The group, which was co-founded by Alison Lingane and Hilary Abell in 2014, wants businesses to avoid that fate by turning them into cooperatives. "Good decisions are built into worker cooperatives from the inside out," Lingane told LIFT Economy.
Take the example of Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, which develops cooperatively-owned bakeries in the Bay Area. The democratic model of the bakeries has not only proved to be sustainable (the Association has been in operation for more than 20 years), it's also helped create a more collaborative workplace.
"Here we have people who approach the bakery with craft," Tim Huet, one of the association's founder, told Shareable. "If they come up with innovative things, they share. It's not a race to the top."
So how does Project Equity plan to support businesses transitioning to the worker-owned model? Here are some of its strategies, outlined on its website:
- Raise awareness of the employee ownership model
- Partner with business networks, cities, and regional organizations to provide information about how employee ownership works as a succession planning strategy
- Help selling business owners assess the fit between their business goals and this approach
- Work with the owner and employees to structure and operationalize a successful transition to employee ownership and an effective ownership culture
Listen to the full interview with Lingane on the perks of worker-ownership on the LIFT Economy podcast.