This Saturday I’ll be up in Manchester to present at the Co-op Congress. I am on a panel which is titled Expanding employee and worker ownership through start-ups and conversions
I am just writing my answers to the three questions that the host will pose, and thought I ought to see whether anyone here has any good insights. I can relay Outlandish’s experience of conversion, and I have a fair few ideas about startups, but less on conversions. Please let me know if you have any thoughts to input. Also, is anyone else going up for it or in Manchester at the weekend?
Here are the questions:
- what is driving the expansion in employee and worker ownership (motivating factors; benefits of model)
- what factors (human, structural etc) make employee and worker ownership a reality in practice (or example, makes conversion actually happen, or makes a business evolve into a worker co-op early on)
- what are the big challenges along the way? what are the big stumbling blocks we need to try and remove or help people past?