Cooperatives are uniquely positioned to address today’s grand challenges, from growing wealth inequality, to climate change, to the increasing divide between America’s rural and urban communities. Co-ops are driven by member problem-solving and innovation. They build wealth through ownership and champion concern for community.
Join this program to learn about the Richland Gro-Op cooperative approach to solving environmental, social, and economic challenges. Our goal is to share the ways that cooperative businesses can drive sustainable development.
9:55 a.m. -- Waiting room opens
10:00 a.m. -- Jeff Sharp, PhD, director, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ryan Schmiesing, PhD, vice provost for outreach and engagement, The Ohio State University, and Cathann A. Kress, PhD, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) provide welcome remarks
Special guest Doug O’Brien, president and CEO, National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International provides additional remarks
10:20 a.m. -- Richland Gro-Op cooperative, featuring Matthew Stanfield, board president, Richland Gro Op, and Walt Bonham, founder, gardener, farmer, and chef, The Food Lab. This conversation will be facilitated by Kip Curtis, PhD, associate professor, Department of History, The Ohio State University
11:00 a.m. -- Audience Q & A
11:10 a.m. -- Closing comments from Tom Worley, PhD, director, CFAES Center for Cooperatives, and Dr. Sharp
Program Partners: CFAES Center for Cooperatives and Sustainability Institute at Ohio State