The Worker Co-op Developer is responsible for the development of a menu of service options for graduates of our Coop Academy, a 6-month cooperative business boot camp, in order to provide them with ongoing support that will grow their cooperatives and help them reach their goals. The Worker Co-op Developer would be an innovative and out of the box thinker capable of conducting thorough assessments of business operations and governance structures; helping co-ops troubleshoot problems as they arise; connecting co-ops with new opportunities; and holding them accountable to their promises. Additional goals for this position are to develop and strengthen the inter co-op relationships among cooperatives within the GWC network as well the relationship between GWC and its member cooperatives.
During bi-weekly Sat sessions, Co-op Academy participating teams, Bio Classic Cleaning Cooperative, Diaspora Destinations Travel Cooperative, and Latino Arts Movement Cooperative have been introduced to Principles of Worker Cooperatives; Developed or in process of developing Mission and Vision Statements; and understanding the importance of conflict management and effective communications.
Latino Arts Movement are in the process of how to recruit more members and have committed to meeting weekly on Fridays to move their work forward. Diaspora Destinations are slowly coming back on track after a team member had been out of commission due to illness. Bio Classic have started to provide cleaninf services to new clients.
The teams have been active in their communities and will continue participating in the intensive yet exciting Coop Academy.
Ginger Moon, a mother owned, worker owned cooperative that services mothers in NYC with healthy foods, partners with the Working World.
The partnership is a result of the Cooperative Green Seed Fund, a radical new way to finance the startup of socially and environmentally oriented worker-owned businesses in the borough of the Bronx in New York City.
The Cooperative Green Seed Fund will be managed by the Working World in partnership with Green Worker Cooperatives and is tailored to the specific needs of worker cooperatives which are often discriminated against by traditional lenders. This year, the fund will make loans to qualifying cooperatives of up to $25,000 each, with the possibility of loans of greater size for cooperatives with greater capital needs. Upon return, all investment money will be reintegrated back into the fund to support other cooperatives.
Bronx, New York – Green Worker Cooperatives is pleased to announce it has received a $35,000.00 grant from the Simon Bolivar Foundation. These funds will support the Bronx Social Programs of the Simon Bolivar Foundation for 2013-2014.
Green Worker Cooperatives publicly received recognition for its work in the community at an award ceremony that took place at the Bronx Zoo on Thursday September 18th of the current year.
For The People. For The Planet.