On this page you will find links to tools we have found useful, as well as games, some of our blogs and other resources.

How to set up a Freelancers’ Co-op – a visual guide to setting up a freelancers’ co-op produced by Cooperantics in collaboration with STIR

Strategic Planning in Worker Co-ops –  some tools and tips to help you with participative strategic planning

Reviews and Appraisals – some information on options your HR team can consider

Generating and nurturing a strong co-operative culture – top tips from a series of interviews we carried out with co-operators

Understanding motivation – some theory you can apply to help motivate co-op members

Job rotation v specialisation – looking at costs and benefits of job rotation

Equal Pay – looking at different approaches to pay structures in co-ops

Principles Really Do Matter – DIY Co-op Principles audit exercise – using International Co-operative Principles to assess co-operative business performance.

7 steps to a more democratic co-op (set of posters)

Co-operative games

The A-Z of Discussion from the Woodcraft Folk – developed by the Woodcraft Folk and is based on their innovative and creative approach to discussion and decision-making

How to set up a worker co-operative by Radical Routes – latest (2015) version of this DIY guide

The Tyranny of Structurelessness – written by feminist Jo Freeman back in the 1970s about how informal structures in activist groups can allow informal and unaccountable hierarchies to develop.

The Jigsaw Game from the Co-operative College – an experiential game which helps participants to grasp the basics of how to co-operate, and includes a template for producing the jigsaw pieces

Active-Business-Planning by Bob Cannell CBC – a real world practical approach to co-operative business planning

About Co-opoly  – a board game, invented and produced by co-operators in the United States, that teaches the skills that people need to work in a co-operative or a democratically-managed business such as good communication, dealing with conflict and team building.   Buy Co-opoly


Need help?

All resources on the Co-operantics website are free and we encourage “DIY”, self-help in co-ops.  However, if you would like us to facilitate a session in your organisation or deliver some training please contact us and we can discuss a price.