Welcome to Zebra

Zebra will work with your organisation or community group to help you develop and improve the work that’s important to you by:

  • Providing training that meets your needs
  • Engaging in community development work
  • Providing facilitation services
  • Offering external supervision
  • Helping to write and implement policies
  • Evaluating projects in a way that enables you to learn from what’s worked well

Our core values run through everything we do, so you can expect our work to be inclusive and build on your strengths, progress and successes. We generate our income from the work we provide.

We’re an equal pay workers’ co-operative, based in Plymouth and working mostly in the South West of England

 

Plymouth Fairness Commission

The Commission (PFC) convened on April 17th to begin its year of work to assess, identify and make recommendations for the tackling of unfairness in the city.

Commissioned by Plymouth City Council and comprising a membership of around 25 individuals with backgrounds or roles of particular relevance to this task, PFC has a challenge: first to decide on what it means by fairness; then to engage in a thoroughgoing assessment of the city against the agreed principles of fairness; then to draw up clear, ambitious-whilst-achievable recommendations; and, throughout its existence, to engage with the City Council and other stakeholders such that there is clear commitment to implementing the recommendations.

As a worker cooperative engaged in community development work in a number of Plymouth’s neighbourhoods, as well as delivering equality and inclusion training to participants in organisational and community contexts across the South-west, Zebra Collective is happy there’s a Fairness Commission sitting now in the city of Plymouth.

We’re two monthly-meetings in, but a lot is going on behind the scenes including some lively discussion and debate amongst the commissioners about the fundamental questions such as “What is fairness?”, “What do we agree on MUST or CAN be done?”, and “What can you do locally that isn’t swamped by national forces driving unfairness?”

What seems clear from all the activities and discussions is that we’re up for doing something to tackle the many, deep unfairnesses in Plymouth that continue to blight so many people’s lives. There is energy for this very big task.

Go to www.plymouthfairnesscommission.co.uk to keep informed of progress.

 

Co-operatives

UN International Year of Co-operatives logoAs a workers’ co-op we’re signed up to a set of co-operative values and principles which were first articulated by the Rochdale Pioneers in 1844, and which have been developed, refined and agreed on by generations of co-operators since. We’re members of Co-operatives South West and Co-operatives UK and make it our business to support other co-ops wherever possible.

We strongly believe that all human beings have a capacity for co-operation and fairness which is at least as strong as our capacity for competitive self-interest. And yet our social, political and economic systems are structured to encourage competition and reward ruthlessness. We believe this is the single most significant reason we find ourselves in the current global economic and ecological crisis, and the reason why there seems to be no clear way out. For a readable introduction to some of the research and evidence to support this, try It’s Co-operation Stupid by Charles Leadbeater.

Our values, structure and identity as a workers’ co-operative and our support of the co-operative movement are our small way of exploring an alternative and demonstrating that organisations, communities and societies which encourage and reward the expression of co-operation and co-operative values are not only desirable, but entirely possible.