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San Francisco Bay Area Blueprint: Worker Cooperative Academy Design Framework.
The Bay Area Coop Academy is one component of the Bay Area Blueprint.
A collaborative year-long effort starting in April 2014, the Blueprint looks at three pathways to worker ownership for Low- to Moderate-Income (LMI) workers:
Small business cooperative entrepreneurship (the focus of the Coop Academy)
Scalable worker coops startups, and
Conversions of existing businesses to worker ownership
Depending on the success of the Coop Academy pilot, we may seek ways to make it an ongoing program. As part of the Blueprint, we are also undertaking a related effort to design a course on cooperatives at Laney College.
This document is a design framework for the pilot run of the Coop Academy. The framework is meant to be flexible so that final design of the program can be responsive to participants’ needs.