Mon 31 Jan 2022 4:09PM

Solidarity Economy Principles

SF Sean Farmelo Public Seen by 108

Hi all,

I thought I would share these principles which are being worked on at present by North American co-operatives, I wonder what people think of them and whether anyone sees any scope for contributions to the drafting process. Personally I was thinking that something to do with climate, approaches to value and degrowth would be a good addition, and that these sort of more developed principles could be something useful to worker co-operatives in the process of developing their secondary rules. https://solidarityeconomyprinciples.org/about/


Sion Whellens (Principle Six/Calverts) Fri 4 Feb 2022 12:30PM

They asked me to write something in the way of looking at different funding models and strategies, but actually I doubt there's that much crossover between Stir's print subscribers and SF. Wasn't thinking to recruit but if a couple of people sign up, all good :)


Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Fri 4 Feb 2022 1:03PM

The difference a worker co-op fed would provide is that CUK has a wide remit and has to focus on the needs of the large retail co-ops, community co-ops etc , so we wouldn't end up with an identical organisation. A worker co-op fed would be focused.


Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Fri 4 Feb 2022 1:06PM

I saw it like this

Solidfund - a movement of individual people who are members of worker co-ops and supporters. People are members

Worker Co-op Federation - a federation of worker co-ops. The co-ops as corporate entity are the members.

or maybe I'm wrong


Simon Ball (Blake House) Fri 4 Feb 2022 1:22PM

yes but if you analyse the patterns and similarities within the worker coop ecosystem you could make a prediction that similar things will occur in the future where the worker coop fed has to account for larger worker coops and the contributions they make to the upkeep etc etc. as i see it if you want to make a different iteration of some kind of national body you have to be able to spot the reasons as to why such an offer is appealing in the first place (eg the blind spots in cuk and how not to recreate the things that make a replacement a viable thought).

unless everybody simply wants a co-ops uk replacement that does everything that co-ops uk does but for worker co-ops, a concept that i would find utterly bizarre. but, democracy n all that init.


Sion Whellens (Principle Six/Calverts) Fri 4 Feb 2022 3:29PM

I think it's more about what Coops UK doesn't and probably can't do, which is to create a true and compelling narrative about worker cooperation, and a way for people to engage with and practice it - people other than business owners, policymakers and professional advisors


Sion Whellens (Principle Six/Calverts) Fri 4 Feb 2022 3:31PM

To some extent the larger/more established will always subsidise supoport for the smaller/newer (a bit like the retail consumer coops 'subsidise' Coops UKs services to other coops).


Kate Whittle Sat 5 Feb 2022 10:40AM

I thought the Social Economy Principles (thanks @Simon Ball (Blake House) ) were interesting, but perhaps more food for thought for the planning stages of a potential Worker Co-op Federation. Which in turn could itself be a Federal member of CUK?


Alex Bird Sat 5 Feb 2022 11:27AM

At union-coops:uk we have adopted the 3 additional principles I first proposed in 2015

Might be a basis for further discussion



Kate Whittle Sat 5 Feb 2022 4:37PM

Credit Unions in the U.S. have proposed an eighth Co-operative Principle which addresses Diversity Equity and Inclusion in th co-operative movement. . See https://deitalks.com/


Martin Meteyard Sun 6 Feb 2022 1:50PM

There are several escellent articles on the issue of co-op identity in this month's issue of Co-operative News, including this one: https://www.thenews.coop/159954/sector/regional-organisations/co-op-identity-with-mission-and-purpose-we-can-move-mountains/

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