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ESOP Summer School 25: Growing Worker Co-ops in Vermont

The EsOp Podcast: Growing Worker Co-ops in Vermont

Welcome to our annual EO/ESOP Podcast Summer School series. We selected some of our favorite episodes over the past year for your enjoyment while we spend the rest of our summer catching our breath and working on launching our exciting Season 7, beginning in September 2023.

In this episode, Bret Keisling was joined by worker-owners Alex Fischer and Andrew Stachiw who discuss USFWC's (US Federation of Worker Cooperatives) efforts to network and grow worker co-ops in Vermont to further societal goals including economic, racial, and social justice, and working in business as anti-capitalists.

Alex and Andrew share their individual and combined passions for democratized workplaces and their beliefs that changing the very structures of jobs, equity and community will transcend society. Each guest also shares their EO A-ha Moment.

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The body of this episode originally aired on November 1, 2022, as Episode 222: Growing Worker Co-ops in Vermont.


ESOP Summer School 25 Show Notes

About Alex Fischer

Alex Fischer brings a social justice perspective to financial management and believes that understanding finances is important to collectively managing resources at the individual, organizational and systemic levels. Alex is a self-taught bookkeeper and holds an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School in Brattleboro, VT. They bring games, fun and an innovative liberatory approach to financial management & education. They love supporting justice-based organizations through bookkeeping, consulting, budgeting & education/training. After running their own business, Open Bookkeeping, for eight years, Alex is thrilled to achieve a life goal of being part of a thriving worker cooperative.

About Andrew Stachiw

Andrew Stachiw is a co-founder and worker-owner of Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) where he is the Director of Curriculum Development and Cooperative Education. Through his work providing TA through TESA, CDI, and USFWC Andrew provides technical assistance for a wide range of co-ops, and has designed education for cooperative development organizations around the country. Andrew is passionate about cooperative systems that fight for social justice and much of his co-op work has focused on the food system, land access, and the formerly incarcerated. Andrew lives in northern Vermont, where he runs a small farm and is one of the statewide organizers for the USFWC.

Worker Co-ops our Guests Love:

Andrew loves: Kalchē Wine Co.

Bret Keisling, Passionate Advocat for Employee Ownership

We'd love to hear from you! To contact us, find us on Facebook at EO Podcast Network and on Twitter @ESOPPodcast. To reach Bret, with one "T", email, on LinkedIn at Bret Keisling, and most actively on Twitter at @EO_Bret. This podcast has been produced by Bret Keisling for the EO Podcast Network, original music composed by Max Keisling, branding and marketing by BitsyPlus Design.

Standard Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are my own and don't represent those of my own firms or the organizations to which I belong. Nothing in the podcast should be construed as guidance or advice of any kind in any field and the fact that I mentioned an organizational website or an advocate or a company on a podcast does not reflect an endorsement, but if you've heard your name or your group's name mentioned on this podcast, I'd love to have you come on and talk about it yourself.


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