For Spring 2019, PACA invites its co-op members, co-op supporters, and other stakeholders in building our region's cooperative economy to attend, participate in, and share about these upcoming events.  For more information, please send an email to



Democratic Principles Workshop 

Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: The Cedar Works, 4919 Pentridge Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143

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Description: What makes an environment a democratic one? What are the elements to consider when trying to increase democratic practices in your co-op or organization? Wilfredo Hernandez, Consulting & Community Director, of CultureWorks will guide participants to explore basic key concepts of democratic practice in relation to their work in cooperative environments and have the opportunity to workshop ideas collaboratively.  Read more...

Business Finances for Anti-capitalists 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 @ 6 - 8:30 pm

Location: Spaces, 100 S Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Description: Is there a middle ground between being a broke idealist and being a morally bankrupt success? In this workshop we will explore money myths, personal money stories, and cover the basics of business finance, the tools you need, and why profit matters for every type of business.  Read more...

Financial Practices for Co-ops & Collectives: Getting on the same page about money 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 6 - 8:30 pm

Location: Spaces, 100 S Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Description: For cooperatives and collectives that feel stymied about how to get a whole bunch of humans on the same page about money. One challenge of start up cooperatives is getting all worker-owners up to speed on business financial concepts and the basic literacies needed to understand money in a cooperative. This workshop will cover basic concepts and practices for getting everyone on the same page.  Read more...

Systems and Design Thinking Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 2019 @ 10 am - 3pm 

Location: TBA

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Description: A system is “any group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent parts that form a complex and unified whole that has a specific purpose”. In this workshop, CultureWorks will give an introduction on systems and design using current examples to (Read more...)



Inclusive & Participatory Meeting Facilitation (for new facilitators!)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Description: Many of us attend meetings and other activities with others.  We hope for (and often are fortunate) to have an attentive, enthusiastic, and strong facilitator to guide us through long or boring processes; maybe even difficult or exuberant conversations.  But what is that person up there actually doing that gets us to outcomes, feeling like we were heard?  How’d they get us to come up with all these new ideas? How do they know what to do?   Read more


Let's Study! Municipal food system efforts, are they for co-ops? 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm 

Location: One Art Community Center, 1431-39 N. 52nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19131

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Description: As consumer-owned grocer stores, food co-ops strive to provide access to affordable, healthy, sustainably produced, and culturally appropriate food for the communities the co-op serves. We will hear from the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council about how food systems work is being mapped out at the municipal level. Let's see where our region's food co-ops stand in relation!

¿Qué es Una Cooperativa de Trabajadores?: Taller de Cooperativas Lideradas por Inmigrantes en Filadelfia

Jueves, 28 de Marzo, 2019 @ 6 - 8 pm (¡Únete a nosotros durante la Semana de Negocios de Inmigrantes!)

Location: 1149 Cooperative, 1149 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Descripción: Una cooperativa de trabajadores es una entidad de negocios donde las personas que trabaja allí son los dueños y la controlan.  Se están desarrollando cooperativas de trabajadores liderados por inmigrantes en todo el país. Están creando un trabajo estable y seguro que es propiedad de los trabajadores. Únase a PACA y PWA Handymen, una cooperativa de trabajadores establecida en 2015, ya que abordamos qué son las cooperativas y sus beneficios en las comunidades de inmigrantes.

Se proporcionará traducción español-inglés.

What is a Worker Cooperative?: Workshop on Immigrant-led Cooperatives in Philadelphia

Thursday, March 28, 2019 @ 6-8 pm (Join us during Immigrant Business Week!) 
Location: 1149 Cooperative, 1149 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Description: A worker cooperative is a business entity where those who work there are the owners and control the business. Immigrant-led worker cooperatives are being developed across the country and creating stable and safe work owned by the workers. Join the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance and PWA Handymen Association, a worker co-op established in 2015, as we address what co-ops are and benefits of them in Immigrant communities

Spanish-English translation will be provided.



Past Events:


Seeking Cooperation, Building a Cooperative Movement

Community Economics Panel and Workshop with PACA (hosted by the Jewish Farm School) 

Sustaining Cooperation:  Promoting & Practicing Principle Six in Philly Area Co-ops

2018 PACA Co-op Summit & Annual Meeting

Cooperative Practices of Belonging with Dr. Alice Bryer

Cooperative Leadership Institute Workshops (Spring - Summer 2018)



2017 PACA Annual Membership Meeting & Co-op Summit

CO-UP: a community teach-in for cultivating economic justice

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