PRAYER – GOD SAVE CO-OPERATIVES

Dr Gary Lewis  – An Australian co-operatives historian who re-wrote this prayer a couple of years ago. 

  • Save us from academics that pour over the entrails of co-operatives, then consign them to the footnotes.
  • Save us from managers who think cooperatives are like their egos – bigger is better. (Many CEO’s  educated in Australia with MBA’s don’t know or see the overseas value or vision for coops)
  • Save us from Politicians who periodically promote cooperatives but, when elected, put them back into the too hard basket.
  • Save us from governments who cut cooperation to suit their ideological pursuits. 
  • Save us from the headless dogma that has narrowly confined cooperation for economic enterprise.  (Larger coops don’t see the coop movement structures needed to start and grow and support others) 
  • Save us from investors who believe money is always more important than democracy (schools and banks don’t understand coops)

Egar Parnell in the  UK – originally wrote the prayer in the early … Read more

COMMUNITY WEALTH BUILDING

What is Community Wealth Building?

My interpretation of the big picture:

• Re-making our local economy, creating a strong, resilient community with trust-based relationships, local connections, individual community champions, reserves of human capital and volunteer effort.

• Working with “anchor institutions” with the aim of maximising local economic, environmental and social benefits from their spending on goods, works and services.

• “Clawing back” wealth with local import replacement and recycling of local income thereby stemming the leakage of revenue from the Hawkesbury.

Why care about Building Community Wealth?

• This is about the dignity and sense of worth of our local community; of their relevance; of their well-being and their productive and useful place in the economy.

• Creating a fairer and more sustainable economy that retains and builds wealth that adds social value from within.

• This is a practical agenda to address real, local economic stresses.

• This is a “bottom-up” approach

Why now?

• Our regions have Read more