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