If you are a Madison-area worker owner, please fill out our survey and send it to other worker owners at your cooperative. (this survey is for individuals, not for cooperatives)
We will begin matching people (mentors & mentees) in June 2023. All participants (mentors & mentees) will receive an hourly stipend for their participation - we value the time people spend sharing their skills with others, and we also value the time co-op member spend learning new skills that benefit their co-ops.
There are three major goals of our Peer Network:
It builds stronger and more formal relationships between worker-owners at different cooperatives, creating more opportunities for worker cooperatives to engage with each other (Cooperation Among Cooperatives).
Worker-owners gain skills that allow for job mobility, whether within their cooperative or in a new cooperative endeavor. This supports the cooperative principle of Education and Training.
Cooperative businesses are strengthened by adding new skills among members and by building up existing skills among more members. For some cooperatives, this might mean that the co-op will finally have a member who can manage IT systems. For other cooperatives, this might mean that the co-op will have multiple members trained in finances, creating redundancy and more ability to share the workload.