Monthly Archives: November 2009

#13 Voluntary and Open Membership

The principle of voluntary and open membership has always held problems for co-operatives. It is a very important part of co-operatives that keep them community based and relevant; however, it can also challenge founding members when late-comers express their rights … Continue reading

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#12 The Principles of Co-operation

The Co-operative Difference, which creates the Co-operative Advantage, results from the creation of the Co-operative Principles. The Principles have been with the Co-operative Movement since the success of Rochdale Society of Pioneers. Most of us know the story, after several … Continue reading

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#11 Caring for Others

This is the last of the ethical values and the last part of the identity statement that was added to the set of familiar “Rochdale Principles” in 1995. As such, it wraps up the concepts that have gone before. It … Continue reading

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No More Social Clubs–Thoughts on the Steelworkers

It’s been a couple of weeks now since the groundbreaking announcement of potential collaboration between Mondragon and the US Steelworker’s Union. The press conference occurred just as, Bernard, an author on this blog and the host of Jasecon posted some … Continue reading

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#10 Social Responsibility

In my office, I have the Identity Statement posted where I can easily refer to it (along with Union Cab’s vision, mission and core values). I have a version that is based on the background paper, but includes other commentary. … Continue reading

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#9 Openness

What does openness mean? At one level, it is an ethic that relates directly to the first principle of co-operatives (voluntary and open membership).  At another, it suggests a way of being and communicating with each other. Perhaps deeper still, … Continue reading

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