The University of Iowa

Remaking the Economy: How to Design Democratic Management
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Increasingly, people in movement spaces are demanding to work in democratic workplaces. One model often overlooked—the worker-owned cooperative—offers the benefit of having had to grapple with questions of participation, management, and governance for decades. To explore these issues in depth, this webinar, produced by NPQ in partnership with the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI), will feature three worker-owners in worker cooperatives, who will discuss both the joys and the challenges of managing workplaces democratically. Our panelists are:

  • Nicole Koch is a member-owner and cofounder of Technicians for Sustainability, a solar installation cooperative in Tucson, Arizona that converted to employee ownership in 2017 and has 23 employee-owners.
  • Yarissa Soriano is training and education manager at the Democracy at Work Institute. Previously, at Paraprofessional Health Institute, she supported Cooperative Home Care Associates, the nation’s largest worker co-op.
  • Anj Talley, is general manager of Mandela Food Co-op, a Black-owned worker grocery cooperative in the West Oakland neighborhood of Oakland, California that was founded in 2009 and has nine worker-owners.

The moderator is NPQ senior editor and economic jusstice program director Steve Dubb. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 1:00pm
88 Broad Street
1st Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Nonprofit Quarterly
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