Democratic Leadership in Practice: Case Studies

There is no one “right” way to do worker self-direction.  Most worker self-directed nonprofits develop unique, organization specific ways to perform key organizational processes, such as handling the finances, communicating with the Board of Directors, managing strategic direction, implementing hiring and firing, determining staff salaries, and more.

This set of seven accessible case studies developed by Nonprofit Democracy Network researcher Faye Christoforo highlights the creativity and innovation possible within the worker self-directed nonprofit organizational form.  These case studies represent organizations (both unionized and non-unionized) that range from 4 to 19 full time staff, with boards ranging from 6 to 20 members.  Included are advice and perspectives on the key organizational qualities required for successful worker self-direction, as well as the highlights and challenges of doing this work well.

Dive in, and learn from the wisdom and experience of these organizations!  

Explore the collection of case studies here:

Breach Collective Case Study Healthy Democracy Case Study Justice Funders Case Study Movement Sustainability Commons Case Study
Post Land-Fill Action Network Resist Case Study SELC Case Study  

 To connect with other practitioners actively engaged in building worker self directed movement organizations, apply to join the Nonprofit Democracy Network, a community of practice held by SELC.

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