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#18 The Instrumental and Subordinate Nature of Capital

“We do not aspire to economic development as an end, but as a means.”
–Don José María Arizmendiarrieta, spiritual founder of Mondragon
This Mondragon principle, in practice, operates more closely to the Identity Statement principle of Member Economic Participation. I included it … Continue reading

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The Worker Coop User Principles and The Mondragon Experience

The US Department of Agriculture identifies the first three principles of the identity statement as the “user principles.’ In US parlance, this means that the users of a cooperative’s services benefit from the cooperative’s activities, the users of a cooperative … Continue reading

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#14 Democratic Member Control

After missing my Monday morning deadline due to a funeral, Mother Nature has given me the gift of a day away from the office (I really haven’t anyway to get to work) so I can at least catch up on … Continue reading

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#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 attempts … Continue reading

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