Awakening the world's biggest social movement ...
 
Reviving the
Cooperative Movement


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Initiatives, innovations, and actions to revive the cooperative
movement and revitalise its culture, leadership and representation

 

 

 
Invitation to Participate

Around the world, everyone is searching for new models of business that are dynamic and accountable, innovative and sustainable, environmentally responsible and people-centred. In every country, this search leads towards a rediscovery of cooperatives and mutuals - businesses that are owned not by investors or by the state but by their members, as consumers, producers, workers, farmers, tenants, parents, residents, artists, retailers, savers or investors.

The potential for cooperatives and mutuals to become the business norm, the primary mode of enterprise in our societies in the 21st century, is unprecedented. Technology-driven connectivity makes cooperation between individuals and groups, on a large scale, less costly and more feasible than at any time in history.

Yet the potential for cooperatives and mutuals to take centre stage in the global economy is everywhere constrained by inappropriate practices in leadership, management and representation. Democratic governance and member-driven innovation have been supplanted, in too many cases, by management capture, hierarchy-driven knowledge flows, market inertia and capital inadequacy.

In the 19th century, cooperatives and mutuals proudly constituted a 'movement' that involved every second household in the English-speaking world. Today the term 'movement' is still used, but the entrepreneurial vitality of grassroots people it refers to needs regeneration and revival.

Reviving the Cooperative Movement is a global initiative. It will encourage, facilitate, support and promote initiatives within and between cooperatives and mutuals. In recent years, tens of thousands of individuals in many different cooperatives and mutuals have sought regeneration and renewal of their organisations, but many have felt isolated and ineffective in their efforts. Reviving the Cooperative Movement will use online connectivity to link reformers, by country and by cooperative type. The cooperative movement has always been an international movement.

Your participation is invited. A Statement of Purpose follows. A Global Leadership Group will guide the development of the network. Country Coordinators will coordinate activity in each nation.

In 2018, we invite members and supporters of cooperatives and mutuals around the world to participate in Rating Co-operatives and Mutuals according to Co-operative Principles. This project
invites a rating of Good (3 points); Fair (2 points); Poor (1 point); or Dreadful (0 points) using Seven Criteria. Click here to rate your cooperative or mutual.

Expressions of Interest in participating may be expressed through the online form below.

This project is an initiative of the Civil Society Movement, a global movement for the building of civil society.

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1. The cooperative and mutual sector in the global economy is large and diverse but lacks peer-generated mechanisms for reform and regeneration, and member-generated tools for strategic development and innovation.

2. Reviving the Cooperative Movement is a peer-generated instrument for revitalisation, transformational leadership, and innovation in cooperatives and mutuals. It uses online and face-to-face connectivity to network reformers and innovators.

3.
Reviving the Cooperative Movement will address the following issues and develop strategic responses to them:

    a. management capture of cooperatives and mutuals
    b.
contraints on member-driven governance and innovation
    c. vertical rather than horizontal flows of information and communication
    d. entrepreneurial vitality in cooperatives and mutuals
    e. scale and member-driven governance
    f. membership-based leadership
    g. dependence on government patronage
    h. dependence on consultancy businesses for extension and development
    i. challenges in multi-stakeholder cooperation
    j. bureaucratisation of the cooperative movement

4. Reviving the Cooperative Movement will encourage, facilitate, support and promote reform initiatives within and between cooperatives and mutuals world-wide.

5. A Global Leadership Group will guide the development of the network. Country Coordinators will coordinate activity in each nation.

6.
Reforming the Cooperative Movement is an independent network of participants. It is not a provider of services or member benefits, nor is it a consultancy business.


Register here

Vern Hughes
Convenor
Director, Centre for Civil Society
+61 425 722 890
vern@civilsociety.org.au

http://civilsocietymovement.org
 


Participation Form
 

Name 

Email  

Phone  (bh)     Phone (ah) 

 Role/Occupation  

Cooperative or Mutual  

City or Region     Country        


            I would like to participate in Reviving the Cooperative Movement
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            I would like to participate in the Global Leadership Group


            I would like to act as a Country Coordinator


  Tell us about your experience in the cooperative movement and your interest in this initiative:

 


Tell us about yourself and what you can contribute to this project:




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