Greater Brooklyn, the project behind the NYC Cooperative Housing Exchange, is hosting a mixer! It will be a fun night of drinks and mingling for all those currently engaged in or interested in cooperative urban living.
Come if you fit the following categories!
☞ Currently living cooperatively and seeking new housemate(s)
☞ Currently living cooperatively and want to mingle
☞ Interested in joining a coop house
☞ Interested in forming a NEW coop house
☞ Interested in learning more about cooperative living and meeting people who are doing it
☞ You like supporting rad businesses like Starr Bar
WHERE: Starr Bar (214 Starr Street) in Bushwick
WHEN: Thursday, April 6th from 7:00 - 9:00
WHY: Because we love you
There has been a serious supply/demand differential in the cooperative scene in NYC for years. When a room becomes available in a coop, there are dozens of people lining up. This process becomes stressful for both parties (the house + the individuals applying), and exclusivity becomes the ultimate byproduct as most people applying are left behind. But.... lot's of people are interested in this lifestyle! And that's amazing! So what we need is more supply. More houses. More spaces where people can live comfortably with others, practicing clear communication and group decision-making on a daily basis. Learning important skills to make themselves and the world a better place. Learning and practicing a community lifestyle that the consumer-driven individualism of the US has largely stripped away from us. As cooperative models thrive and we create more tangible examples of alternatives to normalized hierarchy and capitalism, we are truly challenging/changing culture in a profound way. We are creating something strange, something beautiful; something that anyone exposed to will be impacted by. When a new coop takes form, we are together taking one more step towards a more communicative, compassionate, and revolutionary culture. Please join us!
Note: The event ends at 9:00 but you're welcome to stay afterwards and enjoy Starr Bar. It is a wonderful place run by folks at the Mayday Space and profits made there help fund social justice initiatives in Bushwick and beyond.
See you in April!
We want to build cooperative infrastructure for local investment in community land. A real estate investment cooperative (REIC) allows individuals to pool their money and energy to invest in real estate for the benefit of their various communities for the long haul.
At this initial gathering, we will talk about the REIC model, share examples of how cooperative financing has worked in other places, hear from two groups that need investors to help them retain community space, and talk about how we might implement this model in our own neighborhoods in smaller groups.
What is a REIC? The idea is that people pool money in cooperative investment group(s) and these investment groups buy buildings and lease them affordably or make very low interest loans available to others to buy or renovate property for community-serving uses. The ultimate property owners would be community land trusts set up to manage the land and cooperatives and non-profits set up to manage the assets on the land. We hope that this kind of participation in co-creating our city will give us control of the kind of place we want it to be, and imagine a city with a multitude of investment groups that reflect and amplify the multitude of our interests.
Why are we calling this gathering? When we learned that a group of neighbors in Minneapolis pooled enough money to purchase buildings and lease them at affordable rates to local businesses, we wanted to do it in NYC. We made a survey to see if people were interested in this model, called a real estate investment cooperative, and in 10 days 300 people had pledged $1M. See the survey here to make a pledge: goo.gl/forms/km8k2Bg4d4
We have the political and fiscal power to preserve the spaces we care about and to expand the opportunities for creating institutions that will shape the city we want to live in. Let's harness it together!
For some detailed background, read about about a similar (but locally relevant) project in Minneapolis: neic.coop/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/NEIC-Presentation-for-Web-03.01.15.pdf
WHEN: Tuesday, April 28th, 6pm, presentations begin at 6:30pm promptly
WHERE: 112 2nd Avenue at East 7th Street (www.middlechurch.org/)(there were soooo many of you we had to get a bigger space!)
Power of Neighborhood and The Commons, a talk by p.m.
April 23, 2015, 7:30pm
The Power of Neighborhood and the Commons
A talk by p.m. about his new Autonomedia book
Thursday, April 23rd, 7:30 PM
at Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brookyn, NY 11217
The anonymous, autonomous Zurich-based author of "bolo’bolo" and "Akiba" offers a new practical proposal for reshaping the future, based on this prognosis of the present:
“Our economic system is stumbling from one collapse to the next…Our system is fundamentally flawed and destabilized by internal contradictions. To point out one of them: INCOME can only be generated by work, but work is getting scarce at the moment and will become even scarcer in the future. Thus the “purchasing power” that capital needs to realize value is strangulated by itself. These contradictions are being deferred into the future by financial manipulations…The metaphor of the train racing towards an abyss and the need to pull the emergency brake must spring to mind. Since the braking distance has meanwhile become longer than the distance to the abyss, we have to think in terms of parachutes.’’
Please join us!
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue