People are hungry to build community, invest in their values, and create a more equitable society. This workshop will discuss two efforts underway for people to invest in things that matter. Learn how Cooperative Principal is growing a nationwide movement that enables ordinary people to pool their resources to invest in and grow the cooperative economy, and hear what it took to launch a Slow Money network in Minnesota and how resources are now flowing to sustainable farms and food businesses as a result.
Joe Riemann is an Associate Director at Shared Capital Cooperative, a loan fund for cooperative businesses throughout the US. He is also the Treasurer of Seward Community Cooperative, as well as a co-founder of Cooperative Principal. Joe was previously the Finance Director for Land Stewardship Project and has many work experiences in the local foods and fair trade movements. He was also a worker-owner at Equal Exchange, where he helped develop their fair-trade banana program. Through these experiences, Joe has gained a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that are unique to democratically-owned and operated businesses, here and around the world.
Jan Joannides is the co-founder and Executive Director of Renewing the Countryside. Her work supports farmers, foodmakers, artists, entrepreneurs, and community groups working to create vibrant communities and strong rural/urban connections. From 2011-2013, Jan served as an Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota, and has been the editor and co-author of several books. Jan lives with her family in the beautiful Zumbro River Valley in southeast Minnesota.