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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 years, we have shared important milestones and our experiences. We continue to learn by doing, and envision this series to be a companion to the formal policies we share in our work with organizations. We hope that by opening up this transition it might help others take the first steps towards sharing power in their workplaces.
By Susan Grove
We can be under so much pressure to always produce, produce, produce. I get that. Yet there are power dynamics in our midst that may be holding back our shared efforts.
By Clay Moodey, member of the Community Fund Design Group
At its core, this project is about shifting power. As the first stage of the design process wraps, I’d like to share some reflections about my experience and perspective about power through the design process.
By Aja, Micah, and Susan
Busy cultivating new and deepening existing relationships with organizations and individuals that have a desire to bring a culture of shared leadership into their own workplaces.
By Susan Grove
“If you’re someone who tends to not speak a lot, please move up into a role of speaking more. If you tend to speak a lot, please move up into a role of listening more.” - The AORTA Cooperative
by Hélène Lesterlin, with Susan Grove
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
One of the most important aspects of our transition to a Worker Self-Directed Nonprofit has been [...]
By Micah, with Susan Grove
Working as a part of a shared leadership team has impacted my life in more ways [...]
by Susan Grove
Shared leadership. Sharing power. Someone recently asked me what checks and balances the WSDNP model has [...]
by Terri Hall, with Caitlin Dourmashkin
Shortly after GWI began transitioning into becoming a worker self-directed nonprofit mid-2019, one of [...]
by Hélène Lesterlin, with Susan Grove
I needed that. It released something. We were in an all-hands meeting, and the relatively [...]
by Terri Hall
2021 is underway. Like you, we continue to forge our way forward through this pandemic landscape[...]
by Aja Schmeltz, with Micah
Transition does not happen without discomfort. As Good Work Institute (GWI) navigated the transition from a traditional [...]

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