What Works Webinar Series

The Democracy at Work Institute is offering the What Works webinars in 2018 as part of the School for Democratic Management. These 75-minute webinars are held every other Wednesday from 9:00 am-10:15 am Pacific/12 noon-1:15 Eastern. The webinars cover three topic areas pertaining to democratic management: Finance, Governance, and Human Resources.


Opening the Books, Closing the Circle  May 23, June 6, June 20
In this 3 part Series, Jen Briggs (formerly of New Belgium) simplifies Open Book Management in stages.  Participants walk away with practical tools for building a financial score card, a business literacy checklist and a company wide training plan.

Part 1 Naming Your Numbers  May 23
Part 2 Reporting Back and Building Skills  June 6
Part 3 Making the Most of Shared Knowledge  June 20

How Ready Are You for Open Book Management?  July 18
Jen Briggs (formerly of New Belgium) walks you through an assessment tool to help align you and your leadership team on what numbers to share with members.

It’s Like Magic: A Financial Report Template that Gets People Engaged  August 1
Joe Marraffino of DAWI demonstrates a visual tool you can use to input numbers, print out trends and better prepare workers to engage in strategic decision making.



Assessing Your Threats Using These Easy Tools  August 15
John McNamara (formerly of Union Cab) shares easy tools to prepare managers and board members for strategic decision making.

Creating Strategy Collaboratively  August 29
John McNamara (formerly of Union Cab) shares ways to productively engage members in mapping your strategic direction.

Who Gets to Decide What? Create Clarity with Decision Zones  September 26
Jen Briggs (formerly of New Belgium) shares a best-practice mapping tool to clarify who makes what decision and why:  board, manager, owner or ‘shop floor’ worker. 

Membership Defined: Balancing Rights and Responsibilities  October 10 
Jen Briggs (formerly of New Belgium) lays out a model set of rights and responsibilities and a template for you to use in your workplace to help build and strengthen your ownership culture.

Who Needs a Workplan?  October 24 
Anne Reynolds (formerly of University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives), together with a worker-owner from Cooperative Care, shares a model management work plan, built out of a challenging management transition.



Hire Carefully, Fire Quickly, Support Intensively: Lessons Learned the Hard Way  November 7
Joseph Tuck (formerly of Alvarado Street Bakery) reflects on how they made “every mistake possible” to arrive at some of the very best practices in working with people.

Welcome On-board! On-boarding Tales From the Field  November 14
Learn strategies to recruit and orient workers to become owners from Teresa Mansell, Founding Mother of ChildSpace.

Managing Conflict  December 5

More workshops in this topic area to be determined.