School for Democratic Management

Managing a worker cooperative requires both conventional business skills and leadership 
Building shared ownership means balancing business with democracy, which is always in flux, and always debated. The good news is that the skills to manage this balance and become a more effective leader can be learned!
Effective democratic management unlocks talent and commitment, increases job satisfaction, helps you recruit better workers, and helps you retain people. We can help you unlock your cooperative’s true strength while aligning your principles and practice. 
The School for Democratic Management gives you road-tested tools you can use right away to build the strong participatory ownership culture that your worker cooperative needs.  
  • Coursework is built from ground-level experiences that worker co-op managers face
  • Course instructors are experienced cooperative managers and developers
  • Material covers best practices used in both cooperative and conventional business.
Who is this for?
  • Managers and board members of recently converted or converting workplaces
  • Managers/management roles and teams of new, established or growing worker cooperatives
  • Developers and TA providers supporting worker cooperatives


A FREE assessment of your democratic management skills, conducted through a 60-minute webinar offered each month in 2018. Register here.

A 1.5 day democratic management crash course, covering the basics of open book management, aligning members around business strategy, organizational change process, shared accountability and functional democratic structures in a cooperative. Offered in person, in regions across the US. Register for the March 9-10 crash course in NYC here. *Discount for USFWC members

A series of webinars featuring worker coop managers telling real-life stories of successes, failures and rebounds offered monthly through 75 minute webinars covering basic and booster topics like using open book management to build engagement, human resources in a worker cooperative, working relationship between manager and board. *Discount for USFWC members

If interested, please sign up using the form below to receive information about upcoming training dates. 
Have questions? Contact:
Rebecca Bauen, Managing Director
The Democracy at Work Institute
rbauen [at]
415-379-9201 x 5