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Holacracy and Cooperative Businesses

Hi all --

Does anyone  know of cooperative businesses using Holacracy?

I do a lot of work with worker-owned small businesses in NYC, and I'm curious to know if there if a growing practice community among worker coops.

I would also love to do more to introduce the growing number of worker coops we're incubating to Holacracy.

Thanks for any help!

Cheers,
Michael

15 Replies
Margaux
12/28/2015

Hi Michael,

 

We've implemented Holacracy within Scarabée Biocoop which is a cooperative with 5 stores, 3 restaurants and a snack. Check out: http://lexcellenceenholacracy....ee-biocoop-holacracy

An longer interview of the President in english is coming soon (about 40 minutes)

Kind regards,

Margaux

Michael Paone
12/28/2015

Hi Margaux --

This is great.  I marked it down and saved this article to share with the coop community in NYC.

Do you happen to know of any others?

I had heard there was a bakery in the Bay Area, CA that uses it as well. 

Cheers,
Michael

Margaux
12/28/2015

Hi Michael,

I don't know any in the US, sorry. Maybe other community members know...

Koen Veltman
12/29/2015

Hi Michael,

www.MeetBerlage.nl adopted holacracy a six months ago. They have a collaborative ownership/equity structure. They are based in Amsterdam. 

Olivier Compagne
12/29/2015

Michael, in the Bay Area you may be thinking of Three Stone Hearth http://www.threestonehearth.com

As far as I know they're implementing without external support (it's difficult!), so I don't know how they are doing.

Michael Paone
12/29/2015

Excellent!  Thanks, Oliver.  That's exactly it.  I will reach out to them.

Thank you too, Koen.

I will keep an ongoing list.  I think this is a fascinating intersection and something that's really ripe right now in the cooperative business world.

 

Ricardo Nuñez
01/05/2016

Hi Michael, 

Three Stone Hearth does use Holacracy and they've been using Glassfrog as well, but don't know if they've had official support or training. My democratically run nonprofit organization, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, uses holacracy as a template for our organization. We're working to create resources for nonprofits to institute more participatory/self-management systems into their workplaces, as well as democratic governance and worker control (as much as is legally possible). All of our internal policies are published online on our website under About Us --> Our Governance at the top of our website. 

I'd be interested to know if there are worker coops in NY that are using holacracy, too!

Good luck!

-Ricardo

Adrienne
01/05/2016

Hi Michael

I am a worker-owner at Three Stone Hearth. We have been using Holacracy for a few years. We got initial help and continuing support from yWonderWorks Consulting, http://wonderworksconsulting.com/.

Let me know if you need anything. I'm always happy to answer questions. 

Margaux
01/06/2016

Hi Michael,

 

Here is the link to the video: http://igipartners.com/en/scar...cracy-implementation

Enjoy!

Michael Paone
01/06/2016
Ricardo Nuñez posted:

Hi Michael, 

Three Stone Hearth does use Holacracy and they've been using Glassfrog as well, but don't know if they've had official support or training. My democratically run nonprofit organization, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, uses holacracy as a template for our organization. We're working to create resources for nonprofits to institute more participatory/self-management systems into their workplaces, as well as democratic governance and worker control (as much as is legally possible). All of our internal policies are published online on our website under About Us --> Our Governance at the top of our website. 

I'd be interested to know if there are worker coops in NY that are using holacracy, too!

Good luck!

-Ricardo

Ricardo --

Excellent.  I'm also very interested in nonprofits running on Holacracy.  I've been exploring the same at my organization here in NYC, but I'm afraid ultimately it will looks like me carving out a pocket of the org to use Holacracy meeting structures, a very partial implementation.

I'll check out your governance docs.  I'd be excited about a resource that points nonprofits to self-management as well.

Side note: I came across your org when we were researching new economy / cooperative economy work here at FPWA (www.fpwa.org).  We've been at the center of securing the City Council investment in worker coops in NYC.

Cheers,
Michael

 

Michael Paone
01/06/2016
Margaux posted:

Hi Michael,

 

Here is the link to the video: http://igipartners.com/en/scar...cracy-implementation

Enjoy!

Thanks!  This is a great resource to make the experience come alive for interested folks.

Michael Paone
01/06/2016
Adrienne posted:

Hi Michael

I am a worker-owner at Three Stone Hearth. We have been using Holacracy for a few years. We got initial help and continuing support from yWonderWorks Consulting, http://wonderworksconsulting.com/.

Let me know if you need anything. I'm always happy to answer questions. 

Thanks, Adrienne!  How did you guys come across it originally?  

I'm trying to get a sense of the management / governance structures favored by worker coop business developers in NYC, and it seems things like Holacracy aren't really on the table, so I'd love to cross pollinate and help share your experience with folks here. 

Adrienne
01/06/2016

I wasn't here during the initial conversation. What I have been told is that the traditional hierarchy of work wasn't really working. No one really wanted to be the "boss" per se. The people at SELC(where Ricardo works), turned the founders on to it. For about a 6 mo. to a year, only the worker-owners and 1 circle functioned within Holacracy. Once they felt more comfortable, it got spread to the rest of the company. It's not been an easy road at all, we're still working on it. It's gotten a lot better from where we started though. Initially there was a lot of resistance. 

We're unique, I think, because we actually do production type work(food production) and are using Holacracy in a professional kitchen. I don't know of another place that does that. 

Michael Paone
01/06/2016
Adrienne posted:

I wasn't here during the initial conversation. What I have been told is that the traditional hierarchy of work wasn't really working. No one really wanted to be the "boss" per se. The people at SELC(where Ricardo works), turned the founders on to it. For about a 6 mo. to a year, only the worker-owners and 1 circle functioned within Holacracy. Once they felt more comfortable, it got spread to the rest of the company. It's not been an easy road at all, we're still working on it. It's gotten a lot better from where we started though. Initially there was a lot of resistance. 

We're unique, I think, because we actually do production type work(food production) and are using Holacracy in a professional kitchen. I don't know of another place that does that. 

Interesting.  What was the type of resistance people expressed?

Adrienne
01/06/2016

In a traditional kitchen setting, it's the Executive Chef's word that is final say on everything. It took some time for people to own their work and get more comfortable in making decisions that ultimately could affect the whole business.