Why Co-ops Will Move Us Forward

From autocratic to democratic, the big shift we can actually make.

The world has changed a lot in the last five years. That’s why we need to change the way we organize our businesses as well. In this article, let’s discuss why co-ops are a critical and relatively undervalued tool for progressive thinking. I’ll review their benefits, introduce a new model for them, and show you how to get involved.

Why democratize the workplace?

As workers, we are all affected by the decisions made by the people who run our workplaces. That’s why it’s so important for us to have a say in how our workplaces are run. The self-government that exists in a cooperative allows for this kind of democratic participation.

We should be able to have a say in the decisions that affect our lives and communities — not just because they affect us personally, but because they impact everyone else around us as well. In cooperatives, we have this right: We can make decisions about what happens at work together; we don’t have to leave them up to an executive board or management team who may not have our best interests at heart (or may not even care).

Benefits

The benefits of a co-operative structure are many. For starters, it recognizes that the people working for a company are its most valuable assets. This value is reflected in decision making structures that empower employees rather than furthering their exploitation — for example, by giving them greater control over the direction of their work and allowing them to take ownership over the profits their labor generates.

A co-op also allows for democratic governance by members, which results in increased worker participation in an organization’s governance. While this may not seem like much on its own, studies have shown that employee participation leads to higher levels of engagement and improved performance on both sides: workers feel more invested in the tasks they perform and employers enjoy higher productivity from happy employees who believe they have input into how things run at work.

A new Cooperative Model

Co-ops are democratic. They give everyone a voice, and they let people decide how things get done.

The members of a cooperative are the owners, so when you join a co-op, you’re buying into its purpose and mission as much as its products or services. And if even one person leaves, the whole thing can collapse — which means that everyone has an incentive to work together for the good of the organization.

Why Co-ops?

Co-ops are a way of organizing that is more democratic because the people who use their services, or whose labor helps to create them, have an equal say in how they’re run. This means that decisions are made by all members (or sometimes just majority vote), and there’s less of a difference between those who make decisions and those who benefit from them than you might find in other organizations. Co-ops also tend to be more transparent about what they do; many publish annual reports and financial statements so that members know how much money is coming in and where it’s going out. Most importantly though, co-ops give everyone a voice: if there’s something you care about but no one else at the meeting does then you can still bring it up! You don’t have to wait until everyone else gets bored with talking about something else before raising your hand again — you’re allowed!

This principle also extends beyond meetings: since everyone has equal voting power within their workplace cooperative then everyone will feel like they have some control over their daily lives as well as what happens at work itself; this can lead towards greater job satisfaction overall which makes both individuals happier while also making things better socially too!

COOPERATIVES ARE SUSTAINABLE IN SO MANY WAYS: FOR OUR PLANET AND OTHERS LIKE US WHO NEED IT TO SURVIVE, WE CAN DO THIS ONE THING RIGHT NOW THAT WILL MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. IF WE’RE CONSIDERATE ABOUT HOW OUR ACTIONS EFFECT EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD AS WELL AS OURSELVES THEN WE HAVE A CHANCE AT MAKING HAPPY LIVES FOR OURSELVES AND OUR KIDS.

Co-ops have new technological tools for organizing that make them more accessible and powerful.

What is a DAO?

  • A DAO, or “decentralized autonomous organization,” is a new type of democratic enterprise with its own internal governance structure. It uses blockchain technology to manage its financial transactions and interactions in ways that are more open, transparent and efficient than traditional corporate structures.
  • Want to take a deep dive into Types of DAOs and how to create one? Check out this in-depth article from CoinTelegraph

What’s so good about it?

It brings advantages that are especially important for co-operatives:

  • A more democratic process for decision making — members decide on how their co-op should operate using an online platform where everyone has equal access and voices can be heard equally (no matter what your job or position). This helps ensure that the collective interests of all members are considered in decisions.
  • More transparency — all financial information is made available to members through this online platform so they can see exactly where money is going while also keeping track of any profits made by the cooperative as a whole. This makes sure no one can misuse funds without being noticed by other members of management team who might want to take advantage of them without consent from other people working at same place too.”

So are you ready to join the movement? To get involved, start by finding a co-op in your city or region. There’s probably one near you that can give you ideas and pointers on how to start your own. With the right support network, you’ll be up and running in no time. Looking for a place to start? Food is a great way to begin: More cooperatives in the food business means more healthy, ecologically sustainable food for everyone! If we all take the initiative, there’s so much we can do for our communities — and even for the world.

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Amanda is the Chief Operating Officer at Squiggly Studios, Inc. Providing a decentralized environment for those building experiences in virtual worlds.

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Amanda is the Chief Operating Officer at Squiggly Studios, Inc. Providing a decentralized environment for those building experiences in virtual worlds.

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