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Peace & Justice April 18 – Economics and Worker Cooperatives

Written by on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Our first guest Wednesday will be Tracey Collins, Assistant Professor of Economics at New College. Professor Collins’s research focus is primarily in the field of Economic Growth and Development. She has researched the role that technology diffusion plays in a country’s pattern of growth and the effect that trade liberalization has on technology diffusion. She has investigated the transition of the Russian Federation from a centralized to a market economy, and she is currently analyzing the determinants of sustainable and equitable economic growth and development.

Professor Collins has worked internationally for two Fortune 500 companies. She worked in the Purchasing, Logistics, and Accounting Departments of Siemens AG in Germany and Spain. She was hired by HP in Barcelona, Spain, and she worked for a division of HP that eventually split off from the company and was subsequently renamed Agilent Technologies. After her short stint at Agilent Technologies, she worked in the Marketing Department of Pirelli Tyres SpA in Spain and Italy, eventually becoming one of the youngest junior managers at the company. Professor Collins has travelled to almost 60 countries in North, Central, and South America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and she speaks fluent German and Spanish.

Our second guest Wednesday will be Judith Turner, Executive Director of Florida Cooperative Empowered Economic Development (CEED). She’ll talk about Florida CEED’s mission – to provide cooperative business education and assistance. CEED’s vision is to serve as a community centric resource center that raises awareness about the benefits of cooperatives through education and technical assistance that helps creates cooperative businesses.