Sonoma’s Praxis Peace Institute will host a panel discussion entitled “The Economics of Cooperation” on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center. The panel includes Philip Beard, Georgia Kelly, Marilyn Langlois and Keith Wilson.
Praxis Peace Institute has led five seminars at the Mondragón Cooperatives in Spain and one in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. The Mondragón Cooperatives comprise the largest consortium of worker-owned businesses in the world and the Emilia Romagna region is the center of cooperatives in Italy.
The panel speakers have participated in seminars in both regions and will discuss the inspiring economic relationships that put people and planet before profit. Based on a philosophy of human values, respect and equality, the cooperatives are an inspiration in demonstrating one model of what an evolved business environment looks like. Local worker-owned businesses will also be discussed.
The speakers come from a variety of backgrounds. Beard is a retired professor of German and global studies at Sonoma State University and a founder of the GoLocal movement in Sonoma County. Kelly, the founder and director of the nonprofit Praxis Peace Institute, also created the Praxis seminars abroad and has given many presentations and written articles for magazines and the Huffington Post on the Mondragón model of economic relationships. Langlois, served as the community advocate in the office of Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and is a founding member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance. Wilson, a recent graduate of Dominican University’s Green MBA program, is on staff at Praxis and assists with seminars abroad and program development, and is also part of a small farm coop in the East Bay.
Tickets are $15 and available online at praxispeace.org, or at the door.
The discussion will take place in room 110 of the community center at 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.