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Democracy at Work (d@w) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that conceives, creates, and distributes media aimed at demonstrating why, and how, democratizing the workplace is a viable solution for a new and better economic system. Based on the book Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff, the organization advocates for democratic workplaces - including worker cooperatives and workers self-directed enterprises (WSDEs) - as a key part of moving forward from the current model of capitalism to a new and better economy.


Richard D. WolffFounder & Contributor
Shane Smith, Executive Director
Maria Carnemolla, Social Media Manager
Betsy Avila, Digital Organizing Director
We would like to acknowledge our extended team including volunteers without whose contributions our work would not be possible:
Operations Team
Warren Ellis, Coordinator
Bryan Isom, Videographer
Jamie Katz, Coordinator
David Kim, Web Developer
Blog Team
Paul SlikerEditor
Helen Brandt, Copy Editor
Translation Team
Rosario Candelero, español
Esther Glück, deutsch
Bensen Fan, 中文
Kai Freyberg, deutsch
Rafa Gómez, español
Alfredo Gutiérrez-Amador, español/français
Andrea Iannone, italiano
Davide Iannone, italiano
Wojciech Kozyra, polski
Khalil Lezzaik,  العربية
Prem Mathrani, سنڌي
Hassan Mujtaba, اردو
Mateusz Ociepka, polski
Joel Rodriguez, español/français
Daban Sabir, كوردى
Siavosh Sepanta, deutsch/فارسی
Taggart Wilson, deutsch
A special thanks to everyone serving as a d@w-Group lead for a current or upcoming group.
Kayla Jones, Copy Editor
George Speckman, Copy editor
Karina Stenquist, Copy editor
Social Media Team
Shawn McDowell, Tumblr Coordinator
Jamie Katz, YouTube Coordinator
John Rhoads, Loomio Coordinator
Matt RussellAnimator
Susan Singer, YouTube Transcriber


We proudly thank all who work with us and support the project. In addition to many individuals, we also gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the following groups and organizations:

LannanThe Lannan Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities. The Foundation recognizes the profound and often unquantifiable value of the creative process and is willing to take risks and make substantial investments in ambitious and experimental thinking. Website



Truthout is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing independent news and commentary on a daily basis. Truthout works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, we will spur the revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity. Website


We strive to provide our coop partners with a platform to promote their business while providing exclusive insight about their experiences to d@w supporters. Interested in becoming a partner? Email: betsy@democracyatwork.info


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Upcoming Events

Facebook Live Q&A with Prof. Wolff

When: Jan 25, 2017 07:00—08:00PM

Where: Democracy at Work Facebook page

d@w-Charlotte Meet & Greet

When: Jan 28, 2017 01:00—03:00PM

Where: Amélie's French Bakery & Café

What: Presented by Shawn McDowell

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