WORKING WITHOUT BOSSES AND LIVING WITHOUT LANDLORDS
Date(s) - 15/10/2013 - 17/10/2013
New to co-ops but want to find out more?
Already in a co-op and up for sharing your experiences and gaining new
Then this event is for you!
A weekend of free workshops about workers’ and housing co-ops
Fri 15th – Sun 17th Nov, in venues around Forest Fields, Nottingham
Open to people from Nottingham and further afield.
What’s it about?
Workers’ co-ops are a way of taking control of our work places – no
bosses, no shareholders, just a group of people working together to make a
decent wage in a satisfying way. Housing co-ops are a way of providing
yourselves with decent housing, without being messed around by a landlord.
With this weekend we want to promote co-ops as an alternative way of
working and living. It’s a chance for people new to co-ops to find out
more and for people already in co-ops to meet and share experiences and
skills. Organised by Radical Routes, a network of co-ops and Seeds for
Change, a workers’ co-op providing training and resources for co-ops.
A varied programme of free workshops run by people in co-ops. You’re
welcome to come to just one or two of these workshops or to all of them.
Refreshments and lunch for a small donation.
More details: http://www.radicalroutes.org.uk/co-operate
* Basic financial literacy for people in co-ops
* How to set up a workers’ co-operative.
* What is a co-op? Co-operative working and living – is it for you?
* How not to set up a co-op: an opportunity to learn from others’
mistakes and avoid common pitfalls.
* How to manage without a manager. What is collective management? How do
you make it work in a workers’ co-op? From dealing with day to day and
long-term decisions, recruitment, staff issues to conflict resolution
and legal obligations as an employer.
* Publicising your workers’ co-op: the practicalities and politics of
* Consensus decision-making.
* Facilitating effective meetings.
* Co-ops and compromise: sticking to your principles whilst staying afloat.
STALLS AND ONE-TO-ONE SURGERIES
On Sun 17th Nov on top of lots of workshops we’ve got a whole day of
stalls from co-ops as well as one-to-one surgeries to get advice for your
particular co-op (including: sources of finance, collective management,
business planning and legal stuff). Plus time for meeting and networking
with people in co-ops.
Please tell us if you are coming and to which workshops as spaces are
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01524 840028. Once
you’ve told us you are coming we will send you detailed travel directions
to the venues.