Development Consulting

The Democracy at Work Institute offers consulting services to cooperatives, cooperative developers, and organizations exploring whether and how to undertake cooperative development.

We offer three main services:

Consulting from the Institute staff and partner consultants.
The DAWI team offers consulting in: 

  • Financial Systems Setup
  • Cooperative Accounting Practices
  • Democratic Governance Structures 
  • Organizational and Cooperative Training
  • Participatory Management and Leadership Development
  • Transition of an Existing Business to a Worker Cooperative
  • Worker Cooperative Incubation and Business Development: roadmap and capacity planning

Service Provider Referrals
The DAWI team offers referrals to experienced professionals (legal, accounting, marketing, organizational and business development) who support worker co-op development.

In coordination with the U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops, DAWI also provides referrals for highly specialized peer advice from the Democracy at Work Network (DAWN), a network of peer advisors. Please visit for more information.