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Jamila Medley, executive director of PACA is interviewed on Everything Co-op

1/6/2019
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Jamila Medley, executive director of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA)is interviewed on Everything Co-op on December 13, 2018 on Everything Co-op. Host, Vernon Oakes and Jamila discuss how PACA has used the cooperative business model to support businesses, and grow the cooperative economy. They also discuss the structure of PACA and how the organization continues to uncover ways to support their cooperative members organically, as their needs surface. Jamila Medley is a...

Duration:00:40:34

Deputy Mayor J Phillip Thompson

12/28/2018
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Appointed Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives in February 2018, Deputy Mayor Thompson is responsible for spearheading a diverse collection of priority initiatives. He oversees New York City's signature Pre-K for All program, which provides free, high-quality pre-kindergarten to 70,000 four-year olds each year, and the continued expansion of the nation's first-ever 3-K for All. He will also ensure the continued success of the Community Schools, Young Men's Initiatives and ThriveNYC,...

Duration:00:50:19

William Spriggs, Economic/Co-op Development Dir. at the Bermuda EDC, Appears on Everything Co-op

12/7/2018
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William Spriggs, Economic and Cooperative Development Director at the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, is interviewed by Vernon Oakes on the Nationally broadcast radio show, Everything Co-op. Vernon and William discuss his plans to educate the Government and constituents of Bermuda about the value of cooperatives in all sectors. Mr. Spriggs is responsible for a wide range of small and medium sized business socio-economic development projects and programs. He is also responsible for...

Duration:00:38:47

Vernon Hosts Day of Thanks Open Mic

12/5/2018
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Vernon Oakes, host of the nationally broadcast radio show Everything Co-op, hosts the show's second Open Mic, to give listeners a chance to give Thanks for their Cooperative Blessings. Since the Spirit of Thanksgiving is all about showing gratitude for a person's good fortune and giving to those who are less fortunate. Listeners were encouraged to "Pay it Forward," and call-in to share how cooperatives have: improved their quality of life; saved them money; improved their financial literacy,...

Duration:00:24:41

Everything Co-op’s Live Broadcast at NAHC’s 58th Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

12/5/2018
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Vernon Oakes, host of Everything Co-op Interviews Audrey Dickerson, a participant at the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC) 58th Annual Conference, Lighting the Way: Build for the Future. Each year, NAHC's Annual Conference brings together peers, colleagues and industry experts in cooperative housing to discuss issues and learn how to strengthen cooperative housing. The conference is a premier opportunity to network with Cooperative Board Members, Professional Cooperative...

Duration:00:49:04

Mark Griiffith is interviewed on Everything Co-op

12/5/2018
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Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center BMC), and Board member of the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC) is interviewed by Vernon Oakes on Everything Co-op. Vernon and Mark discuss the role cooperatives have played in both economic development and ensuring economic justice in Central Brooklyn. They also discuss cooperative strategies he has used to "trap" Black money to keep the dollars spent within the communities for a longer period...

Duration:00:39:10

John Torres, VP of Public Relations for NCBA CLUSA is Interviewed on Everything Co-op

11/11/2018
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John Torres, VP of Public Relations and Communication for NCBA CLUSA is interviewed by the host of Everything Co-op, Vernon Oakes on September 27, 2018. John and Vernon discuss NCBA CLUSA's upcoming events: the 2018 Co-op IMPACT Conference and the 2018 Co-op Festival on the National Mall, and the Impact cooperatives have had on the economy. John currently serves as the Vice President of Communication and Public Relations for the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International....

Duration:01:14:40

Hnin W. Hnin, Exec. Dir of Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive is interviewed on Everything Co-op

11/9/2018
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Hnin W. Hnin, Executive Director of Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) appeared on Everything Co-op on September 13, 2018, a weekly Nationally broadcast radio show. Vernon and Hnin discussed how CoFED is building the leadership of young people of color at the intersection of food systems change, solidarity and cooperative economics. Hnin W. Hnin is a storyweaver, educator, and facilitator who is guided by the ancestors and mother earth to transform systemic injustices into...

Duration:00:50:25

Cecile Green, and Rebecca Fisher-McGinty of Round Sky Solutions, discuss collaborative leadership

11/9/2018
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Cecile Green, co-founder of Round Sky Solutions, and Communications Wizard, Rebecca Fisher-McGinty discuss how the implementation of a collaborative organizational process can impact an organization. Cecile Green, co-founder of Round Sky Solutions, is a visionary, entrepreneur, experiential philosopher, and farmer with a passion for assisting mission driven organizations achieve their visions. As an integral scholar practitioner and life-long learner, she holds a B.S. in Community Supported...

