The Slow Living Summit, May 30 – June 1, 2012 in Brattleboro, VT, will have a special focus on co-ops and their contribution to sustainability and the common good.
John Restakis, executive director of the British Columbia Co-operative Association and author of Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital, will speak during the opening plenary session and in a special workshop focused on the challenges and opportunities around growing the co-operative economy.
“With over 800 million members in 85 countries the co-operative movement is by far the most durable and most powerful grassroots movement in the world,” says Restakis. “In its own quiet way, the co-operative vision continues to thrive and hold the keys to the emergence of an economic model that is capable of remaking and humanizing the current capitalist system.”
In addition to Restakis, the Neighboring Food Co-op Association organized three workshops:
- Co-ops: Humanizing the Economy (featuring John Restakis)
- Co-ops: Building a Better World (panel presentation)
- Co-ops and Business Succession: Converting to Co-op and Why (panel presentation)