Strengthen the Connections Between Coops
how can we accomplish this? use this space to add ideas. or add you name if it's an idea you want to be involved in.
[nate] Google calendars to make existing events more transparent. create a BCN google calendar. Encourage coops to have their own public calendar (e.g. http://karaoke.bostoncoops.org/calendar). Create an aggregate google calendar.
[nate] coop skillshares or an
[nate] annual Boston Coop Conference
notes from Katie at last meeting:
1) Reaching out to rental coops, faux-ops, and informal cooperative houses to get a sense of how many coops there actually are in Boston and how they can help each other (especially re: new members) (one possibility: a series of outreach dinners, either by BCC or the newly established BEC cadre of volunteers, at various informal coops in the area -- or, alternatively, doing a Craigslist sweep and inviting these people to dinner with us)
2) "So you want to start a coop?" information sessions -- where the focus is less logistical (as in Wednesday's meeting) and more interested in creating successful social groups (how are coops and intentional communities different? ethics of chore-sharing? what do you need to think about before you move into a big house with lots of people?" -- targeted at non-coopers who are interested in becoming coopers
3) BCC expansion -- if BCC *is* interested in spearheading some of this, figuring out how to bring enthusiastic non-members in to share the workload (and without creating a whole lot of extra work for folks at SeedPod) -- BEC + independent expansion committee is the initial step for this
4) A series of follow-up meetings (monthly?) for people interested in continuing the discussion on Wednesday, who are interested in picking up some of these threads and running with them.