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Democracy at Work Institute Resource Library

The Democracy at Work Institute is building a comprehensive Resource Library that will include a wide range of materials, including academic papers, start-up toolkits, curriculum samples, actual documents from existing worker cooperatives, and more. The topic list below provides a map of the resources that will be available. We are also continuing to publish additional resources on a daily basis.

Kwunsensus Meeting Process (Modified Consensus)

The Inter Cooperative Council at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor uses a modified consensus process, called "Kwunsensus," for their board decision making. This process was created by and named after an ICC member. This document is an excerpt from the ICC standing rules, which includes an overview of the process, a table to guide with decision making, and a process flowchart.

Cooperative Housing Toolbox: A Practical Guide for Cooperative Success

This guide is designed for use by housing cooperative boards of directors, resident members and co-op partners. It defines what a co-op is, highlights the history of the cooperative movement, explains how co-ops are managed and governed, explores what co-op members can do to recognize and weed out problems early on, and provides guidelines that allow the best elements of cooperative living to take root and grow.