May 4th, 2006Our first show introduces the co-operative model and the co-operative movement.
In this episode we seek to answer the question on everyone’s mind: what is a co-op? where did this all start?
- First our team of virile adventurous reporters visit the campus watering hole seeking answers to important questions in our segment, Word on the Street!
- Then we present the first of a two part interview introducing the co-operative model and movement. Eryk interviews Dr. Ian MacPherson (Director of the BCICS) and gets the scoop from a man you knows about co-operatives.
- Following the interview we have the co-operative Community Bulletin.
- And stay tuned at the end the Each for All Quiz Question for a chance to win a BCICS prize package that includes a book of your choice on co-ops and more!
Episode Supplemental Information:
What is a Co-op?
To learn the answer to this question and more visit the following sites:
- Co-op Youth Zone – What is a Co-op?
- CCA – What is a Co-op?
- Co-op Zone – What is a Co-op?
- BCCA – What is a Co-op?
More information on Co-ops – these are just to get you going. Check out each site’s Links pages.
- International Co-operative Alliance
- Canadian Co-operative Association
- Co-op Zone -Canadian
- BC Co-op Association
- BC Institute for Co-operative Studies, University of Victoria
- Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan
The ICA’s 7 Principles of Co-operative Identity
As we mentioned Ian was instrumental in helping draft the 7 Principles of Co-op Identity. The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice. These principles will be a recurring theme on our show. The principles really encapsulate the difference between the co-op model and other forms of business organisation. For more info visit www.ica.coop/coop/principles.html
1st Principle: Voluntary and Open Membership
2nd Principle: Democratic Member Control
3rd Principle: Member Economic Participation
4th Principle: Autonomy and Independence
5th Principle: Education, Training and Information
6th Principle: Co-operation among Co-operatives
7th Principle: Concern for Community
Music Played on the Show
We played a co-operative themed tune written by Greg O’neill and Hazel Corcoran titled, “The Big Idea”. These two people are active in the Canadian Co-operative Movement. Greg is a Co-op Developer in the NWT and Hazel works with the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation. This tune was brought to us here in Victoria during our 1st annual Building Co-operative Futures conference in 2003. Greg is releasing it on a new CD due out this year. we’ll keep you posted.
For background information on some of the topics discussed in this week’s show please see the following publications.
- Averich, Paul. Anarchist Portraits. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988. [See chapters on P. Kropotkin]
- Archer, Julian. “The Cooperative Ideal in the Socialist Thought of the First International in France” in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History, Vol. 6.
- Birchall, Johnston. The International Co-operative Movement. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1997.
- Craig, John G. The Nature of Co-operation. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1993.
- Durr, Andy. “William King of Brighton: Co-operation’s Prophet?” in New Views of Co-operation, S. Yeo eds. New York: Routledge, 1988.
- Engles, Friedrich. The Condition of the Working Class in England. Translated by Florence Wischnewetzky. Edited with a foreword by Victor Kiernan. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin, c1987.
- Fairbairn, Brett. Raiffeissen and Desjardins: Co-operative Leadership, Identity, and Memory. Unpublished Paper. [BCICS call number: 0782.9F]
- Holyoake, G.J. “The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers” in British Co-operation: The History, Principles and Organization of the British Co-operative Movement. [BCICS call number: 0773.9 H1985]
- MacPherson, Ian & Yeo, Stephen. Pioneers of Co-operation: 160th Anniversary Reflections on the Opening of the Toad Lane Store. Victoria: Co-operative College & British Columbia Institute for Co-operative Studies, 2005.
- Nagai, Yoshio. “‘Co-operation’ and Socialism in Robert Owen,” in Robert Owen and the World of Co-operation, ed. Chushichi Tsuzuki. Tokyo: Robert Owen Association of Japan, 1992.
- Ravnholt, Henning. The Danish Co-operative Movement: Danish Information Handbooks. Copenhagen: Det Danske Selskab, 1947. [BCICS call number: 0368.7613]