Some of my core passions at the co-op are democratization and making the co-op comprehensible and welcoming. As the co-op grows in size and complexity, there’s a lot to think about and experiment with when it comes to recognizing the agency of those here and fostering healthy collaboration.
I’ve been delving into these topics regularly at a deep level. However, this short and focused article remains one of my favorite (and most practical) resources.
The list, in brief:
- Encourage your peers
- Discourage permission-seeking
- Create practice spaces
- Find your mentors
- Rotate roles
- Break the power taboo
- Name the different levels of engagement
- Explicit & limited decision-making mandates
- Practice consent-decision making
- Celebrate dissent
- Share the ownership