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Understanding Worker-Owned Cooperatives: a Strategic Guide for Community Organizers

Author(s): 
Nina K. Dastur
Year: 
2012

In the last few years, persistent, high unemployment has taken over as the headline of the Great Recession, driving an urgent need to create more jobs and get Americans back to work. But when the financial crisis first hit, it prompted a wave of anger and criticism against the corporations and financial institutions that own and direct capital across the globe, and its aftermath has continued to expose longstanding fissures in the U.S. on virtually every measure of economic well-being.

Industry Research Series: Taxis

Author(s): 
Tim Palmer
Year: 
2015

The recent upsurge in worker cooperatives in the taxi industry presents a contrast between big opportunities and big risks. Hundreds of new worker owners have come together in just a handful of companies over the last 10 years, which outpaces the growth of worker cooperative ownership in many other industries. The coordinated marketing among what are already legally independent, entrepreneurially minded contractors lends itself to larger entities.

New Member Orientation Templates

Year: 
2016
New members need basic training in how to own and operate their business cooperatively, but many workplaces don't have a standard curriculum or time to invent one from scratch.  DAWI has created a set of templates to lay the groundwork for orienting new members.  These templates can be used as-is for a general orientation, adapted by workplaces and developers to meet specific needs, or tailored by DAWI upon request.   The topics are

    A Learning and Training Tool for Understanding Worker Cooperative Finances

    Author(s): 
    Lynn Pitman, Tyler Quist, and Anne Reynolds
    Year: 
    2015

    This learning and training tool has been developed for member education and board training about basic worker cooperative finance. It consists of a document and a set of linked spreadsheets that allow users to explore the relationship between the primary financial statements that are used for business reporting and decision-making.

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