ANNOUNCEMENT: CTUL, Jobs with Justice, and SEIU to participate in 2019 Transform Finance Cohort! (3/14/19)

2019 Transform Finance Cohort: The Future of Workers is Now

 

In the face of eroding labor rights, the offshoring and outsourcing of jobs, and the rise of contingent work, worker justice organizations continue to protect and improve the lives of millions of US workers. Decisions by financial actors continue to be at odds with worker well-being; as our work has shown, shareholder primacy is increasingly one of the biggest threats to workers. At the same time, we see a new willingness from the world of finance to engage differently with workers.  

This presents a window of opportunity for strategies and tactics that target capital in new ways, going beyond more traditional divestment and shareholder advocacy. Building on Transform Finance’s prior work to support activists and social justice leaders in their engagement with finance, the 2019 Transform Finance Cohort will bring together worker justice organizations to explore and integrate a "capital flank" to their existent strategies and goals that adds to more traditional engagement with capital.

What will the cohort do?

Over the course of nine months, four to six Cohort members will participate in in-person trainings/gatherings to learn about key financial actors and their leverage points; right-size potential engagements with capital for their work; and develop partnerships and paths forward for integration and implementation. Additionally, members will participate in virtual discussions to share their progress and pain points with peers. Members will have access to individualized technical assistance (most likely remote) from field leaders to refine their engagements with capital.

To learn more about the agenda, click here.

Who is the 2019 cohort for?

Ideal 2019 Cohort members:

  • Represent a worker justice organization that has developed/is developing a defined campaign or social change effort

  • See the value of adding a new engagement with capital to their goals and strategies

  • Have the organizational capacity to integrate a tool into their existent campaign strategy

  • Are interested in a range of strategies with investors (i.e., partnership, opposition, etc.)

  • Are keen to learn about finance as a way to reclaim it for good

  • Are able to participate fully in all in-person and virtual activities

*Each organization must have 2 individuals participate in the Cohort. This is intended to increase organizational buy-in and ensure full organizational participation in all sessions.

Cohort members will gain:

  • Strategic knowledge about the financial ecosystem, its actors and their pressure points

  • A tailored, self-identified engagement with capital for their organization to integrate into their efforts

  • Ongoing individualized feedback on tool integration into their strategy from peers, experts in the field, and Transform Finance

  • Opportunities to workshop tools with select members of the Transform Finance Investor Network, aligned investment actors and other friends of Transform Finance

  • Shared experiences and connections with peers looking to engage differently with capital

COST: Free. To maximize accessibility and minimize financial barriers, Transform Finance will offer the Cohort to members at no charge. If travel costs are prohibitive, please write to us.

 
 
The above tools & interventions are intended to be illustrative, not exhaustive or prescriptive. through the cohort, members will identify tools and interventions (not necessarily from the above list) they believe would best integrate into their existent work.

The above tools & interventions are intended to be illustrative, not exhaustive or prescriptive. through the cohort, members will identify tools and interventions (not necessarily from the above list) they believe would best integrate into their existent work.

 

The priority application deadline is Monday, March 4, 2019. Priority applicants will have the opportunity to contribute to agenda content. Transform Finance will do its best to work with priority applicants to meet their specific needs. The final application deadline is Monday, March 18, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their status on a rolling basis, with all applicants notified no later than March 25, 2019.

If you’d like to speak with us directly, please contact Eric at eric@transformfinance.org.