Duration:00:53:21

Stacey Sutton, Ph.D., Assist. Professor, University of Illinois Chicago, Appears on Everything Co-op

11/8/2018
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Vernon Oakes, host of Everything Co-op, and Dr. Sutton discuss her research on "Cooperative Cities," and proven strategies to educate legislators on the potential impact of cooperatives on economic development. Stacey Sutton is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research focuses on community economic development, economic democracy and equitable development. In a forthcoming...

Duration:00:46:14

New York City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal Appears on Everything Co-op

11/8/2018
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Helen Rosenthal, Council Member for the 6th District of the New York City Council appears on Everything Co-op on October 11, 2018. Vernon and Ms. Rosenthal will her advocacy in support of worker cooperatives on the New York City Council, and the steps that were taken to ensure that legislation that was passed was enforced. Helen Rosenthal represents New York City's 6th Council District, encompassing the upper West Side in the New York City. She is a leading voice on issues of accessibility,...

Duration:00:54:00

Steve Dubb, senior editor at The Nonprofit Quarterly, (NPQ)

9/26/2018
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Steve Dubb, senior editor at The Nonprofit Quarterly, (NPQ) by Vernon Oakes

Duration:00:46:18

Members and Affiliates of The Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the 51st Anniversary Meeting

9/26/2018
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Members and Affiliates of The Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the 51st Anniversary Meeting by Vernon Oakes

Duration:00:49:24

Everything Co-op Launches On the Road Show at NCB's Annual Meeting

9/8/2018
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This Broadcast of Everything Co-op, a National weekly show, features interviews from the first "On the Road" interviews recorded at National Cooperative Bank's recent Board meeting, which was held at the flagship REI store in Seattle, Washington. Vernon joined Chuck Snyder, NCB President, Martin Lowery, NCB Board Chair, and a host of Board members for the organization's Board Meeting. NCB has sponsored Everything Co-op since its inception. Vernon Oakes, and the staff of Everything Co-op are...

Duration:00:48:28

The Federation of Southern Cooperative's ED, Cornelius Blanding and Outreach Specialist Bruce Harold

9/8/2018
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Vernon Oakes takes the show on the road to the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund's 51st Annual Meeting. Vernon interviews Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director of the Federation, and Bruce Harold. Vernon and his guests discuss initiatives and accomplishments of the organization, initiatives that have been spearheaded by the federation to help its members, and the contributions of Ralph Paige, long-time advocate and former Executive Director of FAS/LAF, who made his...

Duration:00:50:57

Vernon Oakes and John Holdsclaw Pay Tribute to Ralph Paige

9/8/2018
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Vernon Oakes and John Holdsclaw honor the memory of Ralph Paige, with many listeners, who call into the Everything Co-op to pay tribute to this tireless Civil Rights leader. Mr. Paige was the former director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. He was a consummate advocate for disenfranchised farmers, worked tirelessly to keep families and farmers on their land, and constantly promoted a more just system of agriculture. Mr. Paige played a major role in creating cooperatives...

Duration:00:51:46

Malik Yakini, Director, Detroit Peoples Black Community Food Security Network

7/18/2018
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Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Director, Detroit Peoples Black Community Food Security Network is interviewed by Vernon Oakes, host of Everything Co-op. Vernon and Malik discuss initiatives of the Detroit Peoples Food Co-op, and the journey his organization has taken to establish a food cooperative, while raising funds to purchase the building for the co-op and serving as the developer for the building Malik Kenyatta Yakini is an activist and educator who is committed to freedom and justice for...

Duration:00:48:20

Stuart Reid, Executive Director of Food Co-op Initiative (FCI)

7/8/2018
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Stuart Reid, Executive Director of Food Co-op Initiative (FCI), appears on Everything Co-op. Vernon and Stuart discuss how FCI works with communities to establish food Cooperatives in diverse neighborhoods, and other programs and initiative spearheaded by FCI. Stuart Reid has been working in the grocery business for more than 40 years, and has been part of FCI since its earliest years. He began his career in grocery as a carry-out and stock clerk for the Windom, Minnesota Hy-Vee store back...

Duration:00:49:57

Gary Pittsford, CFP® President of Castle Wealth Advisors

7/8/2018
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Gary Pittsford, CFP®, President of Castle Wealth Advisors, appears on Everything Co-op. Vernon and Gary discuss succession planning, the transition from individual ownership to worker owned businesses, and the world of purchasing co-ops. Castle Wealth Advisors is a private wealth management firm based in Indianapolis, IN. For 45 years, Gary has worked with hundreds of family business owners in all 50 states, helping them with retirement and estate planning strategies to protect their...

Duration:00:52:35