Following on the heels of their Spring 2013 issue, How Cooperatives Are Driving the New Economy, Bainbridge Island-based YES! Magazine is hosting a celebration of the local cooperatives movement in Seattle. The party’s theme, “We Heart Co-ops!” refers to more than the grocery co-ops that come immediately to mind—think worker-owned cooperatives like Equal Exchange Espresso in Ballard, community land trusts like Seattle-based Homestead CLT, credit unions, and cooperative purchasing groups like the Seattle Farm Co-op.
YES! will be the May host of the monthly Seattle Greendrinks mixer (part of an international network of events, now entering its 10th year). Co-op experts from across Puget Sound will be on hand to answer questions about starting cooperative groups, connecting with start-up funds and other local resources, and joining existing cooperative endeavors.
The popular building salvage store Second Use, recently relocated from South Park to 6th Avenue in SODO, offers a unique site for the networking event. In Seattle Greendrinks tradition, the event features free food and beverages from partnering organizations: Central Co-op, Fremont Brewing, Wilridge Winery, Snoqualmie Ice Cream, and Raaka Chocolate. Vintage decor from Second Use's eclectic inventory, puppets and banners courtesy of the Fremont Arts Council (producers of the Fremont Solstice Parade), live DJ, on-site photo booth, and door prizes round out the evening’s festivities.