The Democracy at Work Network: Peer Technical Assistance for Worker Cooperatives

"The Democracy at Work Network (DAWN) is a network of certified peer advisors, all with strong social and professional ties, who cooperate in training themselves and providing technical assistance services to worker cooperatives. Our goals are to 

  • meet the demand for technical assistance and development advice with high-quality services, and
  • increase worker cooperative technical assistance capacity from inside the movement.

Worker cooperatives, like all small businesses, require professional services to support the creation and functioning of their business. Due to the specialized nature of worker ownership, they also require specialized assistance in setting up financial, governance, operations, and decision-making structures, as well as training in democratic management. DAWN is organizing to meet these needs."


"Our peer technical assistants are ready to help out with your worker cooperative.  We need to know where your group is in your development, and what sort of help you're looking for. Make a request for support by filling out our short form."


DAWN peer advisors are past and present workers for Sligo Web Works, Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective, CooperationWorks!, Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy , Electric Embers, Western Worker Cooperative Conference, NoBAWC, Beautiful World Cooperative Development Services , Brass Tacks, Woodshanti, Rainbow Grocery, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, Union Cab of Madison, New Orleans Food Coop, People’s Food Co-op, Cooperative Economics for Women,  Cooperative Development Institute, Worker Owned and Run Cooperative Network , Equal Exchange, Data Commons, Arizmendi Association, and Arizmendi Bakery.