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Policy Governance and Co-operatives


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What's wrong with Uk Co-operative governance, and how policy governance could fix it

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Policy Governance and Co-operatives

  1. 1. pg tips 5 reasons #coops could benefit from policy governance (if they’re really concerned about member democracy) @theboyler
  2. 2. quick & dirty guide to policy governance @theboyler
  3. 3. ends - who are we here to benefit and how exactly will we benefit them? @theboyler
  4. 4. limitations what can’t be done to achieve those ends? @theboyler
  5. 5. 1 the iron law of oligarchy = the war on drugs @theboyler
  6. 6. 2 career (socio)paths @theboyler
  7. 7. without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element. Public life gradually falls asleep, a few dozen party leaders of inexhaustible energy and boundless experience direct and rule. Among them, in reality only a dozen outstanding heads do the leading and an elite of the working class is invited from time to time to meetings where they are to applaud the speeches of the leaders, and to approve proposed resolutions unanimously – at bottom, then, a clique affair 2 Rosa Luxembourg The Russian Revolution @theboyler
  8. 8. 3 Parkinson’s Law: a feature, not a bug @theboyler
  9. 9. 4 doing democracy badly is toxic to the very idea of democracy @theboyler
  10. 10. open source governance vs Democratic Centralism 5 @theboyler
  11. 11. Undemocratic Centralism Long career paths for inadequate experts 5 Stay close to executives Neither properly guide nor properly hold to account Micromanagement Confidentiality and Collective Responsibility open source Ordinary members expert at being ordinary members Stay closer to members Set strong direction linked to member benefit Focus on bigger picture Open discussion and disagreement @theboyler
  12. 12. @theboyler