserts from  
> the co-ops
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Schedule:
> 8 – 8:30                    Set up, coffee prep
> 8:30 AM                    Arrive: coffee, tea, sign-in, get settled  
> in for a prompt start at...
> 9:00 AM                    Introductions from all present: your  
> name, organization, role(s)
> 9:30 -10:30                    Concurrent Workshops in two areas:  
> workshop A, and workshop B
> 10:30 – 11:30            Concurrent Workshops in two areas: workshop  
> B, and workshop A
> 				(so that all can attend both workshops)
> 11:30 – 1 PM             Networking Lunch--(in)formal mixing,
> 				work at meeting up with others you may not already know,
>                                   re-introduce yourself, find out  
> who knows what you need to know…
> 1 PM – 2:30            Keynote interactive dialogue,
> 				led by Jane Livingston, WORC, and Co-op Maine with Q & A
> 2:30 – 3:30            Workshop or workshops,
> 				where you would NOT get to both afternoon workshops
> 3:30 – 4 PM             group wrap-up, evaluation, do this again?,  
> how soon?
> 				follow-ups promised, & needed
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Workshop topics: (possible / tentative)
> 	• Finance issues
> 	• Financing new co-ops and expansions in existing ones
> 	• Conversions to employee-owned cooperatives
> 	• The Triple Bottom Line, unique to co-ops: business, environment,  
> community
> 	• “Navigating personalities, effective communication, identifying  
> strengths and motivators.  Reducing hierarchical organizational  
> tendencies, transformational leadership, dealing with conflict,  
> multiculturalism issues, group dynamics”
> 	• Distribution of goods
> 	• Worker co-ops--taking cooperative development to scale through  
> conversion of independent grocery stores, convenience stores,  
> restaurants, etc. as an economic and community development strategy  
> for Maine.
> 	• Organic certification
> 	• Board of Directors assistance & support –Policy Governance
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> “Please forward freely to any Maine food buying club
>                    or co-op in formation that you know about—
>                    they may find this info very useful—Thanks”
>

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