The Western Worker Cooperative Convenings are biennial, regional events that foster skill-building and organizing among worker co-ops in the Western United States. The 2019 Olympia WWCC was presented in partnership with the Northwest Cooperative Development Center.

Western Worker Cooperative Convening: Olympia, WA
May 18th, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The Olympia Center
222 Columbia St. NW
Olympia WA, 98501

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We were thrilled to host nearly 60 attendees at the first Western Worker Cooperative Convening in Olympia; here's a few moments from our day together:

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration & Coffee
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Facilitate for Freedom: Anti-oppressive facilitation skills
Democratic Management
Demystifying the Numbers: Financial literacy for everyday co-op members
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch (Provided)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM What We Talk About When We Talk About Budgets & Plans
Intelligent Designs: Tips to Create Dynamic Meeting Agendas
Building the Team You Want
Bringing 'em In: Recruiting Someone to Co-own Your Co-op
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Put your Worker Co-op on the Map: How to Market Your Business
Tape it to the wall: the story of cheap office supplies, transparency, and shared power.
More than a Business Transaction: Practical Tips for Builder Better Communication
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Community Happy Hour, Fish Tale Brew Pub, 515 Jefferson St SE



Dan Ashe, Challenge Applications LLC

Deborah Craig, Northwest Cooperative Development Center

Esteban Kelly, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

JoAnne Snead, Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe

Joe Marrafino, Democracy at Work Institute

John McNamara, Northwest Cooperative Development Center

Laura Smoot, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Michael Snow, Business Services Co-op

Mo Manklang, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Nora Edge, Capital Homecare Cooperative

Peter Spencer-McElhatton, Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance


Transportation: Olympia is accessible by airport (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 54 miles away), train (Amtrak), bus, and car (at the junction of the I-5 and 101). You are welcome to use the parking lot at the Olympia Center, if space is available, though there is metered parking nearby downtown and there are many ways to get around Olympia.

Housing: We are not organizing housing for the convening, however there are many nearby hotel options.

Food: Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Childcare: Registration for childcare is closed. If you did not request childcare by May 15th, we cannot guarantee you childcare at the event. Please email if you have any questions. Thank you.

Interpretation: English/Spanish interpretation will be provided throughout the day for one workshop session at a time- as well as during lunch, and. Email email with questions.

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