Let’s forget about tomorrow. Not because, as the song goes, it never comes, but because the election that happens tomorrow will have little effect on the worker co-ops of 2040 (or even 2011 for that matter).
We need to think about our journey. I want to thank Mike for his generous comments and hope that other will join in once the election cycle ends and people can begin thinking again without the screeching of the 24 hour news cycle.
If you believe in a better world, a more sustainable world–a world in which the work of humans (and the human doing the work) has value and receives value from their community, then tomorrow is a day to feed your inner political junkie, but the day after tomorrow is a day to continue the journey that we have been on since the rise of Adam Smith.
Our movement is a movement of small steps with occasional leaps and bounds. A vision of our movement in 2040, whatever it may be, begins with how we all act tomorrow. Some of these steps can be easy, some will take some effort. All will take a focus on the larger vision: creating a co-operative world.
What steps can you take to reach that world?
1. Exchange your CD with a bank (or even a credit union) and invest it in the Northcountry Co-operative Development Fund’s Worker Ownership Fund–or if you are a bit more flush, just invest.
2. Make a point of introducing yourself to your Alderperson and other local officials. Let them know how important your co-operative is to you and the community.
3. If you really want to get wonky, follow the planning commission for your community, attend their meetings and interject your beleifs on co-operatives.
4. Shop co-op whenever possible.
These are only a few small steps, but the hardest part of changing the world is getting out of bed and choosing to do it. It has been said that if we don’t know where we want to go, any road will do. However, even if we do know where we want to go, we need to recognize that we will likely have to build the road as we travel.
Together, we can get there.