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Speaker Series: A worker co-op in Vancouver as an 'alternative in practice' - with Chris Nichols, The Wood Shop

  • Groundswell 566 Powell Street Vancouver, BC, V6A 1G9 Canada (map)

Here at Groundswell, we are constantly rethinking the frame of possibilities, designing creative & collaborative solutions, and are committed to building meaningful livelihoods & social ventures. 

This Tuesday, let's gather and think and talk about the values-based principle of an 'alternative economy,' with none other than Chris Nichols, founding worker-owner of The Wood Shop Workers' Coop & Groundswell's facilitator & mentor. 

Chris will speak about his experience in co-founding a worker co-op in Vancouver, and why he feels that worker co-ops are compelling alternatives to contemporary forms of organization in capitalism. 

As an alternative in practice, a small-scale worker coop has the potential to make meaningful change and contribute to the growth of a more equitable, sustainable economy here in Vancouver.   He hopes to show how this movement is not only necessary - but possible. 

About our Speaker

Chris is a philosopher, carpenter and facilitator of our Ethics and Contemporary Capitalism course.  Chris is a Groundswell alumni who dropped his PhD studies to pursue a livelihood that has him working with his hands.  He is now building both upcycled wood furniture and alternative economic systems simultaneously as a founding worker-owner of the Wood Shop Workers Co-op.

About the Event

Groundswell is answering a call to create space to come together for community and meaning in our work by opening up our Social Venture program’s Tuesday evening guest speaker series to the public - join us and find your community here!

This is your chance to learn more about Groundswell, too:
Stay after the talk to meet with our staff and participants for a short info session about our social venture programs, launch pad, marketplace, and community. 

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