How Much Outside Help Do Worker Co-ops Need to Get to Scale? | Rooflines

Article by Steve Dubb on Mondragon, the growing worker coop movement in the U.S. and what’s needed to bring worker cooperatives to scale:

“Negotiating the balance between providing outside support and empowering worker-owners to be lead agents in their own success also requires clear communication. ‘The relationships between the developer, the co-op, and any other local partners must be carefully designed (usually by the developer) and understood and agreed to by all,’ Abell writes [in her recent report for The Democracy Collaborative, Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale]. Five years is a common incubation period, with continuing supports (outside board members, ongoing training) even after the co-op is on its own.”

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