How might FPWA leverage NY City’s investment in worker co-operatives to further develop the business ecosystem through public-private partnerships? Through three webinars elevating the voice of practitioners as content experts and a day-long co-design convening introducing unions, city departments, elected officials, universities, CSOs and anchor institutions to co-op businesses, we drew the road ahead for collaborative ecosystem development. The events yielded a report containing 4 proposals for follow-up projects, to which each participant pledged participation.
How might CFL leverage technologies to increase worker co-operatives' impact on people's lives? How might they be pioneers in truly democratizing the sharing economy? Through design thinking workshops with members of 10 co-operatives and consultations with funders & professionals, we created a platform & web app that served the workers whose labor it amplified.
How might 14 funded organizations & a dozen allies shift from competition to collaboration to develop successful cooperatives and grow the New York City worker co-operative business ecosystem? Over the course of 1.5 years, from January 2015 to July 2016, I guided the Initiative & broader Coalition as it developed its vision & strategy, aligned its activities, established shared measurements that focussed on service delivery, collaboration & referrals, increased public recognition of worker co-operatives, strengthened linkages with potential allies, advanced policy and mobilized new funding.