Cooperatives can exist in any industry, place, or size; they are formed by groups of people sharing both risk and benefit. We'll describe cooperatives and what makes them different, including the story of the Dine Regenerative Agriculture Cooperative. Then participants will "join" a cooperative and make important decisions as a group - in the format of a game.
Sandra McCardell, Coordinating Director, Cooperative Catalyst of NM
Bill Edwards, Coordinator, Diné Regenerative Agricultural Cooperative
About Sandra McCardell
Sandra McCardell is Coordinating Director of The Cooperative Catalyst of NM, which she co-founded in 2017 as a cooperative development center. Cooperatives have been shown to strengthen communities and increase wealth, and provide people with another economic option beyond small businesses and nonprofits. Sandra's background is in business and nonprofit creation & management, facilitation, and project management; she ran a renewable energy / energy efficiency consulting business for many years including projects on Navajo and other Tribal lands, and started an energy efficiency cooperative.
About Bill Edwards
Bill is an entrepreneur, consultant, coach, manager, and trainer. He is a veteran, and has been involved with Veteran organizations as well as agriculture for much of his life on the Navajo Reservation, in New Mexico, and elsewhere. Bill lives in Tolani Lake and is active in nonprofit management consulting and training, food sovereignty and sheep health projects as well as other Tolani Lake Enterprises activities. Bill was one of the leaders in the creation of the Dine Regenerative Agricultural Cooperative (DRAC) and serves as its coordinator.