Nicole Koch

Developing Worker-Owned Cooperatives to Build a Regenerative Society -
14:00 pm 10/14/2019
Coconino, Tucson Convention Center

For a society to achieve long-term prosperity, it has to operate based on a deep respect to all members and to all living beings. The mission of the Tucson Cooperative Network is to promote and support the creation of cooperatives, growing a regenerative community with fair wages, equal rights, equity and mutual collaboration. We tell the stories of our network members, and share how we work together to realize our vision of a prosperous and resilient Tucson, with a strong ecosystem of cooperative businesses.

This session will be presented in both English and Spanish with a live translation.

Technicians For Sustainability is a solar design-build firm and worker cooperative in Tucson, with 19 co-owners currently. Nicole has been instrumental in business development, company culture setting, and transitioning to an employee owned cooperative. Nicole’s experience with the cooperative model started in housing in San Francisco in the 90’s, continued with her participation in an industry purchasing cooperative (Amicus Solar) and then a credit union devoted to financing the clean energy movement (Clean Energy Credit Union). The thread that has wound through all of these endeavors is a pursuit of creative alternatives that enhance individual lives and the broader community, through creating a more just and equitable economy.