Immigrant communities across the world face a broad range of barriers to safe and dignified work. In this webinar, we will explore how Center for Family Life, a social services organisation, pivoted their service delivery framework to partner with community residents in the entrepreneurial act of developing worker co-operatives. Through co-operative development, immigrant communities are able to create better work for themselves, and in the process, gain a broad range of skills, from business and industry expertise, co-operative governance structures, individual and collective financial literacy, to group development skills such as conflict resolution and leadership development.
Maru Bautista is the Director of the Co-operative Development Program at the Center for Family Life in Brooklyn New York. Since 2013, she has worked to strengthen and scale immigrant-led worker co-operatives in New York City. Most notably, Maru has supported the development of the Brightly franchise (brightly.coop) and Up & Go (upandgo.coop). Maru serves on the Board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and is chair of the board at the Democracy at Work Institute.