Thursday, August 23, 2011 New Stanford Grad Joins our Team TeamWorks is pleased to welcome Ingrid Hernandez as a Manager at the landscape cooperativ

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Thursday, August 23, 2011

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New Stanford Grad Joins our Team

TeamWorks is pleased to welcome Ingrid Hernandez as a Manager at the landscape cooperative. An immigrant from Guatemala, she just graduated with a degree in Management Science and Engineering. Ingrid has been active in social justice issues for years, ranging from human rights for Darfur to advocating for the Dream Act.

"I've been looking for a way to reconcile my interests in business and in genuinely serving my community, so I've been really excited to learn about cooperatives and to join TeamWorks. I think that together we we can do great things!"

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Sustainable Landscape Cooperative Asks for Your Partnership

Our new landscape cooperative just opened this spring and already has 16 regular repeating customers!

We have learned that there is a market for a "basic green" alternative to "mow and blow" service. We don't use pesticides or chemical fertilizers and offer electric equipment options. Most importantly, we are a team of dedicated people who have come together to create green jobs for ourselves and the community.

We are in a campaign to find 23 more clients by the end of October. This will put the cooperative on firm financial footing for the slower winter months. Please think of anyone you know who lives in our service area (primarily Palo Alto - Mountain View - Los Gatos and immediate surrounding towns) and forward them this newsletter or provide them with this link:

Thank you for your partnership!

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TeamWorks' Founder Elected to U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives Board

David Smathers Moore was just elected to the Board of Directors of the USFWC. Founded only in 2004, the Federation is now regularly contacted by national media, government agencies, and community organizations that are searching for new development strategies as the mainstream economy falters. The USFWC represents more than 70 worker-owned cooperatives.


Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young, directors of five films shown nationally on PBS including Good Food about the local food movement, recently visited TeamWorks. They are working on a PBS documentary about worker cooperatives for which they interviewed leaders of our TeamWorks Sustainable Landscape Maintenance cooperative. This fall, they will be shooting at the Mondragon cooperatives in Spain and plan to have the documentary done within a year. Read more on the website and blog for the film Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work.

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Did you know...

The United Nations has designated 2012 as the International Year of the Cooperative.
The worker cooperative movement has roots going back to the Rochdale Pioneers in England in the 1840s; it was strengthened by the emergence of the Mondragon cooperative experience in Spain in 1956.

About TeamWorks

The TeamWorks Cooperative Network consists of two cooperatives -- TeamWorks Cleaning and TeamWorks Sustainable Landscape Maintenance -- plus a project that nurtures the development of leadership, technical knowledge, and financing needed to further develop cooperatives.

Our mission is to advance worker-cooperatives as a practical way to create a socially-just and stable economy. We believe that capital is a tool that should be subordinate to democratic and human values, and that many entrepreneurs, workers, managers, and communities would prefer to use capital in this way if they knew how.

Many of our cooperatives' member-owners have little formal education, would have been unlikely to become business owners before joining TeamWorks, and report that the learning and economic advancement they have experienced is life-changing.

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