Click on the TEAMWORK, READ, AND WATCH tabs to find your team assignments and required and recommended readings and videos for this Module.

Use the form on the SUBMIT TEAMWORK tab to upload your team assignments by 5 PM of the assigned due date.

Please note that there is no class session on September 3, which is Labor Day.

[Due by 5 PM Sept 10]

INTERVIEW A CO-OP [required]

With your team, interview an existing worker cooperative that is as close to your team’s purpose as possible. (Note: Faculty will assist you in making connections with cooperatives)

Prepare a report-back that includes:

– one or more “ah-ha’s” from that conversation; and,
– three questions that came up for you about starting a worker co-op from that encounter.

Write up a brief summary of your report-back and upload it on the form below. Be prepared as a team to present your ah-ha’s and questions on September 10.

SUBMIT YOUR 9-10-18 TEAM ASSIGNMENT HERE

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REQUIRED READINGS

Mandel, Ernest. Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory (Chapters 1 & 2)

Engler, Allan. Economic Democracy

RECOMMENDED READINGS

HOW DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS APPROACH CO-OP DEVELOPMENT
Worker Co-op Development Models; GEO, Volume 2, Issue 8. Summer 2011
Next Gen Principles (written by a group of cooperative developers participating in the Democracy at Work Institute’s 2015 Fellowship for Worker Cooperative Developers, meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

MONDRAGON, SPAIN
Three short blog posts about Mondragon by Gilda Haas
How Do You Become a Member?
Mondragon Team Academy
Mondragon: What is Solidarity? 

EMILIA ROMAGNA, ITALY
The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce a Third of Its GDP,” by John Duda, YES! Magazine, July 23, 2016.

RECOMMENDED

For an insightful understanding of how and why cooperatives are one path to opportunity and economic development

The Other Side of the Door,” Ed Whitfield keynote at CommonBound, 2014

For a basic introduction to worker cooperatives,

“Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time” from Laura Flanders Show and Toolbox for Education and Social Action

Shift Change” trailer from Bullfrog films.
https://vimeo.com/38342677

[Due by 5 PM Sept 17]

YOUR TEAM’S DEFINITION OF DEMOCRATIC ECONOMIC POWER

Write up a brief definition of what democratic economic power means to your team, upload it to the form below by 5 PM 9-17-18, and be prepared to offer it to the class.

SUBMIT YOUR 9-17-18 TEAM ASSIGNMENT HERE

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READ by September 17 [required]

Osterwalder, Alexander and Pigneur, Yves, Business Model Generation, pages 14-45.

y también en español

Generación de modelos de negocio

See if there is anything from the recommended videos above that interests you.