STEVE BENSON 03 14 2015
A N N E X P R E S S 2015
03/13/2015 at Blue Hill Public Library Howard Room
#4 in an Alliance for Democracy series on cooperatives:
Jan Carpenter and Bonnie Preston and Leslie Cummins are running this series. Leslie introduces two speakers:
First, Jonah Fertig who was active on Arundal ME’s Neverdone Farm until 2 yrs ago speaks (see card for more ID)
His issue is, How can we expand and stabilize our food system?
He met today with the Blue Hill Co-op (BoD? GM?) . . .
He was active 15 yrs ago in anti-globalization activism in Se4attle and elsdewhere, then locally organizing in Portland, ME, seeking to determine and develop democratic structures for economic/trade/food organizations. 5 years ago he began Cooperative Permutation and allies with the Cooperative Development Institute – they have 3 programs now:
Business Ownership Solutions (e.g. work with the Stonington group)
New England Resident Program – helping residents of mobile parks to become landowners on a cooperative model
Traditional standard meaning of an economic cooperative model seen as forward-looking, to develop governance/economic and community practices and institutions that serve people, deriving fro their will, decision-making and initiative
Dicusses with slides heritage and history of economic models including Native American,