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Cooperative Business Model

Upon further research I find that Cooperatives have been around since tribal times and really got a start in the 1700’s.  They take many forms but have a few values and principles that set them apart.

“Cooperatives are based on the cooperative values of “self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, solidarity” and the seven cooperative principles:

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Member Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training and Information
  6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
  7. Concern for Community

Cooperatives are dedicated to the values of openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Such legal entities have a range of social characteristics. Membership is open, meaning that anyone who satisfies certain non-discriminatory conditions may join. Economic benefits are distributed proportionally to each member’s level of participation in the cooperative, for instance by a dividend on sales or purchases, rather than according to capital invested. Cooperatives may be classified as worker, consumer, producer, purchasing or housing cooperatives. They are distinguished from other forms of incorporation in that profit-making or economic stability are balanced by the interests of the community.”

“Co-operatives are enterprises that put people at the center of their business and not capital, and thus can be defined in terms of three basic interests: ownership, control, and beneficiary.  In the co-operative enterprise are all three interests are vested directly in the hands of the user.  In contrast, for-profit companies are designed to produce a profit for the owners (shareholders).  Since the owners of a co-op are also the customers, lowered prices and extra services are acceptable instead of profits.”

If you wish to learn more about these business models, I would start here.  In the meantime, remember to focus on the heart of the issue, a better world for everyone!  We all deserve to live life to the fullest and it is well within our grasps if we choose to.

Cooperative behavior is the immediate future for our society as we grow more trusting and more concerned about the welfare of all creatures on earth.  Humanity is awakening!  We have a vested interest to create sustainable systems and live a low impact lifestyle that supports every system on earth.  A brilliant idea whose time has come!

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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Competition vs Cooperation

What if we took the profit motive out of corporations?  How would life change if all businesses where “non-profit”?  Each business would have to vow to share the profits equally with all employees.  There would still be pay grades but with limits (to start with).  No more million dollar salaries or minimum wage.

Would this change your behavior at work?  How so?  Please share in the comments section below.  Companies like Wal-Mart are great because they have buying power and can offer products through the benefits of mass production.  When these companies act responsibly it is good for everyone in the chain including the environment.  Society working together in a cooperative fashion is a win-win.

Today competition drives the economy which means someone always loses.  The concept of cooperative business is not new and has been used on a small scale all over the world.  It is great for community and the individuals who participate in the community; however a cooperative attitude takes maturity.  Not everyone is ready for this level of sharing, collaboration, and good will.  This is OK, because as the number of people embracing cooperation reaches a tipping point it will spread like wildfire.

I believe we are close to the tipping point right now.  Just look around and see the changes!  Current competitive business models are failing on a major world wide scale that boggles the mind!  If it were not for the Federal Government the major banks and automakers in the USA would be out of business.  (Probably many other big businesses, too)  This includes almost every other major country in the world.  Consider the message of Occupy Wall Street.  The time has come to put business as usual aside and start being cooperative.  Forget the brainwashing you got in school, from your Government, and from your family and friends.  It is time to get creative folks!

There are several models for cooperative business emerging and we will take a look at them in the next blog!  We must ask ourselves, “How important is money in the working of society?” Is money really necessary?  Everything you purchase is a statement of your beliefs.  What are you supporting? Why?

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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