March 27-29, 2019
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The Nonprofit Democracy Network is a community of practice and peer support network for organizations working to make their organizations - and the broader nonprofit sector - more liberatory and transformative. We want the nonprofit sector to be more effective at creating a just, joyful, and sustainable world. We want our organizations to be living examples of the equitable, caring, and effective communities that we know are possible. And we know that there is a rich field of experimentation and practice of democratic self-governance from which we can learn and which we can help grow by building and sharing with one another.
We launched the network at our inaugural gathering in fall of 2017 (read more about it here). At our second gathering, March 27-29, 2019, we’ll dive into the nuts and bolts of co-creating forms of collective self-governance, taking on topics like compensation, inclusive decision-making, the impact of identity and culture on participation, coordination and accountability, and collective budgeting of time and money.
Are you part of an organization experimenting with any of these areas? We would love for you to join us! This is an opportunity to learn about the state of the field, connect with fellow practitioners, learn from groups at the forefront of experimentation, and deepen your own organization’s practice.
We’re looking for organizations that are:
- Committed to undoing dynamics of racism, patriarchy, and other forms of structural oppression;
- Playing with more democratic internal structures, regardless of how far advanced; and
- Interested in being part of an ongoing network to deepen this work.
Format:This three day gathering will include education, conversation, and co-creation around common themes of collective leadership. The first day will focus on frameworks for organizational design and how those relate to systems change, identity, and liberation. On the second day, participants will break into smaller groups to dive deeper into specific issues and growing edges (e.g. staff/board structure, compensation policies). The third day will focus on identifying next steps and how to integrate learnings into your organizations.
Cost: Sliding scale from $400 - $1500 based on organization's annual operating budget. We want participation in this cohort to be as accessible and community-driven as possible. We also want to justly compensate our facilitators, organizers, and other vendors. (Cost includes venue, facilitation, and meals over three days for 2 org representatives.) More information on cost included in the application form.
Organized and facilitated by: Participants in the 2017 Nonprofit Democracy Network, including staff from Sustainable Economies Law Center, Community Development Project, 350 Seattle, Reflex Design Collective, and more.
Oakland, CA 94612
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The Sustainable Economies Law Center provides accessible and engaging education for communities and legal professionals so that communities everywhere have the legal knowledge they need to create their own resilient economies.
Several times per year, the Sustainable Economies Law Center hosts half-day in-person workshops on how to start a worker cooperative and how to start a small food business. We also regularly host webinars on a wide range of topics, including legal basics for complementary currencies, how to implement workplace democracy in your nonprofit, do-it-yourself policy making, and more.
Our three flagship legal guides include "Think Outside the Boss: How to Create a Worker-Owned Business," "Legal Resources for Food Justice Enterprises," and "El Proceso Legal Para Iniciar Tu Negocio Cooperativa." Click here to read or download the manuals.
The Law Center also hosts five free online legal resource libraries - learn more on our Legal Research page.
Have a legal question but not quite ready to read a full legal guide? Then this series of bite-sized legal guides are the perfect first step to set you on the right path. Of course, they should not be relied on as legal advice, but are valuable legal resources nonetheless. Take a look.
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Since 2010, we have taught many classes on various facets of practicing law in the sharing economy. In Fall of 2013, the Law Center offered a 10-class workshop series to attorneys and recent law school graduates. Click here for details of the workshops. We'll be offering a similar series in 2015.
Our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is also a living classroom for law students, legal apprentices, attorneys, and others interested in cultivating the legal roots of more just and resilient economies. Visit our volunteer page to learn about opportunities for practice-based learning at the Legal Cafe.
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