Friday, October 30, 2015

The Corner of Health and Wealth

The Cowry Collective Comes to the Healthy Food Hub

When Black Oaks Center participated in the September 2015,  Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions:  Climate Crisis Solutions: Tools for Transition Conference, alternative economics was at the top of the list of priorities to ensure quality of life come what may and a collective lowering of our carbon footprint.  Chinyere Oteh of theCowry Collective is leading the way to assist all of us in letting go of the power we all give to the "dead presidents" that we all feel forced to wrap our lives and priorities around.  Be sure to come to theOct. 31, 2015 Market Day when Chinyere will be sharing with members and guest about the St. Louis Mo. time bank she participates in and how we can start to generate alternative economics in our own community.
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Food: Access, Know-How, Comfort!

101s Bring An Alternative To Holiday Spending

Join us in November and December to learn how the sharing of your time and talents can enrich your life, bring you closer to what really matters, and relax into a stress-free holiday season focused on sharing, not spending!  Treat yourself to a private yoga session, guitar lessons or ethnic cooking know-how -- all possible through The Cowry Collective.

Monday, October 12, 2015

This Week With The Cowry Consortium!

Alternative Economics, Timebanking and Sovereignty in the Black Community

Chinyere E. Oteh, The Cowry Collective
YaVette Holts, Cowrie Village

What does an empowered Black economy look like?  What are the unique characteristics that define a thriving, culture-based economy?  How do we get there?

In this workshop, YaVette Holts, founder of  Cowrie Village, a Bay Area engine for Black-business-focused alternative economics  and Chinyere E. Oteh, founder of  The Cowry Collective, a St. Louis based timebank , will share on the history of collective, collaborative and mutual aid societies in African American culture  and about the history of timebanking in the United States, its ties to earlier currency throughout the world and it’s every day applications to improving quality of contemporary life, particularly for communities of color.   
Learn about the works going on inside  Cowrie Village and The Cowry Collective
 separately and jointly and how YOU can get involved in (re)building  a strong, gainful, and sustainable empowered Black economy.