Co-operation: how?

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We are running our Co-operative Congress this weekend in the heart of Birmingham – 270 people coming together to look at where next for co-operation and mutuality. The theme is ‘co-operation: how?’

There is, as ever, a great starting point in the story of the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society, who in 1877, published this considered ‘Advice to Members’, including guidance that:

“Let integrity, intelligence and ability be indispensible qualifications in the choice of officers and managers, and not wealth or distinction.”

“Choose those only for your leaders whom you can trust, and then give them your confidence”

“Let committees of management always have the authority of the members before taking any important or expensive step.”

It is co-operative business advice that still stands strong.

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