For cooperatives and those looking for non-hierarchical models of governance, the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives sponsors The Democracy at Work Institute which is focused on developing and supporting the development of worker cooperatives, especially those by and for marginalized communities. They offer a resource library of materials for democratically-led workplaces including information on governance and converting to a cooperative structure.
In addition, the California Center for Cooperative Development offers information on a variety of different kinds of co-ops including consumer, worker, and agricultural co-ops. LA’s Co-Op Lab is another great resource for helping grow cooperative ventures.
Consumer co-ops are another potential model for harm reduction organizations interested in democratically running their organizations and the Consumer Federation of America offers extensive information and advice on consumer cooperatives.
Two co-ops specialize in training and have extensive resources on their websites. The first is AORTA, based in the US, which provides anti-oppression training and maintains an extensive library of resources related to a variety of governance or organizational design issues. The other is Seeds for Change, based in the UK, which provides cooperative education and facilitation and offers resources related to decision making and facilitation in democratically led organizations.
We do not claim that this is an exhaustive set of strategies, shortcuts, or tips for running an SSP. What we do suggest is that Harm Reduction Hacks offers down-to-earth, practical information for being a better leader, starting and running an SSP, and providing syringe access services. We feel we can say this with confidence because the Hacks are based on interviews with, and the experiences of, literally generations of people who have been doing harm reduction work.
Please note that nothing in this guide should be construed as legal advice. Please consult an attorney local to your area to ensure your program is in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations that apply to your situation.