A Walking Tour of Philadelphia's Solidarity Economy -
Sunday, November 15, 10am-2:30pm, at the Satellite Café:
701 S 50th St (50th & Baltimore), in Philadelphia.
We will be visiting 8-10 enterprises that exemplify an empathy-based economy, delivering social justice, environmental sustainability, and inclusive prosperity for all. Come with your questions and prepare to be inspired!
Our tour guide will be the irrepressible Esteban Kelly. Esteban is the Co-Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and is an important leader and creative force in solidarity economy and co-op movements. He has served on numerous boards including the USFWC, the US Solidarity Economy Network, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA-CLUSA), and the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF). He is a co-founder and current board President of the cross-sector Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA), and recently worked at the New Economy Coalition as Development Director and then Staff Director. Esteban is a mayoral appointee to the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, following eight years as a worker-owner at Mariposa Food Co-op institutionalizing its staff collective and expanding food access in West Philly.
Our tour is co-sponsored by the Keystone Co-op Development Center, a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing technical and research assistance to groups who wish to organize as cooperatives. Keystone's mission is to sustain communities, economies, and resources through cooperatively owned businesses, and has served Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware since 1999. Visit us at: http://kdc.coop
--> Please RSVP by Nov. 10th to Jim Johnson (email@example.com), and tell us how many will be in your party. Drop-ins are welcome, but we want to get some sense of how many people to expect. Also tell us if you need a ride or can offer a ride, and where you'll be coming from.
WEATHER PERMITTING: On Nov. 11th we will make a judgment call on the weather and send you notice of confirmation, or postponement if necessary.
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Our Draft Itinerary:
10am-11am: Convene at 701 S 50th St (50th & Baltimore), in Philadelphia.
We will congregate in the little outdoor garden area in front of the Satellite Café at 50th & Baltimore. The Satellite is not a full brunch sit down place, but they have bagels and wraps and coffee and smoothies. For those seeking a full restaurant or diner breakfast, there are a few of those places within a block of the meet up location. Cedar Park café is a greasy spoon, which is also on Baltimore Ave between 49th & Satellite, just a few doors down from the Satellite. A block further east, on the corner of 48th & Baltimore is the Gold Standard, which has vegan breakfast options and organic/ free range menu things.
11am: Our first visit will be a quick walk through the building that houses Satellite Café, including Firehouse Bikes and the co-working space on the top floor. We can use bathrooms up there, and do some intros while we're comfortable and indoors, before venturing out again.
Then we walk to 6-8 more stops - enough time at each stop for 8-10 questions and a little discussion with co-op members/staffers,
2:30~pm: Lunch at the Win Win Coffee Bar at 9th & Spring Garden, for locally sourced food and drinks, and to support Philly's newest worker co-op!