Open Cooperative

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What does " Open" Mean and How Does it Apply to Cooperatives?

All manner of cooperatives exist in the world today, from two people sharing a donkey all the way up to powerful institutions where the members are gigantic multinational corporations.

When it comes to legal definitions in most jurisdictions a cooperative is organized in order to benefit the members. When that ceases to happen, either the member leaves or the cooperative itself ceases to function or even exist.

Peer-to-peer theory starts with the individual, and at the root of an Open Cooperative, then, we must ask ourselves:

To what end does it serve the individual members of a cooperative to maintain principles of Openness in their business interactions?

Here are some of the subjects to which the concept of Openness has been applied:

  • Accounting
  • Membership
  • Standards

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