An Evening with Seikatsu Club and Dr. Michael Menser

September 20th, 2018 4:00 PM   to   6:30 PM
An Evening with Seikatsu Club and Dr. Michael Menser

Come meet Seikatsu—Japan's cooperative powerhouse. Originally organized by 200 women as a buying club for safe milk, the co-op now has over 320,000 members. This consumer cooperative has created worker cooperatives through their supply chain, including social service, child care, elder care, and clean energy, and has developed a leadership academy to train members to lead on policy around food justice and safety, climate change, and even run for elected office themselves. 

Seikatsu's explicitly anti-consumer ethos, embodied in their call to "Stop Shopping" and adherence to cooperative principles and solidarity economy values, has led them to eliminate much of the waste and excess we commonly associate with retail. In 2008, the co-op's sales were $870 million.

Come learn how they did it! Seikatsu members will be presenting on their work to a public NYC audience for the first time. Dr. Michael Menser, local solidarity economy expert and author of We Decide! Theories and Case of Participatory Democracy (which contains en entire chapter on Seikatsu) will provide an introduction and moderate a question and answer session. We Decide! will be available for sale. Doors open at 4PM, program begins promptly at 4:30PM.  A light meal, provided by an NYC worker cooperative, will be served. 

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The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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