Sara Vicari, PhD, is a socio-economic researcher, expert on qualitative and participatory methods, passionate about cooperatives and their role in sustainable human development. She has built her expertise working with primary cooperatives, apex organizations, international institutions and academia.
In 2019, together with Andrea Mancori, videomaker, they founded aroundtheworld.coop, and in partnership with the International Co-operative Alliance, they travelled across the five continents documenting and telling stories of innovative cooperatives. All the videos are available here:
Since 2019 Sara has also been a Postdoc Research fellow at the Department of Economics of Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy.
Among her passions, Sara loves writing. “Tana Libera Tutte!” is her first novel that is about sisterhood, empathy and collective action (in Italian – edited by Doithuman). Sara fluently speaks Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Cathy Goldsmith, Member of The Cheese Board Collective: 1995-2020
as a cheese shop and bakery in 1971, we expanded to include a pizzeria in 1983. In the 90’s we began a project to seed new cooperatives based on our recipes and on our model of governance. This project eventually became the foundation for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives.
Collective Works, I helped develop and maintain our website, helped plan the first parklet in Berkeley, created new bakery products, participated in planning the physical expansion of our store, and helped coordinate the installation of a new deck oven. One of my great joys of working at the Cheese Board, was being able to pursue an idea, and then working with my coworkers to bring that vision to reality.