What’s Up?

Okay, I owe my readers an explanation–I have missed a few Mondays. I have a good excuse–at least I think that I do.

I entered the PhD in Business Administration program at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. In fact, I am typing from a small monk’s cell in Rice Hall. This is an incredibly, yet intense and compact, program. The classes basically happen between May 1 and June 30 with several special seminars and guest speakers. In addition, I need to present at the Canadian Association for Study in Co-operatives as well as the Canadian Industrial Relations Association during the first week of June.

I use to think that I was “busy”. That word simply hasn’t any meaning anymore. I am typing on the evening of my third day–it is the first day that I do not have to read hundreds of pages and be able to present at 9:00 am since I started.

However, I want to keep the blog going, but I also want it to be relevant. I really don’t think that you want to hear my thoughts on post-modernism or radical humanism (although I do think that worker  co-operatives are a physical expression of that paradigm–or they could be if they would reject the positivistism that dominates our organizations). See? you really don’t want that for the next 10 weeks!

So here is what I am going to do–and I can’t promise that the meta theory stuff won’t push its way in–next Monday, I am going to start a series in which I will go through the entire “little brown book”. This book is called “Reflections” by Don José María Arizemendiaretta, the spiritual founder of Mondragon. I will likely pull more than one quote per week. I will try to bounce around, but will likely run through it in a linear fashion just to keep my sanity.

I hope that you jump in and add your comments.

I also want to throw this out again–if you wish to contribute to this blog (under your name) please do so. I want this to be OUR blog. I want this to be more than my voice.

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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3 Responses to What’s Up?

  1. Michelle Thomason says:

    Looking forward to your little brown book adventure. And of course more pomo, anti-positivist discussions too.

  2. Mariana Paludi says:

    You inspire me John. sharing your thoughts with other people is very generous of you.
    look forward reading more of you.

  3. Mike V. says:

    “worker co-operatives are a physical expression of that paradigm–or they could be if they would reject the positivistism that dominates our organizations”

    As an anarchist and a Wobbly, I would love to hear more about this idea. Please revisit the topic when you have more time.

    Good luck in the PhD program.

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