Yue “Max” Li

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.

Max is a member of Flowers and Bullets, a local collective who believes that sustainability, art, and social justice are crucial tools to empower our community. Every day the collective strives to bring resources and opportunities to the midtown communities of Barrio Centro and Julia Keen because of the issues they face with respect to environmental, economic, and food disparities. With a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology and a research focus on biodiversity maintenance, Max understands that the stability of any living system relies on diversity, equality, mutualistic relationships, and balanced competition that disrupts hierarchies. With these elements arises the ability of infinite regeneration of natural, social and cultural capitals. Therefore, as a conservation research scientist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Max works to unite communities and to rebuild habitat that balances relationships among all living beings.