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The Things We Know

This weekend I noticed a posting from a friend, colleague and mentor of mine: Tom Webb. He had found an old write up called The Things We Know. I am not sure of the source of this document, but if … Continue reading

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Democracy at Work Network

***Disclosure***
I was recently reelected to DAWN’s Board of Governors and the Training and Certification Committee. I am also a founding member of the organization. The following opinion (pitch, if you will) is all mine, however, and should not be seen … Continue reading

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Imagine 2012 and Beyond

In October, economists and cooperative thinkers from around the world met in Quebec to bridge the gap between the disciplines. The conference, Imagine2012, International Conference on Cooperative Economics featured a number of presenters such as Neva Goodwin, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Stefano … Continue reading

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The Three Dimensional Business Integration

The people who work in our businesses are not two dimensional, why should the structure be?
If you have studied business, or even US history, you have likely heard the term “vertical integration”. This concept was developed by US Steel as … Continue reading

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The Agency Dilemma in Worker Co-operatives

Last week at my other blog, Breathing Lessons, I discussed the Rochdale cul-de-sac as it applies to consumer cooperatives. This week, as part of this discussion over the future of US worker cooperatives, if not the labor movement in the … Continue reading

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Worker Co-ops and Workers or All in the Family

This might take several posts to really work through the issues, but the nature of worker coops conjures up visions of a workers’ paradise (and the source of the name for this blog); however, too often conflict rises and worker … Continue reading

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Another View of the Undercover Boss

The really great people at Labor Notes also noticed this show. Definitely read their take on it.
The Labor Notes essay reminded me of one of the real problems of the show (and the co-operative difference).
The narrative follows a fairly old … Continue reading

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#19 Participatory Management

The next principle from Mondragon is that of Participatory Management. This seems like a no-brainer for worker co-operatives. What is the point of going through all the work of setting up a worker co-op if the workers don’t actually have … 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 attempts … Continue reading

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The Co-operative Management Model

José Luis LaFuente discussed the management model being developed by Mondragon. He began by placing the model in perspective with the overall philosophy of Mondragon. It begins with the Inspirational Philosophy (the principles, the culture, and the values of Mondragon). … Continue reading

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