Walter and McBean Galleries
Conversation » Jeff Ray
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 12:00pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
Jeff Ray has been a member of the Rainbow Grocery Cooperative for nearly 25 years, and he played a pivotal role in transforming the Adobe Bookshop into a cooperatively owned business last year. A musician and visual artist, as well as a community organizer, he has dedicated his career to fostering cooperative models and community. Occurring on the benches, the workshop will encourage the idea that any group of people working towards a collective goals—utopian, academic, religious, or other—must constantly its aims and place a strong emphasis on thoughtful and respectful communication.
Ray will be joined by members of Mondragón University, a higher education cooperative based in the Basque region of Spain that is jointly owned by its academic and administrative staff. Founded in 1997 by a collection of cooperatives dating back to 1943, the institution now has 9,000 students. A lively debate and discussion about transforming SFAI into a worker-owned cooperative will apply the lessons in effective meeting practices gained during the workshop.
Presented in partnership with the SFAI Student Union.
Untitled (Mondragón University, Spain)
Courtesy of Mondragón Corporation