I'm working on building out a cooperative alliance of 30+ food rescue organizations, and we're seeking advice on examples of governance structures. What're your favorite cooperative networks, & how do they function?
1) Systematically pool resources.
Often a % of revenue and/or profit (e.g. Arizmendi, VAWC, Modragon).
Sometimes hours of time (e.g. Radical Routes, and I think also Arizmendi also have a formula based on number FTE employees or something)
This is the #1 most important thing imho, but also...
2) Multi-stakeholder governance (e.g. some of the primary, and all the secondary co-ops in Mondragon)
a) Multi-stakeholder Co-ops Manual:
b) Multi-stakeholder co-ops in a sustainable food system:
c) Engines of Innovation for Building a Healthier Local Food System and a Healthier Economy:
3) Nested circle governance e.g. Sociocracy, this conf in Feb looks great https://www.sociocracyforall.org/coop-conference/
https://www.sociocracyforall.org probably the best single resource on Sociocracy too.
See also this Sociocracy 101 online workshop on 11 Nov 2020 run by UK co-op Outlandish https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sociocracy-101-workshop-11th-november-fully-remote-tickets-121380469251 (who helped start the CoTech network of UK tech worker co-ops)
Then out of that project came our more internationally focused approach at https://karrot.world which is totally non-centralized, each group is independent, we aim to support more peer-level connections between nearby groups in the future...
What would the role of the alliance be relative to the individual orgs?
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