Everything you need to plug into the Zebras Unite Co-Op and start getting the most out of your membership and contribute to the co-op. Have a question? Reach out at [email protected]!
👩🔧 UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Status Updates (May 2023)
- the New Member Process is getting updated and will re-open this summer!
- We’ve closed Member Circles as an experiment because it turns out what Members really wanted was to join the existing Dazzle District Circles and get working together! More at the upcoming 2023 Q2 Member Meeting on June 22nd!
Set yourself up as a member of Zebras Unite Co-Op
📅 Get subscribed to the Members Only Google Calendar (ask Ostella for help!)
📝 Fill out your Onboarding Survey to get us your profile information - and for Small Teams & Small Businesses, to get your Team Members signed up as well!
Find, build or deploy capital that aligns with your principles
✋ Want to contribute to the Capital Innovation work being done in the Capital Circle (and have it count toward your Patronage?) Raise your hand here!
💫 Have ideas for more pathways we can support you in finding capital? Let us know!
Get more involved in the co-op-erations
💪 Got skills you want to offer up? Fill out our Talent Buffet form!
🦓 Want to join the Dazzle District (ie “Staff”)? Check if we are hiring!
Connect with your community
Discover member perks & benefits
All of our Circles are experiments in small group co-governance - and luckily there are a lot of resources out there for how to do that well! Here are a few:
Community Rule Circles Definition: Community Rule is a governance toolkit for great communities, and this is their definition of “Circles” which we have incorporated into the design of ZU’s Circles.
AORTA (Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance): AORTA is a worker-owned cooperative of facilitators and strategists devoted to helping our movements renew a stronger sense of liberatory vision, values, and purpose. This is their (currently being revamped) resources page - more info for group facilitation is coming soon!
DAWI (Democracy At Work Institute) Democratic Management Guide - The Democracy at Work Institute advances the worker cooperative field in order to create a fairer economy and better jobs, and this is an amazing comprehensive guide from their School of Management on how to Manage a Team Democratically.
Sociocracy For All’s Organizational Structure - Sociocracy For All (SoFA) is a 501c3 nonprofit that collaborates globally to support organizations and communities make their decisions with equity, empowerment, trust and transparency; and this is a great description of the Organizational Structure of Sociocracy, which we also drew heavily on in designing our Operational Structures at ZU.
The Decider App - Nobl is a consulting group that focuses on improving change making organizations, in part by focusing on how decisions get made - and this is a super easy app + menu of decision making structures that guides you through what flavors of decision making might be right for your situation (most healthy co-governed groups have a primary way they make decisions, and then a few special options for different circumstances that they develop criteria for over time to be adaptable and resilient!)
Menu of Decision Making Processes we’re trying out at Zebras Unite!
- Consensus Everyone agrees
- Democratic - Voting with defined thresholds for majority rule
- Consent - Absence of objections
- Consultative - Decision made with input from others
- Delegate - Someone given authority to make particular decisions
💫 Have an idea for a Member Benefit? Let us know!