Worker Owned Cooperative and Allies Jam Session
- It's great to be able to bring your whole self to the job
- It can be hard to interface with outside organizations that don't understand what it means to have a horizontal structure
- It's an extremely empowering space, we have trust in each other.
- When there is a problem, it's not just one persons problem, it's everyones problem.
- It can be really consuming
- Growing can be difficult. When you're in a cooperative it's almost like you're in a family or a relationship.
- Stages of development
- Forming (founders, everyone super excited)
- Storming (disagreements start)
- Norming (organizations start to mature and start having norms)
- It's a big leap when the early success is due to frenetic working. You have to take a leap of faith to pull back.
- Design Action is a union shop. It helps with making sure we treat ourselves well. Communications Workers.
- It's also been really helpful with prospective members
- One phase example. a.k.a a series of things that help me not do what I don't want to do.
- Freelance culture
- Project manage each other
- Dedicated project manager
- Having someone handle intake
- There is a struggle between specializing and having project managers and having a horizontal organization
- There is a difference between having a position and a role
- Project management is always undervalued
- Adding an additional charge for PM instead of billing seperate hours.
- Difference beween a "project" manager and a "manager". It doesn't create a hierarchy.
- Aorta Collective
- Design Action
- Electric Embers
- Open Flows
- Cooperative are an opportunity to work in an extremely empowering space and to have trust in each other.
- What's working well is the collaboration and what's not working well is the collaboration.