I had an interesting question from a friend with a small (2-person) web development agency. They are interested to convert, but trying to learn more.
They asked (mostly in naivety) whether an organization (their current for-profit) could join a [worker] co-operative.
It’s very abnormal, but got me thinking: Might this be a neat way to break the “co-op conversion” process into a multi-step process of transitioning a for-profit to a worker co-operative?
The thought is that this would allow the company to have a single vote shared, and they’d get to work together as voting partners collectively, and then the worker co-op incubating them could help them transition into a full worker co-op if the “get-to-know-how-coops-work period” made them feel positively about the idea. And then there’d be two co-ops split out (kinda like cellular division) that would have a strong and established working/personal relationships, but separate legal structures
Anyone heard of anything like this before? Can anyone think of considerations, legal or otherwise, that might make this a good or bad idea?