Applications now open for September 2021 Co-op Intensive

Goals:

  • Bring a co-op in startup phase to a full draft business plan.
  • Build relationships between core team members.
  • Bring cooperators mentality more fully into cooperative mindset.
  • Connect to further resources.
  • Get a lot done while having a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

What is different about this co-op development experience?

  • Many distance, or weekly class programs exist, but this one is an in person, intensive, 6 day residential program.
  • Draws on the expertise of co-op developers and co-op members from MA and RI areas.
  • Very tailored to fit the participants’ stages of development.
  • Work hard, play hard: lots of hard business development work, but lots of fun too.
  • Available in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

2021 Is Pilot Year, Which Means Low Cost to Participants! What will it look like?

  • 6 day intensive, sleeping at Global Village.
  • Food provided.
  • Heavily subsidized costs for pilot to prove usefulness. 
  • Facilitated by Global Village and Worcester Roots staff, with guest outside facilitators.
  • Some pre-reading required.

Application Process / selection process includes:

  • Application form completed by deadline (5pm EST, March 15, 2021)
    • Co-op business idea
    • Stage of development
    • About core members
    • Connection to social movement
  • Phone call to assess level of commitment and mission alignment
  • Priorities:
    • Projects led by BIPOC, youth, formerly incarcerated, immigrants, poor and working class people
    • Front line communities involved in social or environmental justice struggle
    • Climate justice considerations in business idea
    • Available to people throughout the US, but priority to MA and RI co-ops.

Give a major boost to you worker co-op business idea!

Sample Schedule:

DAYCURRICULUM TOPICSOTHER ACTIVITIES
Day 1Intensive team building activities understanding identity, personality, leadership experiences
Pre-Survey Photo with Status Chart
Uprooting capitalist mindset
Obstacle course type activity depending on peoples’ abilities – team kayak challenge (across lake to an ice cream shop)
Social evening activity
Day 2Shifting to solidarity and cooperation mindset
Mini feasibility study
Mission/vision/values
1 hour horseback ride, bike ride, or trip to lake beach.
Day 3Product/service – pivot or stay course?
Co-op Structure and Decision making
Meeting culture and accountability
Full moon fire ceremony
Day 4Marketing – mini survey
Financial projections intensive
Raising capital
GeDo martial arts workshop
Day 5Sales
Branding – design logo, preliminary website
Insurance, licenses, industry specific focus with industry expert
Alone time on the farm or in the woods
Evening dancing or music jam
Day 6Governance – begin bylaws/ 28 questions
Business systems, initial job descriptions, hiring
Plan for incorporation (or file online if ready)Sign draft business plan or loan application!
Post-Survey Photo with Status ChartVideo Testimonials
Relax: Sauna and/ or massages.
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