Our mission is to create and develop sustainable employee owned businesses "Cooperatives" from new venture ideas or existing businesses. We do this by bringing together people who have a passion for the idea or business and want to own it.
Worker Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
Why do we believe this is the best business model for our future? Because "Worker Cooperatives" have been shown to:
Business Sustainability is not just about the environment even though it is getting much of the spotlight these days and is very important in running a business. But it's also about efficiency, best practices, repeatable processes and much more. It's not necessarily about doing more with less, but in making the best use of the resources you have.
We are currently working on a combination of consulting services and cloud based business management tool targeted to small businesses to do just that: drive and manage sustainability in your business. The software platform will include underlying business rules focused on guiding your business in making sustainable business decisions.
This is a new web/mobile application for Bee Keepers to save their Hive Inspection logs and create reports from hive data to help manage beehives more effectively.
This application will also have a social learning aspect to it that will help train new and experienced beekeepers alike, just by using the app. It will be a truly helpful platform for all beekeepers.
A Volunteer application with sophisticated volunteer management tools for both large and small events that promise to use technology to make complicated shift management and volunteer signups easy.
And for volunteers, this will be the one platform you can use to find volunteer opportunities, manage your own volunteer time and present your volunteer experience in a professional way on other social platforms or directly to a person or organization who wants to know.
"First principles thinking, which is sometimes called reasoning from first principles, is one of the most effective strategies you can employ for breaking down complicated problems and generating original solutions."
"Be wary of the ideas you inherit. Old conventions and previous forms are often accepted without question and, once accepted, they set a boundary around creativity."
"Optimize the function. Ignore the form. This is how you learn to think for yourself."
Average managers play checkers, while great managers play chess. The difference? In checkers, all the pieces are uniform and move in the same way; they are interchangeable. You need to plan and coordinate their movements, certainly, but they all move at the same pace, on parallel paths. In chess, each type of piece moves in a different way, and you can’t play if you don’t know how each piece moves. More important, you won’t win if you don’t think carefully about how you move the pieces. Great managers know and value the unique abilities and even the eccentricities of their employees, and they learn how best to integrate them into a coordinated plan of attack.
A worker cooperative is a company that is owned by the employees. Thus, employees receive salaries for their labor and a dividend at the end of the year from the company’s profits. As employees, we all see how much our employers charge their customers. I used to bill $475 per hour to my employer’s client, but I was only getting paid $35 an hour. Seeing this makes everyone question why they’re making so little.
Worker cooperatives answers the question we’ve all asked ourselves – what’s the point of working hard for someone else? Finally, we’re able to justify working ourselves to the bone for our fair share of the spoils. Instead of the scraps that manifest as 3% inflationary raises.
"Do not give him a big pay rise, he is loyal. He is not going anywhere!"
Some bosses think this way!
"Rewarding" loyalty by paying less is dumb. If you push loyal people hard enough, they will quit.
Loyalty should be rewarded, not punished! Agree?
Go ahead, be bold. Upend the dinner table conversation! Turn small talk into big ideas at the next summer wedding reception you’re forced to attend! You never know which ideas will be worth spreading next.
You tell us! We also have lots more of our own ideas but would love to hear from you.
What are you passionate about? What would you like to be a part of? What ideas do you have that need passionate people to move them forward?