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Anyone have some suggestions on folks to follow, books, web sites related to worker owned cooperatives?

I've done freelance software work for years and I'm intrigued by this type of org but haven't found great resources so far on legal structures, bylaws, etc.

@coopernurse There is a Mastodon instance that is run as a co-op ( social.coop/ ), which is if course full of people who care about this topic, so I'm sure you'll find lots of input there.

@colomar thanks for the note. Dumb fediverse question: is there a way to post a message to users on that server? Or do I just hope some of them see it on the federated timeline?

@coopernurse Unfortunately neither posting to a specific instance not reading another instance's local timeline is possible. What you can do is search for people on that instance and follow or mention them.

@mattcropp Thank you for connecting!
I must warn you, though, that while I'm interested in the co-op topic, I'm by no means an expert at all. Others have much more in-depth knowledge than I do.
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@coopernurse This is UK-focused, but I'm sure that some of the more general advice will translate across legal jurisdictions uk.coop/the-hive/

@coopernurse the fairstate.coop brewery is a cooperative, and one of the founders is a lawyer. might be worth reaching out to them (not a lot of coop breweries in the US)

@coopernurse Ah, but they are member and worker owned, not purely worker :/

@mattcropp I currently freelance. Was considering forming a coop if I found the right folks.

@coopernurse Cool; that kinda falls in between, depending on the level of freelancing people have been doing. Either folks form a new business on equal footing as a co-op, or, if people are bringing significantly different levels of resources/experience/capacity to the table, it might look like a buy-out of an existing practice by the new entity, so the co-op might owe one member a share of profit for a few years to finance that differential.

@coopernurse Also, since you're in the PNW, drop these folks a line and see what they have to say: nwcdc.coop/

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Ed.coop is a great resource, drawing from many others.

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