In this clip of All Things Co-op, Mayor Jesse Arreguin talks about the main lessons he would share with others trying to follow Berkeley's lead in passing and implementing legislation that supports worker cooperatives. (1) Framing why this model is important in a way that can motivate cities (2) Putting the money where your mouth is to ensure what has been passed has appropriate support (3) Securing partnerships with existing community leaders who can help ensure practical success.
Mayor Jesse Arreguin joins All Things Co-op to talk about Berkley's cooperative roots, the legislation that Berkeley adopted in 2016 that provides incentives and support for cooperatives, and how cooperatives are a critical part of a just and equal economic system, and an inclusive recovery from the current pandemic and economic crisis.
Watch the full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKdOxkRKaWg
Mayor Jesse Arreguin is the Mayor of Berkeley, California. Berkeley has been a leader in city initiatives assisting worker cooperatives and business operating on cooperative principles. Mayor Arreguin lead the charge to create a program where City’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) could be used for the purpose of converting traditional businesses into worker cooperatives.
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