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Sharing Power

We launched this series of posts in September 2019 to share our journey of moving from a traditional hierarchical nonprofit to a worker self-directed nonprofit. Over the weeks and months, we have posted regularly, detailing important milestones and sharing our experiences. We envision this series to be a companion to the formal policies we will share at the end of our transition. We are on a journey – as a team, as individuals, and as a part of this community. We are hoping that by opening up this transition it might help others take the first steps towards sharing power in their workplaces.

This series combines more formal articles from the team about the organizational transition to a worker self-directed nonprofit, describing the steps we have taken, and “Notes from the Field” journal entries sharing our personal experiences. We hope you find it useful and inspiring! Let us know what it sparks for you.
by Hélène Lesterlin, with Susan Grove
03.31.21
We’re not human resources. In fact, we don’t even want to imagine ourselves as “resources” at [...]
by Caitlin Dourmashkin, with Aja Schmeltz & Susan Grove
03.18.21
One of the most important aspects of our transition to a Worker Self-Directed Nonprofit has been [...]
By Micah, with Susan Grove
03.10.21
Working as a part of a shared leadership team has impacted my life in more ways [...]
by Susan Grove
02.23.21
Shared leadership. Sharing power. Someone recently asked me what checks and balances the WSDNP model has [...]
by Terri Hall, with Caitlin Dourmashkin
02.17.21
Shortly after GWI began transitioning into becoming a worker self-directed nonprofit mid-2019, one of [...]
by Hélène Lesterlin, with Susan Grove
02.09.21
I needed that. It released something. We were in an all-hands meeting, and the relatively [...]
by Terri Hall
02.03.21
2021 is underway. Like you, we continue to forge our way forward through this pandemic landscape[...]
by Aja Schmeltz, with Micah
02.03.21
Transition does not happen without discomfort. As Good Work Institute (GWI) navigated the transition from a traditional [...]
by Susan Grove, with her Co-EDs
01.01.21
First a story: We had limited time to meet for the purpose of drafting a budget [...]
By Hélène Lesterlin, with Susan Grove
03.03.20
At Good Work Institute, we organize our collaborative work into “Circles”. Circles function as sub-groups [...]
By Terri Hall, with Caitlin Dourmashkin
02.18.20
At GWI, we have done away with roles that place each person on a hierarchical scale [...]
By Caitlin Dourmashkin
02.11.20
That which we call a Director by any other name would still have meaning.

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