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When a man acts, he pronounces himself to the world. When a man who has become a leader enriches himself and his family at the expense of his followers, he is a syphon; When a man speaks words that betray reality, he is a liar; When a man sees himself as the only answer to … Continue reading When A Man
“Free, only want to be free, We huddle close, Hang on to a dream.”  –America by Neil Diamond There’s no shortage of patriotic music today, July 4.  From God Bless America sung by Kate Smith to America by Simon and Garfunkle,  America the Beautiful by Ray Charles, God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood, I’ve heard songs all day … Continue reading They’re Coming to America
“It is said that the children of the very poor are not brought up, but dragged up.”                                                    Bleak House, by Charles Dickens It’s an image that is haunting, and daunting, this … Continue reading Bleak House
It has been a strange week for me. My  head spent the days immersed in matters like employee ownership, organizational strengthening, empowerment, open book management, continuous improvement, transparency and the wisdom inherent in organizations. My heart was in Nicaragua, at the foot of Peñas Blancas, with more than 50 peasant producers who are spending the … Continue reading Here and There
Communities ploughing the seas René Mendoza Vidaurre, Mark Lester and Fabiola Zeledón The unfaithful market “Bring your coffee and I will pay you 100 córdobas more per quintal than that coyote that is circling you”, Carmelón the trader said by cell phone. Pedro weighed his coffee before leaving on the bus, it weighed 3 quintals. … Continue reading Communities ploughing the seas
The Principle of Stewardship in Cooperatives René Mendoza, Steve Sheppard and Mark Lester Stewardship is a biblical idea. God is the creator of the earth, and people are his administrators. Paul explained it, “Because we are co-workers of God, and you are the God´s field, God´s building.” (1 Cor 3:19). Stewardship is oikonomos: a person … Continue reading The Principle of Stewardship in Cooperatives
Not tripping over the same stone by Fabiola Zeledón, Freddy Pérez, Claudio Hernández, Hulda Miranda, Rebeca Espinoza and René Mendoza Juan, president of the cooperative, got off the bus, and walked like a rooster, with his chest held high. -Greetings, young lady. I am the president of the cooperative -Good day, Juan. -Call me “Mr … Continue reading Not tripping over the same stone
Getting off the old path and getting on the cooperative path [for pdf version] René Mendoza Vidaurre[1] I was a fieldhand. I was a foreman. I knew how to become a patron. That is what I wanted. That is what I was doing when one day in 1968, on returning home, I ran into an … Continue reading Getting off the old path and getting on the cooperative path

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WPF concept paper final Jan 2014

For an introduction to this Concept Paper,
see CEO Steve Sheppard’s Jan. 31, 2014 blog post titled
The Difficult Work of Bridges.