Episode 13: Why Cooperatives Work: Love is More Effective Than Greed

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Cooperatives have been shown to be 9 times more likely to succeed than normal businesses, but why!? In simple terms one could say that "love is more effective than greed", but it turns out that it's a bit more complex. Our guests discuss many different factors involved in creating a successful cooperative, including the amount and quality of education available to members, the depth of the participation of the members, their communication skills, and even the ability to attune oneself to the needs of the collective.

Our guests also drive home the point that the spiritual and psychological development of the individual plays a tremendously important role in these communities. They suggest, though not always agreeing on the terminology, that a leadership structure based on depth and skill, should be in the forefront of the minds of those who want to create a successful cooperative.

This is part 2 of a two-part series. Listen to Part 1, The Cooperative Movement: It's Not Me and Mine, It's We and Ours.

Additional Resources:

- The Cooperative Movement: Globalization from Below, by Dick Williams
- International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
- Mondragon Cooerative