E2C Guides
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E2C Guides

Explore our resources intended to support founders, communities, and their supporters.

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Building an E2C strategy
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Platform cooperativism
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Progressive decentralization
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Online governance tools
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Co-op cloud tools

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Cases

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Hylo
🗨️
Hylo
🐃
ETHDenver
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ETHDenver
co-op, token
🎉
Meetup
🎉
Meetup
⚙️
Gitcoin
⚙️
Gitcoin
token
🏞️
Hacker Noon
🏞️
Hacker Noon
equity crowdfunding
🎻
Groupmuse
🎻
Groupmuse
co-op
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Zebras Unite
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Zebras Unite
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Organically Grown Company
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Organically Grown Company
Common Thread Collective
Common Thread Collective
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Service providers

NameWebsiteTypeNotes
Alternative Ownership Advisors
consulting
Supports steward ownership business structures.
Center for Community Ownership
consulting
"provides legal, financial and strategic expertise to communities that want to start and save essential local businesses"
Cutting Edge Capital
legal, consulting, financing
Specializes in equity crowdfunding and other capital access strategies for social enterprises
Jason Wiener|p.c.
legal
Law firm specializing on cooperative business, financing, and social enterprise. Pioneering in innovative co-op structures and blockchain.
Purpose Foundation
consulting, financing
Organization advancing new models for "steward ownership"
Shared Capital Cooperative
consulting, financing
Lender for cooperatives that is itself a cooperative. Available for exploratory conversations for businesses exploring conversion to cooperative ownership and governance.
Sustainable Economies Law Center
legal
Nonprofit legal organization supporting the solidarity economy
Upside Down Consulting
legal, consulting
Consultancy focused on worker ownership conversions and racial justice.
Zebras Unite
community
Cooperative of founders supporting community-oriented ownership structures and financing models.
National Trust for Local News
financing, consulting
Supports transitions of local news organizations to sustainable ownership
Metagovernance Project
consulting, governance
Software development and consulting for democratic online governance.

📖 E2C Primer

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Materials

Ownership
The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership, by Movement Strategy Center
Designing Futures with Care: Finding Our Way to Different Worlds Together, by Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell/ OCAD
A Sense of Belonging (Product-Led Community) Part 1, by Spero Ventures
Case Studies: Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives, by Project Equity
Innovative Financial Models to Spur Worker to Owner Conversions, by DAWI
The Three Types of Populist Economic Policy, by People's Policy Project
How Zachary’s became worker-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan
The origins of the Park Slope Food Coop + their current loan program.
Strategy
Exit to Community: Strategies for Multi-Stakeholder Ownership in the Platform Economy
Paper
Investing in Employee Ownership: Financing Conversions Through a Private Equity Fund Model.
Tensions & Beliefs
Points of Unity
Visioning
Ampled Time Bank
Zingerman Training
Writing a Vision of Greatness
Governance
What is a collective governance?
Legal/bylaws
Immers Space bylaws

📰 E2C Articles

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Materials

Ownership
The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership, by Movement Strategy Center
Designing Futures with Care: Finding Our Way to Different Worlds Together, by Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell/ OCAD
A Sense of Belonging (Product-Led Community) Part 1, by Spero Ventures
Case Studies: Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives, by Project Equity
Innovative Financial Models to Spur Worker to Owner Conversions, by DAWI
The Three Types of Populist Economic Policy, by People's Policy Project
How Zachary’s became worker-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan
The origins of the Park Slope Food Coop + their current loan program.
Strategy
Exit to Community: Strategies for Multi-Stakeholder Ownership in the Platform Economy
Paper
Investing in Employee Ownership: Financing Conversions Through a Private Equity Fund Model.
Tensions & Beliefs
Points of Unity
Visioning
Ampled Time Bank
Zingerman Training
Writing a Vision of Greatness
Governance
What is a collective governance?
Legal/bylaws
Immers Space bylaws

