Worker Owned Cooperatives People Skills
REAP is announcing availability of an exciting new series of training offerings just right for a new cooperative just forming or for an adjustment to a current situation in an existing worker owned cooperative. Just imagine having many of the group's enduring or urgent questions answered and problems brought to a halt. The training is offered now as classroom or web based video conferencing, plus a new e-book to be published soon!
Many of these topics are ones people have encountered in cooperative businesses, but really didn't have anyone to turn to except other really busy cooperatives. Now you can set a goal of turning the corner on sticky situations where people didn't know how to handle a tough problem or foresee one coming. Just picture a peaceful discussion among trusted allies inside a cooperative and also with suppliers and the community at large.
In the month of April, REAP was able to go visit and present its vision for eliminating food deserts to two very distinct groups of people. On April 6th and 7th, 2017, Carol was invited by the Navajo Nation’s Diné College for a Food Sovereignty Summit. While there, Carol was able to talk with some of the very people which may be impacted by the current REAP project at Tolani Lake Enterprises.
REAP is working hard on a number of issues related to food justice and economic justice for marginalized populations. First and foremost, REAP champions those in stressful situations who are in need of reentering the world of work, and therefore, dignity.
Insisting on tackling heavy duty issues related to the dignity of work, REAP presented ideas about worker owned cooperatives to the Arizona legislature in 2015. This resulted in passage of a bill and was signed into action in March of 2016. Worker owned cooperatives are owned and self-managed by their workers.