From the Baltimore Post-Examiner's coverage of last weekend's "It's Our Economy" Conference:
"In the morning I attended the session on Overcoming Challenges to Strengthen our Cooperatives with Jim Johnson. Several Baltimore worker co-ops were present including Civilization Systems, 2640, Red Emma’s, and Charmingtons.
Cullen Nawalkowsky from Red Emma’s spoke about the uncertain future of books and coffee, “Who knows you might be able to download a book into your brain one day or coffee might come as a pill?”
Ian Schlakman - candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District - owns a worker cooperative with his wife, Vanessa Holub, named Civilization Systems. They are trying to get a good grasp on membership, according to Schlakman.