2014 NYT Essay


Mondragon Inspired Concept Papers

Proposed Co-op Initiatives

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective:

“A collective is a group of people who share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective. Collectives are also characterized by attempts to share and exercise political and social power and to make decisions on a consensus-driven and egalitarian basis. Collectives differ from cooperatives in that they are not necessarily focused upon an economic benefit or saving (but can be that as well).

Related material can be found here:

possibly here:
wikipedia on the Mondragón Cooperative
typology of Social Enterprises

here (a page-full of links)

and maybe especially here:

To ensure democracy in any co-op some rules of organization are essential. Decisions should be based on one member one vote, not one share one vote. While shares of the business can be distributed any way appropriate, no one fulfilling membership requirements should have any more vote than anyone else. All employees should be members, even if they own no shares. Likewise, there should be no non-member share holders. There should be open access to records for all members. And, to protect the collective, there should be a significant entrance requirement, be it a fee to buy in or some amount of labor.

Whether the cooperative serves workers or consumers, the fundamental reason for its existence is different than, and a challenge to capitalist modes of organization. The cooperative serves to provide goods and services for its members in proportion to the use they make of the enterprise, rather than producing profits for shareholders.

There’s more there worth reading, too.

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