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Event Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2011 - 6:00pm - Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 5:30pm
Event Location: 
All Pilgrims Christian Church
500 Broadway E
United States

SLICE 2011: Invigorating the Cooperative Economy
Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22
All Pilgrims Christian Church, 500 Broadway East

Invigorating the Cooperative Economy – that is the aim of the 3rd annual Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere (SLICE) conference, a 2-day summit designed to bring Pacific Northwest cooperators, developers, activists, social innovators, policy makers, and the economic development community together to forge practical new strategies for nourishing a new Cooperative Movement which, at its heart, explicitly includes a commitment to social and environmental justice as well as sustainable cooperative development.

Underwritten by Central Co-op and Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union (SMCU), and sponsored by Equal Exchange, PCC Natural Markets, and Full Sail Brewing Co., SLICE bookends a noteworthy week of regional cooperative activity that begins with Co-opalooza: A Celebration of Community and Co-ops, Sunday, October 16 at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion (smcu.com/home/coop).

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, throwing light on the global power of the cooperative model to uphold democratic, culturally relevant community enterprise. There is no riper time for people new to cooperatives and those steeped in their rich history to share space and cultivate initiatives.

Friday, October 21, attendees will join regional and national changemakers for a jovial evening of networking at the SLICE social. Rousing keynote speaker Eric Bowman of the Northwest Cooperative Development Center will speak about how the Great Recession provides an amazing opportunity for new co-op business development, and all will share in locally and cooperatively sourced food and drink. Participants will connect with colleagues and strangers, and get excited about our collective strength and ingenuity in preparation for a day of discussion and action.

Saturday, October 22, conference goers will enjoy compelling creative conversation related to the current regional cooperative climate and opportunities for growing the Cooperative Movement in more transparent and accountable ways. Keynote speaker Margaret Lund, former executive director of Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund and one of the nation’s foremost experts in multi-stakeholder co-ops – also known as solidarity co-ops – will speak to how to build a cooperative economy. As well, significant time will be allotted to professionally facilitated, participant-driven programming during which people of all stripes will meet in self-organized working groups to create projects, partnerships, and solutions intended to invigorate our cooperative economy. A complimentary locally sourced, cooperatively produced lunch will be provided.

Find more information and sliding scale tickets at www.slice.coop, or telephone 206.957.5564.

Media Inquiries
Caple Melton
Telephone: 206.957.5564
Fax: 206.329.9957
[email protected]

SLICE: Strengthening Local Independent Co-ops Everywhere is dedicated to sustainable regional cooperative development and social and environmental justice.


All Pilgrims Christian Church
500 Broadway E
United States
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