Annual Meeting 2013
The first annual meeting of the Data Commons Cooperative Annual is scheduled for:
Friday June 14th
3:00-5:00 PM Eastern DST (2:00-4:00 Central;1:00-3:00 Mountain;12:00-2:00 Pacific).
Conference call instructions will be emailed to co-op members. Along with the meeting, the co-op will be electing its board of directors. This first year, there are seven candidates running for the board, and seven seats available. They are:
- Jamie Campbell
- Emily Lippold Cheney
- Paul Fitzpatrick
- Lauren Hudson
- Jim Johnson
- Ethan Miller
- David Morgan
Jamie Campbell has been a member of Manitoba's co-op community since his arrival in the spring of 2005. He works for two worker co-ops, ParIT Worker Co-operative (www.parit.ca) and Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse (www.mondragon.ca). He joined both the CWCF (www.canadianworker.coop) Board and the Manitoba Community Co-operative Strategy's (http://www.manitoba.coop/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Complete-Strategy-Jan-2010.pdf) “Supports and Services” working group in 2010. He currently sits on the board of the Albert Street Autonomous Zone Co-op (a-zone.org), is ParIT's liason to the Winnipeg Parecon Worker Council (a local organization facilitating co-operation between local worker-owned and run enterprises), and is a founding board member with Data Commons. He is currently working on becoming trilingual (English, French, and Spanish) to be able to serve members of all three communities, which each have substantial presence in co-op communities both locally and globally. The upcoming feature that Jamie is most interested in is the Marketplace, to enable co-ops to not only find each other but also directly engage in commerce with each other. This interest is rooted in Jamie's “keeping an eye on the bottom line” worker co-op sensibilities.
Nominated by: Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation.
Current role in co-op: Director, former treasurer, former steering committee member.
Emily Lippold Cheney
Emily M Lippold Cheney began her work in the cooperative movement with the founding of a community cooperative housing network, followed by years of managing and developing others at a local and national scale, and further service as the Executive Director of NASCO (www.nasco.coop), a North American federation of common equity cooperatives rooted in social justice and anti-oppression. Currently, Emily is active with the development of the new USA Cooperative Youth Council (www.facebook.com/usacyc), a cross-sector organization for cooperative youth, as a Founder and Co-chair, while also sitting on the Board of Directors for CooperationWorks! (www.cooperationworks.coop), a national network of cooperative developers, and serving as the Board Treasurer for Aynah (www.aynah.org), an international cooperative development organization for university students. Emily also spends her time as a cooperative educator and trainer, provides development consultation, and serves on various national and international working groups and initiatives in a range of fields — among them, and in complement to her service on the Data Commons Board, open source philosophy and technology (opensource.org), in which she is currently exploring opportunities for collaboration with the cooperative movement.
Nominated by: CooperationWorks!.
Paul's day job is developing free and open-source software for the iCub robot (icub.org), which is itself free and open-source hardware. He has contributed to the development of find.coop and the Coopy Toolbox. Paul grew up on a small farm in Ireland. There were goats involved. He now lives in Montclair, New Jersey. There are fewer goats involved.
Nominated by: Cooperative Development Institute.
Current role in co-op: Director, secretary, membership committee member, operations team member, former steering committee member.
Disclosures: Paul is married to Noémi Giszpenc, the executive director of the Cooperative Development Institute.
Lauren Hudson is a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College, where she concentrated in studio art and human geography. She is one of the founding members of the college's first food co-op. Her interests include solidarity economics, feminist geography, and participatory action research. Ms. Hudson is currently a New York City Civic Corps member (http://www.nycservice.org/initiatives/index.php?bitinitiative_id=3) serving at New York Writers Coalition and is a member of Solidarity NYC (solidaritynyc.org). She lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Nominated by: SolidarityNYC.
Jim is a co-founder of the Data Commons Cooperative, and currently serves on the DCC board as interim Treasurer. He is also a member of the Grassroots Economic Organizing media collective, which has been chronicling the worker co-op and solidarity economics movements in the US and around the world for over thirty years, and which also provided much of the initial spark for the Data Commons Cooperative back in 2005.
Jim has been in small business and free-lancing for over thirty-five years, and has spent over twenty of those years working with and for co-ops. He is a software engineer by profession, specializing in statistical analysis websites, and is currently on sabbatical from his own worker co-op after serving ten years there, including three years as President. He has also spent several years consulting to, and serving on the board of, his local food co-op, including two years as President. He is also a member of the development team for the Co-op Index, a diagnostic tool developed by worker co-op members and developers as a way of helping worker co-ops grow closer to an “ideal cooperative” organization, as guided by cooperative values.
Jim is a co-founder of the Democracy At Work Network, the technical assistance service of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and he currently serves on DAWN's Board of Governors and its Training and Certification committee. He is also currently serving DAWN as a certified Peer Advisor, actively providing technical assistance to worker co-ops, start-ups, and conversions. He is also a graduate of the CooperationWorks! Training for Cooperative Development Practitioners, and served several years in the CW leadership as Chair of CW's Networking Circle. He is also a current member of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
Nominated by: CooperationWorks!.
Current role in co-op: Director, interim treasurer, former steering committee member.
Ethan Miller is a writer, researcher, educator, and organizer whose primary work focuses on imagining and cultivating democratic, equitable and ecological forms of livelihood. As one of the co-founders of the Data Commons, Ethan is excited about building practical tools (both conceptual and physical) that can help us to create and sustain solidarity-based economies. He has written and led many workshops on solidarity economics, and is a long-time member of the Grassroots Economic Organizing media collective (www.geo.coop) and, more recently, the Community Economies Collective (www.communityeconomies.org). Ethan has a Master's degree in geography from Umass Amherst, where he studied alternative concepts of regional economic development, and is currently working on a PhD dissertation as a student in Social and Political Thought at the University of Western Sydney (in Australia). His research focuses on rethinking the concepts of “economy, ecology and society” in ways that challenge problematic distinctions between nature and culture, and open up more space to think and act ethically in the face of interdependence, injustice and uncertainty. This sounds really theoretical, and it is, but the work itself is grounded in extensive conversations with economic developers and ecological defenders in Maine regarding the practical possibilities for developing new shared stories about what it means to live together in this wild and challenging world. When not in Oz (like right now, doing fieldwork back home), Ethan lives, works, plays and tends the orchard with his partner Kate, his 5-month-old son Loren, and a bunch of other great people at the JED Collective, a cooperative homestead in Greene, Maine.
Nominated by: Grassroots Economic Organizing.
Current role in co-op: Director, president, membership committee member, former steering committee member.
David Morgan is a worker-owner of the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA, www.toolboxfored.org), the organization behind Cultivate.coop. David has long been involved with social movements — from public space activism to anti-poverty work — that make use of the kind of everyday democracy that is at the core of his work at the Toolbox for Education and Social Action. His background is in cultural organizing, as co-founder of the Groundswell Collective, a group of artists/activists who produce and research critical cultural works, and as a committee member the HONK! Festival of activist street bands for more than five years. After graduating from Hampshire College, he focused on nonprofit communications work with such groups as the Boston-based housing rights organization City Life/Vida Urbana.
Nominated by: Cultivate.Coop.