What’s Next?

After last week, I walked around feeling a bit like the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz:

Well, even if his version of the pythagorean theorem isn’t quite the same as the one in our universe, it still kinda sums things up. I mean, what am I supposed to do now?

Well, I meant to finish writing this before it actually published for one thing!

The answer of course lies in the movement. Don José famously asked if the cooperative movement is an economic movement based on education or an educational movement based on economics.

I’m continuing to learn (as we all are) by doing and working together. The Masters helped focus some clear patterns of coop theory into management. Bringing those lessons back to my cooperative and helping other cooperatives takes more than a diploma. We are a movement based on sharing and that is exactly what I intend to keep doing.

Tomorrow, I leave for the Canadian Association for Study in Cooperatives (CASC) meeting in Montreal. I hope to post some on that either here (for the worker coop stuff) or at Breathing Lessons for the balance. I will post more than I did from the ICA meeting last September. At that meeting, a lot of the papers were being prepared for publication and, as a result, we were asked not to distribute many of them.

Like any graduate, I am looking forward to the future. The difference between today and 1988 is that I really do know what I want to be when I grow up.

About John McNamara

John spent 26 years with Union Cab of Madison Cooperative and currently helps develop co-op in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Masters in Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions from Saint Mary's University and hopes to finish his Ph.D. in Business Administration soon. He has served on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Board of Governors for the Democracy at Work Network. He currently sits on the Co-op Circle and Mission Circle for Sociocracy for All. He teaches on worker co-operatives and democratic management in the summer at The Evergreen State College.
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