"The idea is he didn't just put money out but ensured that that money was going to be used with some support. So that was a success story of the city being very clear about what they already do, and what's the red tape right now, and then making sure that you're intentional about connecting with who's doing this work right now, and taking in some of those best practices like joining loans with technical assistance. That's just a good idea with any business but particularly if you want to ensure that you have a really strong worker co-op as a proof of concept."
- Zen Trenholm, Program Manager with the Democracy at Work Institute
This is a clip from the All Things Co-op episode " Interview with the Democracy at Work Institute"
Watch the whole episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-42kwCqdEL4
Zen Trenholm is a Program Manager with the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) building capacity, partnerships, and resources to scale democratic employee ownership across the country. He currently leads the Shared Equity in Economic Development Fellowship program (SEED) where he convenes and equips city and community leaders with tools and support to build equitable economies using employee ownership. Prior to DAWI he was an organizer for fossil fuel divestment, a director at the California Student Sustainability Coalition, and a co-founder of the Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley.
The Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) is not connected to us, Democracy at Work (d@w). It was created by the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives to ensure that worker cooperative development in economically and socially marginalized is supported, effective and strategically directed.
Learn more about The Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) on their website: https://institute.coop/
Learn more about The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives on their website: http://www.usworker.coop/home/
All Things Co-op is a show that explores everything co-op. From theoretical and philosophical conversations about political economy and the relations of production, to on-the-ground interviews with cooperative workers, All Things Co-op aims to appeal to a wide audience of activists, organizers, workers, and students to be better educated and motivated to create a new cooperative society.
All Things Co-op is hosted by Democracy at Work (d@w). d@w produces media and live events to expose capitalism’s systemic problems and to show how democratizing our workplaces solves them. We can do better than capitalism.
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