JUNE NEWSLETTER – EDA Elections are here!
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Announcing EDA's 1st Democratic Election

Dear <<First Name>>,

We are excited to announce that EDA will be holding its first democratic election this month.

Have you considered running for office?

The mission of EDA’s Governing Circle and members is to actively shape our economy – to create a democratic economy that serves the needs of everyone by preserving the vital resources on which we all depend. We are a cooperative. We all own this process. It will be whatever we make it.

If you are interested in running for office and joining us as we step into the next level of our evolution, there are two ways to participate:
  1. Become a candidate
  2. Vote


1. President, Treasurer, Secretary and three individual members of the Mediation Body
Candidate submission date: July 16
Elections will be held: July 30 - August 2 on Loomio
Election results announcement date: August 2

2. Three individual At-Large Trustees
Candidate submission date: August 2
Elections will be held: August 13 - August 16 on Loomio
Election results announcement date: August 16


Candidates (and voters) must be an Active Member of EDA in order to apply. If you are not already an Active Member, please join hereTo find out more about EDA Membership go to our website.

Candidates submitting applications for the nine positions under consideration must include:
  • a CV or resume, a statement of relevant experiences and/or personal qualifications;
  • a description, 500 words or less and written in the first person, on why the candidate wants to hold this position;
  • a headshot (passport photo is acceptable).
Additional information on the election process will be available for Active Members on our network platform, Loomio.

This is a very exciting time at EDA. It’s not too late to become an Active Member or to serve the Governing circle by running for office and/or voting.

We hope you join us!

EDA Election Team

EDA's 2nd Annual Convention:
Democracy in Action

Our Convention for a New Social Contract last month in Philadelphia was a powerful testament to the dedication and commitment of our members.

The Cooperative Charter had already gone through four major revisions, and much of our time together focused on going through the document section by section, leading to final ratification. This intensive year-long process culminated in a signing ceremony Sunday morning, which marked a historic turning point for EDA.

EDA founders with the signed Cooperative Charter. From L to R: Patti Ellis, Eva Simenson, Wayne Wilson, Jacelyn Eckman and George Catlin

The Charter is both a 'Declaration' of purpose for EDA and a ‘Constitution’ or articles of self-organization for our operations as a democratic commons. The final document will be made public shortly – keep your eyes open for an announcement. 

In Philadelphia, convention attendees also went into the historic center to visit Independence Hall, where this country’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed nearly 250 years ago. While it was the Founders’ example that inspired us to hold our gathering in the same city, none of us anticipated the magnitude of our own experience where a small group of individuals working together emerged from the event so much more powerful than the sum of our parts.

We know we can replicate this in future efforts, working together to realize EDA’s primary goal to advocate with our elected officials and others in positions of power and influence “for practical measures to meet the essential needs of all people through cooperative labor, ecologically-balanced production and distributive networks.” This is what we’re up to and who we are.


This next year (from mid-2018 to mid-2019) will be full of activity as we begin to turn our focus from laying down a solid foundation to building out into the world. What does that mean? Expanding our biocapacity research, growing our educational efforts, creating an advocacy training program and, of course, assuring our success in these (and other) ventures by finding the best possible people to carry this work forward through an election and search process.

That’s you. Join us!

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