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Equal Exchange Summits 2018

Join us for One of Our Summits in 2018! 

Our Summits aim to create a space for Action Forum members, Equal Exchange worker-owners, and farmer partners to network, connect, and work together toward the creation of a people’s food system. This past year we have begun to sow the seeds for a grassroots movement to build a truly democratic food system, and we need your participation. This year we are hosting two Equal Exchange Summits. One will be our second annual Summit at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, down the street from our headquarters. The other will be at Loyola University in the heart of Chicago, IL.

Join Us -Equal Exchange Northeast Summit 2018

WHEN: Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, 2018

WHAT: This will be our second annual Equal Exchange Summit and gathering of the entire Equal Exchange community that connects all parts of our supply chain. Our goals are to organize Action Forum members, farmer partners, and worker-owners together in this physical space.

DAY ONE

  • Workshops including our producer partners discussing their supply chains, the mainstreaming of the Fair Trade movement, consolidation of the food system, alternative co-op models, and more. See below for more details on some of our speakers!
  • Our Keynote speakers will be Abel Fernandez from CONACADO in the Dominican Republic and Gautam Mohan of Tea Promoters of India (TPI).
  • Party at our headquarters with Equal Exchange staff and other Action Forum members. 

DAY TWO
This day is devoted to Action Forum members getting together to discuss, and plan on how we can organize ourselves to build a more democratic food system in the upcoming year and beyond.

WHERE: Stonehill College in North Easton, MA and Equal Exchange Headquarters in West Bridgewater, MA 

*Food and accommodation will be provided by Equal Exchange on Thursday, June 7, and Friday, June 8.

Gautam Mohan is the Organic and Social Development Director at Tea Promoters India (TPI). TPI has been a pioneer in producing Organic and Biodynamic Darjeeling teas. Gautam holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Reading, UK and a Masters of Science degree in Development from the London School of Economics. As part of his practical training, Gautam briefly worked at the Dottenfelder Hof farms in Germany. He is currently engaged with several organic farmers’ Cooperatives and Tea Gardens in India and has five years of cumulative work experience in marketing Organic and Biodynamic products.

 

Join Us for Equal Exchange's Midwest Summit 2018

WHEN: Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 9, 2018

WHAT: This will be our first-ever Midwest Equal Exchange Summit and gathering of the entire Equal Exchange community that connects all parts of our supply chain. Our goals are to organize Action Forum members, farmer partners, and worker-owners together in this physical space.

DAY ONE

  • Workshops including our producer partners discussing their supply chains, the mainstreaming of the Fair Trade movement, consolidation of the food system, alternative co-op models, and more. See below for more details on some of our speakers!
  • Our Keynote speakers will be our coffee producer partners from CESMACH in Mexico.
     

DAY TWO
This day is devoted to Action Forum members getting together to discuss, and plan on how we can organize ourselves to build a more democratic food system in the upcoming year and beyond.

WHERE: Schreiber Center at Loyola University 16 E. Pearson St. Chicago, IL 60611

*Food and accommodation will be provided by Equal Exchange on Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 8.

 

How to Participate

  1. Want to become an Action Forum member and join us for one of our Summits? RSVP here. 
  2. Please respond by May 29, 2018 so we know you're coming.   

Questions? Feel free to contact us at eeactionforum@equalexchange.coop