Worker Managed Co-Operatives

Started by Tony Budak, June 15, 2012, 12:57:00 am

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Stephanie Rearick

hi!

Sorry to be jumping in late but I"m very interested in this. Our November Builders' Workshop will be focused deeply on cooperative structures and I'd love for you all to join us. In the meantime though let's talk more about what it might mean. I'm not attached to a particular org. structure and actually prefer to avoid a formal structure in favor of a loose affiliation. But perhaps formal structure is needed to manage ownership of assets. I mainly want a way that the network can take responsibility for its own expenses and its own resources, like software and peer support. I think we should structure in a way that minimizes the need for paid staff and maximizes the application of co-production to our own sustainability. How to do that? Who knows? It's another experiment, like all of timebanking. We need to make it work for ourselves and then will understand better how to help communities make it work for them.

Just my preliminary thoughts here...

thanks for starting this discussion!
-steph

Marie Nelson

Thanks, Autumn,
I knew about SELC, but n ot about the Restakis talk. It's packed with good information.
Marie

Tony Budak

OK I'm glad to see Terry and Linda on the video, thanks so much.

Yeah the emoticons are  :D
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Autumn Rooney

http://youtu.be/cgI24bsgHao
Linda and Terry are coop geeks

I love these emoticons
Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks
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CA Federation of Time Banks
www.cafederationoftimebanks.com

Tony Budak

Don't know him, if you have his email, perhaps you can send a emial. Oh BTW,  this system provides a direct way to send an email. See the button, 'send this topic'.

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Gretchen Zalkind

Quote from: Autumn Rooney on June 15, 2012, 04:51:59 pm
I think that reinventing the TBUSA Network as a Cooperative was Stephanie's idea. We should get her on here. I really don't want Edgar to spend his pension on keeping the Network alive. We need to change for everyone's sake.  :(


Hi Autumn and Tony and everyone else....When Stephanie was here in New Orleans last fall she mentioned a "TimeBank of TimeBanks." I think that going co-op will to be the best way to move forward....not sure what it looks like - but I'm in!!

Autumn Rooney

It's OK Marie. We can learn from at Youtube Videos. You can listen to them while your cleaning the house and other stuff. I'll get that book Tony.
xo A

http://www.mightysmallfilms.com/This_Way_Out.html

http://youtu.be/R4buC9Ih_ZQ

http://www.theselc.org/programs/cooperatives/
Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks
http://arroyoseco.timebanks.org/
CA Federation of Time Banks
www.cafederationoftimebanks.com

Autumn Rooney

I think that reinventing the TBUSA Network as a Cooperative was Stephanie's idea. We should get her on here. I really don't want Edgar to spend his pension on keeping the Network alive. We need to change for everyone's sake.  :(
Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks
http://arroyoseco.timebanks.org/
CA Federation of Time Banks
www.cafederationoftimebanks.com

Marie Nelson

I'm very interested in this topic, though I don't have time to read another book right now. I have about five backed up to read!:
That said, I'd love to learn about key concepts here.
Marie

Tony Budak

June 15, 2012, 04:11:14 am #3 Last Edit: June 15, 2012, 04:12:45 am by TonyBudak
Hi Autumn,

May I suggest that your leader team that is interested obtain this book/manual, Putting Democracy To Work; Second Edition Frank T. Adams and Gary B. Hansen. Do not get it from Amazon but buy it from http://ica-group.org/publications/ you will save 30% and help ICA and the Co-Op movement. Perhaps folks would use the business dream and the book and have book club meetings and discussions.

Thanks for being an innovator Autumn. You lead in getting time bank members to see that co-production is a easy learning step toward worker self-managed enterprises. You must be highly complimented, it's a great idea and it's one way to help ourselves and others to survive in these times.

ICR,  Tony
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Autumn Rooney

June 15, 2012, 01:35:42 am #2 Last Edit: June 15, 2012, 01:47:30 am by Autumn Rooney
Would love to explore this. Thanks for making this wiki Tony. I've been meaning to contact these folks up north, The California Center for Cooperative Development. http://www.cccd.coop/

We could ask them how to do it but I think you have to buy a membership.
Autumn
Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks
http://arroyoseco.timebanks.org/
CA Federation of Time Banks
www.cafederationoftimebanks.com

Tony Budak

June 15, 2012, 12:57:00 am #1 Last Edit: June 15, 2012, 01:13:44 am by TonyBudak
How to take a co-production effort and develop it into a member managed worker co-operative? What is the first step, where to start, comments please??
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