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Cooperative Culture Handbook

by Yana Ludwig and Karen Gimnig

If we are going to survive the crises of our time, we must learn how to work together.

Cooperative groups are our best hope for addressing climate disruption, racism, poverty, homelessness, oppression and even pandemics. The good news is that groups form every day to address these issues. The bad news is that they struggle with conflict, gridlock, power battles, and falling participation.

In short, we lack the skills to convert our passion and intelligence into effective action.

That’s where The Cooperative Culture Handbook comes in to help.

With 52 transformative group and individual exercises, here’s a practical toolkit for groups to solve problems, build community, and change culture towards greater empathy and authenticity. This is an essential resource for leaders, facilitators and changemakers to develop core practices in discernment, curiosity, communication and engagement.

The Cooperative Culture Handbook was written in response to author Yana Ludwig’s book Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption. Together Resilient examines why citizen-led, community-based action is key to addressing our world’s greatest problems. Cooperative Culture Handbook offers a framework and practical toolkit for how groups can solve such problems, build community, and change culture towards greater empathy and authenticity.

“The Cooperative Culture Handbook offers a clear and compelling alternative to the competitive society it seeks to replace. Written in simple and direct style, this book contributes to the emerging vision of a new society and inspires readers to join it. It should be read by anyone looking forward to the emergence of a cooperative culture in which everyone is equal and everyone thrives.”

Harville Hendrix, Ph. D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph. D, authors of  Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couplesand co-founders of Safe Conversations, A Social Movement 

“Yana and Karen describe practical exercises to help groups engage authentically and create a positive culture. This handbook addresses social justice in a way that will challenge even the most progressive community.”

Crystal Byrd Farmer, author of The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization and FIC Board Member


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