20 Apr '12, 9am

How to start a co-operative in five steps - Green Living - The Ecologist

How to start a co-operative in five steps - Green Living - The Ecologist

Once you're decided on who the members will be, the next step is to think about how these people will work together, make decisions, communicate and plan for the future. You need to work out how key decisions will be made in the co-operative - if there are only a few members then you may be able to make strategic decisions together but more members might require an elected board. And think about how tasks can be divided up - between marketing, finance, product development, for example - and then agree a process for reporting back. Developing and practicing good communication and democracy skills throughout the start-up process makes for a more effective and sustainable co-operative.

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/how_to_make_a_difference/cult...

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