The Big Food Question
How Do You Start A Worker Cooperative?
Worker cooperatives are worker owned and democratically controlled businesses. They have been shown to lower pay disparities and demonstrate resilience in the face of crisis. But how do they run on a day-to-day basis? How can you start one or transform an existing business into a cooperative model? What potential do cooperatives have for strengthening our economy and our food system?
This episode addresses these questions and more. Commissioner Jonnel Doris of New York City’s Department of Small Business Services provides essential tips and resources for any New Yorkers interested in starting a cooperative. Steph Wiley and Karna Ray, worker-owners at the Black-led food distribution cooperative Brooklyn Packers, share their experience operating under this model as well as their vision for a more equitable food system.
Learn more about becoming a worker cooperative and get resources at owner2owners.nyc or call (646)363-6592.
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This episode was produced in partnership with our friends at TD Bank.
This project is funded in part by a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act.
This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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