This report from The Surdna Foundation delves into the world of worker ownership, detailing models and best practices, from the Cleveland Model developed by the Evergreen Cooperatives in Ohio to the role of foundations and philanthropy in developing worker-owned business strategies:
Ours to Share is a blueprint—a map to a little-known but important approach to economic development that is increasingly becoming a viable market solution that can help address some of today’s thorniest social and economic challenges... Let’s be clear: worker ownership is not a simple, one-size-fits-all cure. And, as with any business model, it is certainly not without risks. If worker ownership is to thrive—and the challenges are real—it needs more than capital from investors and philanthropic funders. We need more business owners to understand how this change can benefit them and their businesses, and we need more of these business owners to adopt it.