Our Values

Where we

  • Are a part of a network of cooperatives working toward racial equity and justice
  • Build a diverse and inclusive membership - race/ethnicity/ability/age
  • Partner and align with organizations that are working toward racial equity/racial justice
  • Ensure the co-op is accessible to people in a variety of economic situations

Where we

  • See cooperative values in action in everything that we do
  • Are supportive of emerging cooperatives who are working to strengthen communities and people of color
  • Support a livable wage + a little something extra to enjoy life (helpful tool is SELC and the MIT fair compensation calculator)
  • Act for the overall good of CW and community
  • Join other coops and leverage their services
  • See the investment into the co-op as investment in ourselves
  • Increase investment into social safety net that allows people to actively participate without living or staying in precarious conditions eg paying rent, food, economic safety
  • Help members to build sustainable social safety nets for themselves
  • Share opportunities
  • Cultivate and foster a sense of belonging
  • Have a commitment to shared aims

Where we

  • Foster mastermind-style experiences
  • Have a culture of continuous learning and education where we consistently develop knowledge and skills that improve our work as human beings and a co-op
  • Address obstacles to engagement and participation - whether technical, personal, or otherwise
  • Make a commitment to learning and growing
  • Discuss current affairs, laws and policy issues, to keep current and engaged
  • Encourage constructive criticism
  • Actively study techniques & implements practices to improve our social and working relationships
  • Seek out and use feedback
  • Are open to having our own assumptions challenged without feeling personally
    attacked (creating safe space for that introspective process)
  • Encourage each other, personally and as a group

Where we

  • Are open and curious
  • Empower each other as much as possible to engage and lead
  • Question the status quo and remain open to change
  • Deal with challenges in the right place
  • Don't take for each other and things for granted
  • Take leaps of faith or have a sense of when a decision is good enough - have a healthy openness/tolerance for taking risks
  • Support healing and restoration during and after conflict

Where we

  • Assume good intentions
  • Are honest with each other
  • Show respect to everyone
  • Give everyone time to speak
  • Encourage open communication
  • Think and act in terms of each other
  • Give each other the benefit of the doubt
  • Are patient with peoples' areas of development
  • Are kind and patient

Where we

  • Follow agreements; not start new every time
  • Take responsibility for our actions and the consequences of those actions
  • With conflict, begin with a clear set of agreements, that we can hold ourselves accountable to so we can engage in a productive discussion from a place of trust
  • Address conflict directly
  • Discourage gain at the expense of others
  • Deal with challenges in the right place--one-on-one, smaller circle, larger circle
  • Employ generative conflict to move the group forward
  • Are constructive without being critical
  • Encourage mutual accountability - shared agenda for change such as focus on the effects/impact of behavior despite good intentions, and work to repair any harm caused; put relationships ahead of the need to be right or be perceived as a “good person.”
  • Trust that people will do what they say they will do

Where we

  • Take pride in the work that we do and do meaningful work that benefits others and is not paying peanuts
  • Find the right balance and boundaries and a system, between being responsive to emergencies, eg, housing crisis of client and not working 24/7 leading to burn out
  • Believe that how we do the work is as important as the work we do itself
  • Streamline operations and healthy work culture
  • Respond to requests for input
  • Are a valuable and preferred partner for people, entities, communities and
    funders/financiers that work with us.

Where we

  • Celebrate success and good news consistently
  • Celebrate milestones no matter the size or importance
  • Celebrate wins, good news, and achievements at every meeting,
  • Recognize people for their particular contributions
  • Have an internal board post of coop member news, eg, upcoming workshops or events
  • Have regular game time or fun time

CrowdWork seeks to enable resilient pathways to growth for small businesses, freelancers, entrepreneurs and underrepresented communities by providing access to world-class business support services, partnerships and contract opportunities.