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  •  Since REI is a co-op this is a good time to post.. (6+ / 0-)

    The Seven Cooperative Principles:

    Co-op Principles

    The International Co-operative Alliance has established seven principles that define co-ops as part of their Statement on the Co-operative Identity.

    Principle 1: Voluntary and Open Membership

    Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

    Principle 2: Democratic Member Control

    Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.

    Principle 3: Member Economic Participation

    Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

    Principle 4: Autonomy and Independence

    Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter to agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

    Principle 5: Education, Training and Information

    Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

    Principle 6: Cooperation among Cooperatives

    Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

    Principle 7: Concern for Community

    Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

    "This is NOT what I thought I'd be when I grew up."

    by itzik shpitzik on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:30:03 AM PST

    •  Now I'm kinda (5+ / 0-)

      feeling guilty for not taking all that active a role in my co-op duties. But I do cherish my REI membership, even if I maybe don't vote in every board election.

      "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

      by Joan McCarter on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:36:28 AM PST

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      •  Knowing that you can vote is almost as important. (3+ / 0-)
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        I'm the manager of a co-op (not a big national one!). When things are going well, voter turnout is not very high and elections are sometimes uncontested. We have 3 member meetings/year and write about it in our newsletter for everyone who didn't go, and over 60% of our members say they read all or most of it. ( ! )

        A friend once called to tell me that he and his wife had gotten the notice about an informational meeting about an important project the members would eventually be asked to vote on. He called to say the last thing they wanted to do when they got home from work was go to an informational meeting, but that it was really important to them that they could.

        "This is NOT what I thought I'd be when I grew up."

        by itzik shpitzik on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:43:43 AM PST

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      •  REI was founded with ' pure intention ' (6+ / 0-)

        I've been a loyal REI member for over 50 years.  
        I'm overjoyed by the nomination of Sally Jewell.

        Humanity is one family ... with one heart.

        by abarefootboy on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:47:34 AM PST

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