Maru Bautista & Sylvia Morse as Part of Who Owns the World? PCC Conference at The New School 2019
Maru Bautista & Sylvia Morse (Center for Family Life) at Who Owns the World Conference, convened by the Platform Cooperativism Consortium at The New School in November 2019. Maru & Sylvia are speakers for the Owning Our Power: Young Lions of the Co-op Movement event.
About the event: We are proud to showcase a combination of some of the most inspiring projects that have recently launched, and others that have distinctly proven themselves over the past few years. We will hear about strategies for capitalization, franchisement of the co-op model, the encouragement and facilitation of democratic governance among distributed producers, collaboration with unions, technological innovations relying on blockchain, and revenue sharing in the community. In quick succession, presenters will offer you an overview of how they are collectively making cooperative interventions across a range of sectors. Learn from these pioneers.
Maru Bautista is the Director of the Cooperative Development Program at the Center for Family Life in Brooklyn New York. For the past 6 years, she has worked with her team and the Sunset Park community to strengthen and scale immigrant-led worker cooperatives in New York City. Most notably, Maru has supported the development of the Brightly franchise and Up &Go. Maru has served on the Board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives for the past 4 years, and has also served on the Board of the Democracy at Work Institute since 2016. Maru is originally from Puebla, Mexico. She moved to Brooklyn 8 years ago to pursue an M.A. in International Development from the New School.
Sylvia Morse is the Project Coordinator in CFL’s Cooperative Development Program, where she is helping to implement initiatives to scale immigrant worker-owned cooperative businesses in New York City and nationally. Since September 2016, she has focused her time on the development of Up & Go, a web app for booking home services from worker cooperatives. Prior to joining CFL, Sylvia worked in housing policy and participatory planning. Sylvia is a lifelong New Yorker, and earned her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the City University of New York Hunter College.Sylvia Morse is the Project Manager in CFL’s Cooperative Development Program, where she is helping to implement initiatives to scale immigrant worker-owned cooperative businesses in New York City and nationally. Since September 2016, she has focused her time on the development of Up & Go, a web app for booking home services from worker cooperatives.