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
Co-operative Skills Audit – a questionnaire that can help you identify areas to improve co-operative skills
Principles Really Do Matter – DIY Co-op Principles audit exercise – using International Co-operative Principles to assess co-operative business performance.
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
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.