Location: Westaff conference room, 74 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401
Meeting 5:30 PM, May 1, 2017.
The KBTL Board is pleased to announce that today, Thursday, June 1, at 4:30 PM, acclaimed author and researcher, Marjorie Kelly, will speak on the benefits and practicality of local ownership, at the Peace and Justice Center, 60 Lake St., in Burlington. This event is free and open to the public.
Ms. Kelly is in town to deliver the Keynote at the 2017 Vermont Employee Ownership Center 2017 Conference on Friday, June 2 at the UVM Davis Center (registration required).
Marjorie Kelly was co-founder and for 20 years president of Business Ethics magazine, known for its annual ranking of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. She served as director or advisory board member for Willy Street Co-op, the Center for Corporate Governance and Accountability at George Washington University Law School, the Strategic Corporate Initiative, and other projects. Currently, she serves on the National Board of Advisors for CUNY School of Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic.
She is the author of “Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution” (2012), about which Bill McKibbin said, “This magnificent book is a kind of recipe for how civilization might cope with its too-big-to-fail problem…”, and Jeffrey Hollender, cofounder and former CEO, Seventh Generation said “…The future belongs to the alternative forms of ownership Kelly writes about. This is a book the world desperately needs.”,
Her previous book, The Divine Right of Capital, was named one of Library Journal’s 10 Best Business Books of 2001. Kelly’s writings and op-eds have appeared in many publications, including Harvard Business Review, New England Law Review, Chief Executive, Boston Globe, Yes! Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle.
There will be an Alternative Models for Businesses “Teach-In” 7 PM, June 19 at Burlington City Arts, 2nd Floor. Featuring Roberta MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Cabot Creamery Cooperative and Kenneth Merritt, who led the drafting of the Vermont Benefit Corporation (“B Corp”) legislation. This event is sponsored by City Council President, Jane Knodell.
Why? Because Burlington Telecom is about to be sold. The question is, to whom — A typical corporation or someone else? The purpose of this event is to inform City councilors, BTAB (Burlington Telecom Advisory Board), and the general public about the benefits and costs of alternatives to the typical corporate model.
Refreshments will be served.
Please come to this event to learn more about these alternatives and to show your support for cooperative ownership of BT.
We Submitted a Bid — What’s Next?
A Membership information meeting on June 22 at 7 PM (location to be announced).
The City’s next step is to narrow the field to between three and five finalists and to present their bids to the council sometime in July. Our bid places our community in the position of being in the driver’s seat to ensure we have long-term community equity in this enterprise. But all supporters are now needed to inform our representatives and our neighbors.
Come with your questions, and come prepared to volunteer to help us spread the word about our bid.
Please look at the Volunteer page on our website:
We’ll be looking for people to post lawn signs, host informational house parties, post to their Front Porch Forum, and attend BTAB and City Council meetings.
While you’re there, check all of the options that work for you, and please don’t hesitate to suggest others by contacting us via the Contact page:
You can also contact us directly at [email protected]
Your Board of Directors, Alan Matson, Andy Montroll, Alan Wagener, David Lansky, David Mount, Megan Epler Wood