Are you curious about cooperatives? More specifically, how do they grow from the grassroots, contribute to the well-being of their community and become financially viable? There’s more to it than you think!
Join Thrive this Friday, June 24 for an in-depth look into cooperatives and learn how they embed sustainability into their business models. Four local leaders in the cooperative movement will join a panel discussion to look at sustainability using a broader lens, considering environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
The panel, moderated by Sarah Arthurs, founder of NewScoop, will include:
- Peter Driftmier of the Calgary Grain Exchange
- Peter Fenwick of the Airdrie & Area Health Benefits Co-operative
- Seth Leon – Founding team member with the Alberta Solar Coop
- Lindsay Luhnau – Chair of the Aging in Place Coop
I spoke to Sarah Arthurs about the event and asked why she thinks cooperatives and sustainability are so closely linked. “The fact they have a dual focus helps them be sustainable. They have a social focus, they came into existence from a social need. They’re not just beholden to a profit agenda,” she explained, “they’re not beholden to stakeholders and shareholders from somewhere else. Their vested interest is built into the community they exist in.”
If you’d like to learn more from Sarah Arthurs and the panel, access great resources, and meet others Calgarians interested in creating sustainable communities, join us on June 24th!
Directions and Information
June 24, 2016 from 7:30 – 8:00am
- Networking and Breakfast 7:30 – 8:00am
- Panel Discussion 8:00am – 9:00am
- By transit – Take the Blue Line to the Franklin LRT station. Momentum is located 2 blocks from the C-Train line.
- By bike – Momentums is just off the Bow River Pathway. There are bike racks available in the front of the building.
Get your tickets now! Entry is $10/person. Calgary Dollars are accepted.*
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Learn more about cooperatives in Calgary and Alberta and find fantastic resources at the Alberta Community & Cooperative Association website.
*Limited number of spaces held for individuals paying by Calgary Dollars