| NO BOSSES HERE|
A Manual for Working Cooperatively
by Vocations for Social Change
Illustrated by Randy Elliott
A "how to do it" manual which tells people how to start their own worker controlled co-operative workplace.
The manual describes the concept of a collective in which all members share decision making. It then tells how to form a collective, how to set up the decision-making structure, and how to deal with the interpersonal problems that come up in co-operative workplaces. It explains the benefits of a collective environment while providing tips and insight into some of the problems that can arise. The writers advocate alternative organizations and describe how they can be part of co-operative living for a new society.
In ten chapters No Bosses Here covers all of the ups and downs of working collectively. Chapter 1: Work Collectives Today defines what is meant by the term and explains the benefits and goals. After outlining how to start a collective, subsequent chapters look at issues such as decision making, meetings, work distribution, group dynamics, and complications that can arise. The last two chapters deal with the impact collective work environments have on society. These environments are steps toward a new way of living, and a more human workplace. A bibliography provides additional resources.
The value of this much loved book is not so much in the details of a particular time and place, (it was first Published by Vocations for Social Change Boston, Massachusetts, in 1981) but in its setting out of participatory co-operative management as an alternative to the hierarchical structures of capitalist management.
210 x 155 cms,103 pages, illustrated throughout