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Collective REMAKE is Implementing Cooperative Education and Development Workshops with Returning Citizens at Two Locations in Los Angeles

The topics in our cooperative education and development workshops include: Intro to cooperatives, worker-ownership, cooperative principles and values: democracy, equality, equity, self-reliance, and solidarity; “A Just Transition” moving from extractive economy to a caring economy (Movement Generation) ; practicing democracy; business modeling; business planning; legal aspects of starting a cooperative; finances for start-ups; & time banking. 

We work with dozens of community partners who support our work and/or help to implement the cooperative education workshops including: Antioch University, Los Angeles; Arroyo S.E.C.O Network of Time Banks; Black Equity Initiative/JIB Fund; LA Coop LAB; Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative (LUCI); Brett Heeger, Attorney at Law; LA Eco Village; Niki Okuk, MBA; RideON! bike shop; Solidarity Research Center; Mariana Mendoza, MA Urban Sustainability; Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI); LA County Health Department; Timelist; Southern California Library; Five Points Youth Foundation; R. Jackson Bradford, Change Consultant, Social Innovator; RESIST Foundation; and more.

Collective REMAKE’s goal is to build cooperatives from the ground up. Our strategy is based on successful models that prioritize cooperative education and development programming. Research on cooperative history demonstrates that ongoing cooperative education is the key to the success of democratic businesses and cooperatives enterprises. We are following the tradition of multiple cooperative leaders: Father Arizmendiarreti, founder of the Mondragon cooperatives in Spain; Fr. A. J. McKnight and Carol Prejean Zippert, founders of the Southern Consumers Cooperative, now the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (FSC/LAF); and Tim Huet, founder of the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives. These are some of the most successful examples of contemporary cooperative movements built from the ground up. In each case, they started with the educational programming. McKnight created adult education classes in Lafayette Louisiana. The FSC/LAF now has a cooperative academy and development center that supports the expansion of cooperatives in multiple states. Arizmendiarreta opened a school that still exists today and is attended by people from around the world. Huet and partners built consistent education programs in the association for all members.

Ongoing education on cooperative history, the practice of democracy, business structure, and the economy is a priority to create sustainable practices.

Introduction to Cooperative Education and Development Workshops

Introduction • Orientation • Registration
for Collective REMAKE’s Cooperative
Education & Development Workshop Series
January 25, 2020 2 pm – 5 pm
Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center
MLK Center for Public Health 11833 Wilmington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Series for
Women and LGBTQ folks
to begin February – April 2020
Registration is Required
The Full Series Includes Ten Workshops
For more information please email: contactus@collectiveremake.com

Create an Art Coop


September 14, 2019 • 1- 3 pm


Southern California Library
6120 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044

Collective REMAKE and Friends are holding an initial planning meeting
to begin the start-up phase for a Democratically Run Art Cooperative

This is an informational & initial planning session. People/Artists
IMPACTED by incarceration and navigating reentry are encouraged
to attend. There will an an introduction to cooperatives, and a hands on participatory excercise with the Business Model Canvas, a brainstorm on
multiple concepts for cooperative art businesses. Ideas currently include:

Recycle for ART: a coop that will produce, market and sell art.

• Arts for Healing and Wellness: provide classes,
workshops and healing arts

• Multi-media and Design: provide multi media design services
and train impacted people in technology and design.

Please join us to Learn more! Please let us know you are coming!

If you have questions, please contact Mary Sutton at
  msutton@collectiveremake.com • 310-709-8602, or
Bryant Mangum • bmangum@collecitveremake.com

Join Collective REMAKE at the Leimert Part Book Fair

Collective REMAKE will be tabling all day.

“ONE OF LA’S FIVE BEST ANNUAL BOOK FAIRS,” the Leimert Park Village Book Fair attracts over 200 authors, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, performers, and literary/educational exhibitor participants – and boasts an audience of over 5,000. Since its inception LPVBF has grown in popularity and prestige becoming a cultural tradition and premier summer literary event. The 13th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair is happy to announce world-class athlete, fitness and wellness advocate, TV personality and home chef, Laila Ali as its 2019 book fair ambassador. She will be headlining the culinary stage with recipes from her new cookbook, “Food for Life.” Laila currently is the host of Emmy Award-winning show, “Home Made Simple,” which airs every Saturday on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Lemiert Park Book Fair

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw

3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90008


We have cups, stickers, posters, pins and books for sale.

