To build the skills necessary to create our own business model, we researched the following cooperative developers, documented their principles and operations, and deconstructed their models using the Business Model Canvas.
- The Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, Oakland, CA (Business ModelGeneration)
- WAGES (presently PROSPERA), Oakland, CA (Cooperative Incubator)
- The Working World U.S., New York, NY (Collaborative Venture Capital)
By learning about these models, we were able to find the best parts of each one and compare them side by side to learn what might work for co-op development in Los Angeles.
After looking at these three models, we then produced our own model, a work in progress we call the Los Angeles Co-op Lab.