#Coopalooza – Worker control and workplace democracy

Let’s face it, some organizations have done some amazing events online during the pandemic and one of them is the Sustainable Economies Law Center with their #Coopalooza event in September 2021, which was focused on ” exploring our vision to redistribute wealth and power and dismantle the oppressive dominant economic system by creating more worker controlled enterprises. Nearly 300 people came to our events; we hosted over a dozen partners, collaborators, and panelists; and we grew our imagination as to what a world where work is governed and controlled by workers might look like. ” (theselc.org).

Not only was the event a space where people got to celebrate worker co-operation, worker ownership but they also took the opportunity to inspire new people to pursue this way of organizing/working. Further, they generously have offered their conference materials for free – including recordings, slides and even a guide.


Find all of the tools and resources here:



  • You’re (not) the boss of me: Panel recording on different approaches to democratic governance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSikbG2IVDk&list=PL6qQLv9YMwH1aBiD_NJgYkYaaGDKBkDU-&index=2
  • Find 4 recorded sessions here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6qQLv9YMwH1aBiD_NJgYkYaaGDKBkDU-
  • Guide on “How to Become a Worker Self-Directed Nonprofit: A Bite-Sized Legal Guide”: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O_odmn34Hh5R3KXwv1LCtSJGEXVfJWkX2HsmxvXW_qY/edit#heading=h.dv9xig6zstj3
  • If you’re keen to get into the nitty-gritty, view this webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am8EKa3_2d8

(Image and key bits of information from https://www.theselc.org/_coopalooza_recap_resources?utm_campaign=october_2021_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=theselc)

February 29, 2024