We are selling Jessica Gordon-Nembhard’s book, Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.


Art, Education, Music, Food & Great Company

Collective REMAKE’s Environmental Education Day held at the Five Points Youth Foundation was a huge success.

Collective REMAKE members set up activity booths featuring cooperative business models, values and purpose :
  • Composting: Learn how to build your back yard compost system
  • Environmental Exhibition—Colorful displays presented the devastating impact that Textiles and Plastics have on the Environment
  • Art Making
  • Youth created the Plastic Fish and learned how our plastic trash hurt sea life and ends up in the food we eat
  • Kids also had the opportunity to silkscreen on recycled shirts
  • Music: Local L.A. Artists join the Five Points Youth Foundation and Collective REMAKE in community celebration
  • Food: Vegan burgers and jerk chicken and healthy dishes served to all, young and old
  • This event is funded by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)

Environmental Education Day

Environmental Education Day

June 15, 2019 • 4pm – 7pm

Free & Open to the Public
Healthy BBQ, Meat and Vegan, for All

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Collective REMAKE is featuring sustainable
Cooperative business models:

Recycle for JOBs • Worms4U • All City Art

PLEASE Bring Your empty CRV Beverage Containers
to support
Recycle for JOBs

Environmental Education Day June 15, 2019 – Postcard

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Legal Steps to Start Your Cooperative

April 6, 2019 • 1 pm – 4 pm

Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center
MLK Center for Public Health
11833 Wilmington Ave • Los Angeles, CA 90059

Legal Steps to Start Your Cooperative

Attorneys, Anastasia Butler and Brett Heeger will give a comprehensive overview of what you need to know about the legal aspects of starting your cooperative. Topics include: Incorporation Options, Liability, The Role of Bylaws, Legal Democratic Structures for Cooperatives, Worker Ownership and more…

Creating a Vision for Your Cooperative  through the Business Model Canvas

March 9, 2019
1 pm – 4 pm
Facilitated by Karen Ochoa
from the LA Coop LAB


Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center
MLK Center for Public Health
11833 Wilmington Ave • Los Angeles, CA 90059
Photos shown are from Collective REMAKE’s Workshops Series held at Southern California Library, 2016, and Fair Chance Project, Summer 2017, where LA Coop Lab facilitates the Business Model Canvas exercise. Photos in bottom row are from 2018 Summer Seminar held at Southwest College.
The objective of this workshop is to use the Business Model Canvas and other tools to build the business model of your co-op project, including:
  • Value Proposition and Customer Segments
  • Customer Relationships
  • Channels for Reaching Customers
  • Revenue Model
  • Cost Model
  • Key Resources, Activities, and Partnerships
To accomplish this, we will:
  • present an overview of the building blocks of the canvas illustrated by an example from an existing cooperative business
  • provide time for teams to do a first pass at the whole canvas, as well as time to debrief team assignments of the specific elements of the canvas.

Accounting, Budgeting and Financing for a Sustainable Cooperative in Your Community

March 16, 2019 • 1 pm – 4 pm

Facilitated by Niki Okuk, MBA, Board Member of the Los Angeles Union
Cooperative Initiative (LUCI)

Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center
MLK Center for Public Health
11833 Wilmington Ave • Los Angeles, CA 90059

Accounting, Budgeting and Financing for a Sustainable Cooperative in Your Community


This session covers the 3 basic financial statements all companies have and how they relate to each other. Using in class examples we will build sample proforma financial statements and talk about the slightly different terminology used in the coopertive business world.
The objectives of this workshop include:
  • To understand the fundamentals necessary to create a start-up budget for a cooperative business
  • To become familiar with the elements of a solid cooperative business plan
  • To be aware of multiple sources for start-up funds in the cooperative and small business arenas.
  • To know about the concept of patronage as critical part of cooperative accounting
Participants will have the opportunity to begin a start-up budget for their cooperative dream and acquire the basic tools and support to begin writing a business plan.