⛅️ E2C Webinars 2019-2020

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Materials

Ownership
The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership, by Movement Strategy Center
Designing Futures with Care: Finding Our Way to Different Worlds Together, by Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell/ OCAD
A Sense of Belonging (Product-Led Community) Part 1, by Spero Ventures
Case Studies: Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives, by Project Equity
Innovative Financial Models to Spur Worker to Owner Conversions, by DAWI
The Three Types of Populist Economic Policy, by People's Policy Project
How Zachary’s became worker-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan
The origins of the Park Slope Food Coop + their current loan program.
Strategy
Exit to Community: Strategies for Multi-Stakeholder Ownership in the Platform Economy
Paper
Investing in Employee Ownership: Financing Conversions Through a Private Equity Fund Model.
Tensions & Beliefs
Points of Unity
Visioning
Ampled Time Bank
Zingerman Training
Writing a Vision of Greatness
Governance
What is a collective governance?
Legal/bylaws
Immers Space bylaws

📣 What people are saying about E2C

Testimonials

Allies
“We need new stories & potential paths and this is one I am excited about.”
Sarah Drinkwater, Omidyar Network
Media
"[E2C] explores ways to help startups transition investor-owned to community ownership, which could include users, customers, workers or some combination of all stakeholders."
Megan Rose Dickey, TechCrunch
“This is an alternate type of liquidity event, where instead of exiting by getting acquired or going public, a startup’s founders sell their company to the people who value it most...This could turn into a worker’s co-op, or something a little more heterogeneous — it all depends.”
Mae Rice, Built In
"E2C draws on ideas around community ownership that go back to the New Deal of the Roosevelt administration. That was a response to the depression and dustbowl of the 1930s; now, with the world again facing a transformative crisis in the shape of COVID-19, shared ownership is climbing back up the agenda, with communities turning to mutual aid and equity crowdfunding"
Miles Hadfield, Co-op News
Fans
“A potential blueprint for how to prioritize sustainability and profitability while exploring alternative financing models for startups"
Cherie Hu, Water and Music
https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin/status/1296963994637316096
The optimal governance structure for early-stage projects is founder dictatorship. The optimal governance structure for mature projects has large user/stakeholder involvement. "Exit to community" continues to be underrated as a way to get both.
Vitalik Buterin

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Materials

Ownership
The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership, by Movement Strategy Center
Designing Futures with Care: Finding Our Way to Different Worlds Together, by Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell/ OCAD
A Sense of Belonging (Product-Led Community) Part 1, by Spero Ventures
Case Studies: Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives, by Project Equity
Innovative Financial Models to Spur Worker to Owner Conversions, by DAWI
The Three Types of Populist Economic Policy, by People's Policy Project
How Zachary’s became worker-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan
The origins of the Park Slope Food Coop + their current loan program.
Strategy
Exit to Community: Strategies for Multi-Stakeholder Ownership in the Platform Economy
Paper
Investing in Employee Ownership: Financing Conversions Through a Private Equity Fund Model.
Tensions & Beliefs
Points of Unity
Visioning
Ampled Time Bank
Zingerman Training
Writing a Vision of Greatness
Governance
What is a collective governance?
Legal/bylaws
Immers Space bylaws

🌻 Additional Resources

🗃️
Materials

Ownership
The Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership, by Movement Strategy Center
Designing Futures with Care: Finding Our Way to Different Worlds Together, by Ariana Lutterman & Tara Campbell/ OCAD
A Sense of Belonging (Product-Led Community) Part 1, by Spero Ventures
Case Studies: Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives, by Project Equity
Innovative Financial Models to Spur Worker to Owner Conversions, by DAWI
The Three Types of Populist Economic Policy, by People's Policy Project
How Zachary’s became worker-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan
The origins of the Park Slope Food Coop + their current loan program.
Strategy
Exit to Community: Strategies for Multi-Stakeholder Ownership in the Platform Economy
Paper
Investing in Employee Ownership: Financing Conversions Through a Private Equity Fund Model.
Tensions & Beliefs
Points of Unity
Visioning
Ampled Time Bank
Zingerman Training
Writing a Vision of Greatness
Governance
What is a collective governance?
Legal/bylaws
Immers Space bylaws