Digital Labor

Omar Freilla


Omar Freilla founded Green Worker Cooperatives out his love for personal and community transformation, a passion for democracy and the environment, and a commitment to blazing trails and making another world possible. Omar has over 12 years of experience in business development focusing on cooperatives and green business with an equal number of years as a social justice organizer and advocate focusing on challenging environmental racism, economic injustice, and sexism. He co-curated the New York City portion of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. His writings have appeared in numerous books, blogs, and articles and he has been featured in several documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary “The 11th Hour.” Omar has received numerous awards for his work, including the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism and has been featured in Ebony Magazine’s annual Power 100 list and The Root 100. He holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science from Miami University of Ohio and a B.S. from Morehouse College, where he also founded the organization Black Men for the Eradication of Sexism. Omar also enjoys making things grow as a loving father, husband and gardener.

The Co-op Academy
Omar will share about the growing worker cooperative movement in NYC and what’s involved in starting a worker cooperative. He will discuss the opportunities available to anyone who wants to start a worker cooperative and in particular, will describe the Co-op Academy, a cooperative business boot camp for worker co-op startups run by Green Worker Cooperatives that takes place twice a year in the Bronx.

​Student Town Hall
Fri, November 13
04:00 PM - 05:50 PM

Co-op Development: Incubators and Decelerators
Fri, November 13
02:00 PM - 03:50 PM