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San Francisco Bay Area Blueprint: Worker Cooperative Academy Design Framework. ...

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.

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  • 1   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Bay  Area  Blueprint   Crea9ng  Pathways  to  Ownership  for  Low  and   Moderate  Income  Workers  in  the  Inner  East  Bay   Design  Framework  
  • 2   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy     Overview   The  Bay  Area  Coop  Academy  is  one  component  of  the  Bay  Area  Blueprint.     A  collabora9ve  year-­‐long  effort  star9ng  in  April  2014,  the  Blueprint  looks  at   three  pathways  to  worker  ownership  for  Low-­‐  to  Moderate-­‐Income  (LMI)   workers:   •  Small  business  coopera9ve  entrepreneurship  (the  focus  of  the  Coop   Academy)   •  Scalable  worker  coops  startups,  and     •  Conversions  of  exis9ng  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  coopera9ves  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  par9cipants’  needs.  
  • 3   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Design   Framework   Par9cipants   Curriculum   Instructors,   Mentors,   Coaches   Delivery   Coop  Academy   Components  
  • 4   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   1.  ObjecBves   2.  ParBcipant   Profile   4.  Curriculum   Framework   3.  Outreach  &   SelecBon   Process   5.  Instructor   &  Mentor   Profile   Coop  Academy   Design  Framework  
  • 5   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   •  Expose  LMI  community  members  in  the  Inner  East  Bay  to  the   coopera9ve  business  model     –  120-­‐160  people  par9cipate  in  phase  1  (outreach  and  recruitment)   •  Help  3-­‐5  worker  coops  launch  or  grow     –  5-­‐7  teams  of  3  par9cipate  in  phases  2  &  3  (classroom  cohort  and   follow-­‐up  coaching  for  advanced  graduates)   –  Aiming  for  ~15-­‐20  par9cipants  total   Coop  Academy     1.  ObjecBves  
  • 6   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy     2.  ParBcipant  Profile   •  Individuals  directly  engaged  with  crea9ng  or  growing  worker-­‐ owned  coopera9ve  businesses     –  Coop  founders   –  Members  of  growing  coops   –  Coop  developers   •  Teams  with  strong  poten9al  for  business  success  &  job   crea9on  for  low-­‐  to  moderate-­‐income  workers     –  Planned  or  exis9ng  coopera9ves  commi;ed  to  growth   –  Highly  likely  to  transfer  Academy  training  to  new  job  crea9on   (business  launch  or  growth)  in  the  near  future  
  • 7   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy     3.  Outreach  &  SelecBon  Process   •  Outreach  and  networking  (April  –  May)   –  Generate  interest   –  Learn  about  universe  of  poten9al  applicants   –  Get  input  on  design   •  Invita9on  to  apply  (June)   –  Learn  about  prospec9ve  par9cipants’  strengths,  hopes,  ques9ons,   and  needs;  gauge  level  of  interest  and  fit   –  Refine  design  concepts  to  address  needs   –  Finalize  program  offering,  requirements  and  applica9on  
  • 8   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy     3.  Outreach  &  SelecBon  Process,  conBnued   •  Teams  submit  applica9ons   –  First  applica9on  deadline:  July  11   –  Rolling  applica9ons  accepted  through  August  1     •  Team  interviews   –  July  21  –  August  8   •  Par9cipants  selected  /  invited   –  August  15  –  September  1   –  Target:  5-­‐7  teams  commit  to  program  by  mid  to  late  August  
  • 9   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy   4.  Curriculum  Framework   •  The  curriculum  framework  is  designed  as  a  menu,  to   enable  the  specific  curriculum  delivery  to  be  tailored  to   the  group  of  par9cipants.     •  We  may  tailor  the  classroom  por9on  of  the  Academy  to   fit  the  needs  of  our  cohort  and  individual  par9cipants  by   making  some  classes  required  and  others  op9onal;  in  this   case,  we  will  work  with  each  team  to  determine  which  of   the  op9onal  sessions  they  will  a;end.    
  • 10   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy     4.  Curriculum  Framework   Content   Area:     Business                   Menu  of  topics,   adaptable  to   par3cipants’  needs       •  Business  feasibility  and  planning   •  Business  model  and  strategy   •  Marke9ng     •  Business  financing     •  Financial  planning  and   management   •  Growth  planning   •  Surplus,  profits  and  taxa9on  of   coopera9ves     •  Balancing  business  and  social  goals    
  • 11   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy     4.  Curriculum  Framework   Content   Area:     People  &   Culture           Menu  of  topics,   adaptable  to   par3cipants’  needs       •  Construc9ve  communica9on     •  Self  management     •  Conflict  management     •  Hiring,  firing  and  evalua9ng   employees,  candidates  for   membership  and  worker-­‐owners   •  Employee  à  Worker-­‐owner   transi9on   •  Building  a  healthy  organiza9onal   culture  for  the  long  haul    
  • 12   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy     4.  Curriculum  Framework   Content   Area:     CooperaBves         Menu  of  topics,   adaptable  to   par3cipants’  needs       •  Coopera9ve  principles     •  History  of  coops  in  the  United   States  and  around  the  world   •  Site  visits  to  Bay  Area  coops  
  • 13   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy     4.  Curriculum  Framework   Content   Area:   Governance   and   Management       Menu  of  topics,   adaptable  to   par3cipants’  needs       •  Management  models,  roles  and   processes   •  Governance  op9ons     •  Leadership  issues  in  coops   •  Decision  making  prac9ces   •  Effec9ve  mee9ng  prac9ces    
  • 14   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy     4.  Curriculum  Framework   Content   Area:   Legal  aspects           Menu  of  topics,   adaptable  to   par3cipants’  needs       •  En9ty  forma9on     •  Raising  capital   •  Corporate  governance   •  Employment  law  issues   •  Taxa9on  of  coopera9ves  
  • 15   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy     4.  Curriculum  Framework   Content   Area:   Coop   Development               Menu  of  topics,   adaptable  to   par3cipants’  needs       •  Coop  development  cycle  from   feasibility  to  maturity       •  Pros,  cons  &  ethics  of  different   development  models   •  Components  of  a  development   process:  TA,  training,  management,   governance,  other   •  Defining  roles  and  authority  of   developer  and  coop     •  Resourcing  a  development  process:   funding  and  other  resources    
  • 16   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   Coop  Academy   5.  Instructor  &  Mentor  Profile   •  Instructors   –  Knowledgeable  about  content   –  Able  to  adapt  to  help  par9cipants  apply  concepts  to  their  businesses   –  Skilled  in  par9cipatory,  problem-­‐based  teaching  techniques  (popular   educa9on)   •  Mentors   –  Successful  coops  or  small  businesses  suppor9ve  of  coop  model     –  Strong  prac99oners  in  at  least  one  content  area   –  Industry  match  with  Mentees,  where  possible    
  • 17   Worker  Coop  Academy  Design  by   Blueprint  Collabora9ve  is  licensed   under  a  Crea9ve  Commons     A;ribu9on-­‐NonCommercial-­‐ ShareAlike  4.0  Interna9onal  License.   For  more  informaBon,  visit  SELC’s  website:   www.theselc.org/worker-­‐cooperaBve-­‐academy   A  project  of  the  Blueprint  CollaboraBve