The Murphy Institute has a strong history of helping students and workers understand how to improve their lives at work and in their communities. To that end, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new project at CUNY at the Murphy Institute, Community and Worker Ownership Project (CWOP).
In this age of burgeoning inequality and pervasive challenges to political and workplace democracy, this project seeks to support undertakings in worker-owned cooperatives and worker participation and control, as well as grassroots leadership in community development.
The CWOP intends to serve in these five areas:
Training and workshops
Bring non-credit courses and workshops to CUNY sites for existing and potential cooperative worker/owners
College degrees and certifications
Design credit courses, certificates and degree programs with scholars to expand education options for economic democracy and cooperative ownership
Business conversions and start-up
Support expansion of coop businesses with organized labor, worker centers, community based organizations and industry sectors
Host and sponsor forums and conferences or serve as a speaker
Initiate or share in research to evaluate economic and social justice impact of cooperative ownership and democratic engagement
You may be interested in learning more or participating in developing the work with us. You may have ideas or interests that can help grow the movement for economic democracy in your sphere of influence and impact and we can help. We want to hear from you!
Email Rebecca Lurie at Rebecca<dot>Lurie<at>cuny<dot>edu to share your thoughts or ideas or to express your interest in this project.