COOPERATIVE DESIGN LAB FACILITATORS:
CDL is run cooperatively using open and collaborative project management practices. Our co-facilitators are trainers, consultants, cooperative developers, curriculum developers, project coordinators, educators and alumni who are passionate about cooperatives and building resilient local economies and communities. We often do short consults to asses the readiness companies for conversion to a co-op or facilitate an intervention to make your organization more collaborative and cooperative.
None of us make a living solely by doing this work; we are also cooks, graphic designers, parents, permaculturists, beekeepers, bookkeepers, computer systems engineers, farmers and gardeners, innkeepers, musicians, activists, and researchers.
Rachel Lyn Rumson
Rachel Lyn's organizational development practice is steeped in action research. Rachel Lyn loves to increase engagement and participation in groups and in the economy. She is interested in projects that creatively invest in living, social and cultural capital. She is a capacity-builder and sets containers for emergence, design, and connection to happen. In addition to coordinating Cooperative Design Lab, Rachel Lyn runs a homestead B&B with her partner Mike Joyce in Gray Maine, develops curriculum and consults for Cooperative Development Institute, and facilitates permaculture design courses with the Center for an Ecology-based Economy in Norway, Maine. This is her fourth year co-hosting CDL.
As someone who always felt more comfortable working within horizontal leadership structures, Kate naturally became drawn to cooperative models. Her work has been driven by an interest in human relationship, privilege, and culture, which she has explored through the lens of social work, cooperative venture, Permaculture, and travel. An enthusiastic participant in the gig economy, Kate is an aspiring Permaculture designer and teacher, seasonal worker at Fedco Seeds (a worker co-op in Clinton, ME), runs the Maine Fiddle Camp kitchen (an explosion of local food and traditional music), and organizes volunteers at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen in Portland. When she's not co-facilitating Cooperative Design Lab, she dabbles in making plant medicine, playing music, beekeeping and brewing beer.
Angela is actively engaged in co-creating new models for multi-generational intentional community living, land stewardship and regenerative business practices. A deep-rooted inspiration to reconnect people with the natural rhythms of our world has been the driving force behind Angela's work. For 20 yrs+ she has hosted and organized large events and seasonal festivals, some drawing crowds of nearly 20,000 visitors. She has an early childhood education certification in Waldorf tradition, is a graduate of the Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources Small Farm Business course series, has apprenticed in natural building techniques at The EcoVillage Training Center located at The Farm Community in Tennessee, and is an alumni of Cooperative Design Lab here in Maine. Angela is mother to a very vibrant, intuitive daughter of the new Earth paradigm, a naturally gifted empath and an accomplished amateur astrologer. The organization that she co-founded, The Farming Artists Cooperative, is currently the site of the next iteration of Cooperative Design Lab.
Past CDL Collaborators
Sara Perry is a yoga teacher, bartender and a mom of four. She has a vision for a business that brings wellness to her community and fosters a workplace of well people. She lives in Brunswick with her family. Sara is an Cooperative Fermentation alum and CDL9 co-facilitator. She is working on a Cooperative Plan for a vegan cafe in Bath, Maine and yoga studio with Nathan Cowing.
Nathan Cowing wants to create workplaces that do not suck the life out of the people that work there. He is a creative person who expresses himself through music, drawing, woodworking, and plant based cuisine among other things. He currently lives in a familial farmhouse in Dresden, Maine with his wife Jennifer, their new son and their seven cats. He is an Cooperative Fermentation alum and CDL9 co-facilitator. Along with Sara, he is working on a Cooperative Plan for a vegan cafe and yoga studio in Bath, Maine.
Jonah is the founder of Cooperative Design Lab. He is working as a cooperative developer with CDI serving rural cooperatives. Jonah is a cooperator, organizer, cook, teacher, facilitator, farmer, artist and father. He co-founded Local Sprouts Cooperative in Portland, Maine and helped to develop it from an idea into a successful worker-owned cafe, catering business and learning programs. He also started the People’s Free Space, a community space and project in Portland, and the Burdock Gathering, a community learning gathering in Central Maine. He most recently co-founded the Machigonne Community Land Trust in Portland and the Portland Urban Agriculture Sub-Committee that is part of the Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System.
Joe is a Cooperative Developer for the Democracy at work Institute, focusing on rural areas of the Northeast. He became a baker at cooperatively-owned Arizmendi Bakery in San Francisco in 2003, and in 2007 joined the Arizmendi Association's Development and Support Cooperative, providing bookkeeping and training services to a growing network of businesses. In 2010 Joe helped launch two new bakeries for the Association. After moving to Upstate New York, Joe served as the Finance Manager for GreenStar Cooperative Market for three years, and was a founding organizer of the New York Cooperative Network. He joined DAWI in 2015. Joe has a Master's degree in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Communities from the New College of California. He maintains a library of worker cooperative literature and videos at American.coop.
Annie spent three glorious years as a worker-owner of Pedal People Cooperative in Northampton, MA before moving to New York City where she now resides with her dog Ernie. She began her work with ABC Bookkeeping as an intern with the Democracy At Work Network, helping ABC craft its cooperative bylaws and operations protocols. She is now a certified DAWN Peer Advisor and she provides accounting and consulting services as a full member-owner of ABC. Annie is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the vibrant cooperative movement in NYC and beyond.
Abby and her partner Jake Galle run Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham which produces certified organic, grass-fed beef, goat and lamb as well as certified organic eggs and poultry (broilers, geese and turkeys). Abby works with new farmers as the course facilitator of MOFGA Farm Beginnings, a whole farm planning course. As a consultant, Abby works in a variety of roles aimed at helping both farmers and organizations with grant writing and project management.