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The Blueprint Collaborative: Increasing Worker Ownership in Low-Income Communities

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The Blueprint Collaborative held a live webinar where we went over the Worker Coop Academy, what it will offer to potential participants, what categories of participants we are accepting, and what the commitment from each team will be. We also answered questions from the audience.

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  • While more research is clearly needed, there is evidence to show that worker co-ops and ESOPs provide substantial benefits to individuals, business and society. For example, here are some compelling data points.

    REFER TO WORKER COOPERATIVES: PATHWAYS TO SCALE and provide copies. You can take this back to your communities to help drive change.
  • The Blueprint Collaborative: Increasing Worker Ownership in Low-Income Communities

    1. 1. 1 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Bay Area Blueprint Creating Pathways to Ownership for Low and Moderate Income Workers in the Inner East Bay Info Session
    2. 2. 2 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Bay Area Blueprint Overview This pilot run of the Worker Coop Academy is one component of the Bay Area Blueprint for Increasing Worker Ownership, a year-long effort that started in April 2014. The Blueprint is creating actionable feasibility studies and pilots across three pathways to increase worker ownership for LMI workers: 1. Cooperative start up and growth assistance through education, business coaching, and legal advice (Worker Coop Academy); 2. Incubating or accelerating scalable cooperatives; and 3. Converting existing businesses to worker ownership. During the pilot year, we are also designing a course at Laney College. After evaluating the Pilot, the Worker Coop Academy may become an ongoing program, potentially housed at Laney or a community organization.
    3. 3. 3 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Ownership’s benefits to society What does the research say? All citations available in Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale Better jobs 158% increase in member incomes at WAGES coops Lower turnover 15% at Cooperative Home Care Associates vs. 40-60% industry-wide More efficient Coops in plywood industry were 6-14% more efficient Higher survival rates 65% of Canadian coops survived 5 years vs. 40-50% of comparable businesses civic engagement Citizens with employee stock ownership vote more: 73% voted in 2008 vs. 63% of non-owners Citations available in Worker Cooperatives: Pathways to Scale (download at www.project-equity.org).
    4. 4. 4 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy Overview The Worker Coop Academy aims to assist the formation and expansion of worker-owned businesses that will provide good jobs for Low- to Moderate-Income (LMI) workers. During Phase 1 (Sept. to Dec. 2014), the Academy will provide a customized educational program tailored to your team’s needs, including workshops on essential topics for starting or growing a successful worker-owned cooperative business. Topic areas include: business fundamentals, people & culture, cooperatives, governance & management, and legal aspects. During Phase 2, the Academy will provide individualized business coaching and legal counsel, for a subset of Phase 1 participants.
    5. 5. 5 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. 1. Objectives 2. Participant Profile 4. Curriculum Framework 3. Outreach & Selection Process 5. Instructor & Mentor Profile Worker Coop Academy Design Framework
    6. 6. 6 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. • Expose low- to moderate-income community members in the Inner East Bay to the cooperative business model – 120-160 people participate outreach activities • Help 3-5 worker coops launch or grow – 5-7 teams of 3 people – 15-20 participants total Worker Coop Academy 1. Objectives
    7. 7. 7 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy 2. Participant Profile • Individuals directly engaged with creating or growing worker-owned cooperative businesses – Startup: Founders of new worker cooperatives that are already operating or plan to open in 2014 or 2015. – Expand: Members of existing worker coops that seek to grow. – Convert: Owners and employees looking to transition to worker ownership. – Develop: Staff of nonprofits or other organizations that are developing worker coops that are already operating or that will open in late 2014 or 2015 • Teams with strong potential for short-term business success & job creation for low- to moderate-income workers – Planned or existing coops committed to growth – Highly likely to transfer Academy training to new job creation (business launch or growth) in 2014 or 2015
    8. 8. 8 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy 3. Outreach & Selection Process • June 11th – August 1st: Teams submit applications • Teams that get their application in by July 11th will have their applications reviewed first • Rolling applications accepted through midnight on August 1st • July 21st – August 8th: Team interviews – If you are invited for an interview, we will contact you in advance to request additional information about scheduling needs and program interests
    9. 9. 9 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy 3. Outreach & Selection Process, continued • August 15th – August 29th: Participants selected and invited to participate – We will hold follow-up conversations with finalists to discuss tailored program design for each team. • August 15th – September 8th: Participants commit to program • Between September 15th and October 1st: Worker Coop Academy begins
    10. 10. 10 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy 4. Curriculum Framework • The curriculum framework is designed to offer both a shared experience for the whole cohort and a customized program for each team. • We will work with each team to determine its customized program. • Some workshops may be optional. • Total formal classroom time for each team is estimated at 30 hours over the 3 month period.
    11. 11. 11 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy 4. Curriculum Framework Content Area: Business Menu of topics, adaptable to participants’ needs • Business feasibility and planning • Business model and strategy • Marketing • Business financing • Financial planning and management • Growth planning • Surplus, profits and taxation of cooperatives • Balancing business and social goals
    12. 12. 12 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy 4. Curriculum Framework Content Area: People & Culture Menu of topics, adaptable to participants’ needs • Constructive communication • Self management • Conflict management • Hiring, firing and evaluating employees, candidates for membership and worker-owners • Employee  Worker-owner transition • Building a healthy organizational culture for the long haul
    13. 13. 13 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy 4. Curriculum Framework Content Area: Cooperatives Menu of topics, adaptable to participants’ needs • Cooperative principles • History of coops in the United States and around the world • Site visits to Bay Area coops
    14. 14. 14 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy 4. Curriculum Framework Content Area: Governance and Management Menu of topics, adaptable to participants’ needs • Management models, roles and processes • Governance options • Leadership issues in coops • Decision making practices • Effective meeting practices
    15. 15. 15 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy 4. Curriculum Framework Content Area: Legal aspects Menu of topics, adaptable to participants’ needs • Entity formation • Raising capital • Corporate governance • Employment law issues • Taxation of cooperatives
    16. 16. 16 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Worker Coop Academy 4. Curriculum Framework Content Area: Coop Development Menu of topics, adaptable to participants’ needs • Development process from feasibility to maturity • Pro’s and con’s of different development models • Components of a development process: training, TA, management, governance, etc. • Roles of developer and coop
    17. 17. 17 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
    18. 18. 18 Worker Coop Academy Design by Blueprint Collaborative is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. For more information, visit SELC’s website: www.theselc.org/worker-cooperative-academy A project of the Blueprint Collaborative
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