Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Workers Cooperatives: Possibilities and Limitations; Saturday September 19, 2009

Workers Cooperatives: Possibilities and Limitations

Saturday September 19, 2009; 2pm-4pm

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto; Room 8-280

J.J. McMurtry, York University, Editor of Living Economics: Canadian Perspectives on the Social Economy, Co-operatives, and Community Economic Development

Wesley Morgan, McMaster University / Abiwin Housing Co-operative

Simone Schmidt, Punchclock Artists Workers Cooperative

Sponsored by Common Cause, Pan-African Solidarity Network (U of T), Toronto Anarchist Discussion Group

J.J. McMurtry holds a doctorate in Social and Political Thought from York University. His research focuses on linking contemporary social, political and economic theory with the practice of co-operatives and the social economy using a life-theory perspective. He has also been active in a number of movements and organizations for over two decades including co-operative businesses, a research firm, unions at the local and national level, as well as various community and volunteer organizations.

Wesley Morgan is currently on parental leave from a dissertation looking at collectivization and self-management in the Barcelona area during the Spanish Civil War/ Revolution, focusing on the food and textile industries. Wesley is also currently a board member of the Abiwin Housing Co-operative in Ottawa.

Simone Schmidt is a member/owner of Punchclock - Punchclock is a trans-disciplinary democratic organization of cultural workers, political activists and trades people operating out of and around two hives functioning as collective metal and screen printing studios. Our mandates are economic sustainability and artistic direct action.

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