Cooperation and Progressive Managment

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Co-op loses lawsuit: What Members Say Goes. Written by T.S. Last/El Defensor Chieftain, 25 May 2011

Readers, while this is not the reform of the monetary and fiscal model, it is a significant decision, in a legal body of law which is not very well established, at least in the US. The judge, I believe, was entirely proper in his judgment. There has been a cultural struggle going on between the corporate priority of centralization within the command and control ideology and something closer to democracy by participation and by outcomes within the domain of cooperatives in the US. for now, Tadit Anderson

The Mondragon Experiment The Public Purpose Corporation by Greg MacLeod April 4, 2009

Readers, this is a much better article than the one by Thom Hartmann. It also notes that corporations are legal fictions, and that cooperatives as legal fictions are bound to the development of their communities. This is at least a notch above the expectation that corporations serve the interests of their communities. MacLeod also plainly notes the reliance of corporations upon the infrastructure of a society so that the conditions exist by which the corporations can generate income.

"In the Shadow of the Dragon" by: Thom Hartmann, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Serialized Book, Jan. 24, 2011

Readers, this article is not the of the highest quality. I apologize. It is at a more "popular" level of analysis, which my prove to be more attractive to some readers. For that alone it has a value. The article by Greg MacLeod is at a higher level of examination. MacLeod has a book which I believe that has been published in French, and is soon to be translated into English. For now, Tadit Anderson


COLUMBUS, Ohio - Employees may dislike abusive bosses, but they dislike incompetent, disorganized managers even more. A new study suggests that mismanagement may be the biggest threat to working with dignity.

In a new book, a sociology professor at Ohio State University analyzed more than 100 studies of contemporary workplaces to discover how employees found (or failed to find) dignity - a sense of meaning and fulfillment in their work.

Quotes From Mary Parker Follett (1868 to 1933)

I am convinced that any feeling of exaltation because we have people under us should be conquered, for I am sure that if we enjoy being over people, there will be something in our manner which will make them dislike being under us.

The manager cannot share his(/her) power with division superintendent or foreman or workman, but he(she) can give them opportunities for developing their power.

Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed.

Can we start new employee-owned companies in Ohio on a mass scale? Tools from Spain By John Logue

This article was first written for "Owners at Work", v. 20, no. 2 (Winter 2008/09).

Dateline: December 2, 2008. National Bureau of Economic Research announces that US in recession since December 2007.

Another recession in Ohio? We are still in the last one! Between January 1, 2000, and November 30, 2007, Ohio lost 255,200 manufacturing jobs -- 25% of our manufacturing base. Total Ohio employment dropped 154,700 or 2.8%. Since the "new" recession began on December 1, 2007 through October 2008, we’ve lost an additional 23,800 manufacturing jobs and 41,700 jobs over all.

The Transformation as Sandbox Syndrome by Michael Marien

Readers: In the task of increasing economic literacy in its many variations the transformation of what is understood by the word "economics" and the assumptions that many people have whiche cause them to substitute a low toned version of economistic nonsense for the high toned economistic toxic sewage there is a common pattern. It is one reason for the chaotic nature of the Tea-bagger's faux revolt, looking for simple answers and someone else to blame for it all. It also produces the reflexive sorts of Marxism which have a lot of dogma but little sense of application or constructive process.

US Steelworkers Form Collaboration with Mondragon Federation of Cooperatives

Readers: This is an interesting piece of news. Hopefully, this will accomplish more that the much vaunted Apollo Project which has been in existence for several years now, and hasn't produced much more than a website and a lot of fanfare. This is quite a test for Mondragon as well.

“The Logic of Conformity: The Corruption of Economy” Tadit Anderson

   In the history of ideas in the U.S. within the social sciences, civic affairs, industrial psychology, management theory, social work, and related beach front property there was a span of time from about 1886 to 1928, when the major principles and practices took a turn toward conformity, rather than sustaining an open discourse. The majority of this shift is connected to investments by corporate interests to advance its own interests as political favors for pay and under the pretense of generosity, otherwise known as philanthropy.

In Search of Cooperative Management by Tadit Anderson May 15th 2009

  Often “mangement” in cooperatives has been a liability relative to the ability of a business to produce wealth on a sustainable basis and relative to its effect on its community. Even so, these difficulties do not really distinguish the management of cooperatives from management perpetrated elsewhere. Personalizing the faults of prior management after the fact does not address why management with in name only prior experience was accepted at the time and doesn't do anything toward changing the concept of management within cooperatives.

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