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  1. Immigrant Worker Owned Cooperatives: A User’s Manual

  2. Worker Empowerment Through Democratized Knowledge • History: El Centro Humanitario and Green Clean for Life, LLC • Why Worker Coops Fail: Coop Governance and Ownership Issues • The Immigrant Worker Cooperative Manual: An El Centro-UC Denver partnership

  3. El Centro Humanitario

  4. El Centro Humanitario: The Women’s Project Scales Up • 2009: Growing record of success of informal women’s empowerment project + economic desperation resulted in desire to “scale up” and found a professional, registered immigrant women’s cooperative cleaning business • U.S. Worker Owned Cooperatives: about 350 worker-owned coops at end of decade • Immigrant worker owned cooperatives in operation or in preparation: 40

  5. El Centro Humanitarionand Green Cleaning for Life, LLC

  6. El Centro Humanitario: Coop Incubator Organization • Incubator Organizations • New York’s Center for Family Life incubates Si Se Puede • California’s Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security—WAGES—incubates Green Cleaning Coops • El Centro Humanitario incubates Green Clean for Life, LLC

  7. WAGES vs. El Centro Workers Workers

  8. Governance and Ownership Challenges:How to Build Worker Ownership • Membership Structure (provisional members vs. permanent members vs. second-class members) • Board of Directors Structure (Homogenous Boards vs. Hybrid Boards) and tensions between Board and Worker Owners • The role of the coop manager vs. the role of coop members • Coop management structures (Centralized, professional management vs. elected executive committees vs. decentralized operations without management)

  9. The Immigrant Worker Coop Manual

  10. The Immigrant Worker Coop Manual University-Community Partnership: El Centro’s Founding, Organizational Development and Coop Growth

  11. Producing the Worker Coop Manual

  12. Community-University Partnerships:Issues • “Banking” model versus “Participatory/Dialogic” model of popular education • University Partnerships: Worth the Political Effort & Funding? • HUD’s Office of University Partnerships declining funding • COPC (“Community Outreach Partnership Centers”) defunded since 2005

  13. Community-University Partnerships:Issues • In the end, how much of our challenge is educational, versus raw access to capital and power • Series of University-Community Partnership Studies