Co-operation - the beautiful idea

This booklet addresses the organisational issues that inhibit the development of many co-operative and mutual enterprises (CMEs). It deals with the practical aspects of running CMEs, including: co-operation in theory and practice, the economics of co-operation, the enterprise model, the purpose of co-operation, democratic control, leadership, financing - and provides an agenda for change. More

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About Edgar Parnell

Edgar Parnell has spent a lifetime working in co-operatives and mutuals of many forms and types. He has worked in and with a myriad of different organisations, ranging from the micro to the mega. His experience with a wide range of businesses, charities, non-governmental organisations and government institutions at local, national, regional and international levels has encompassed more than forty different countries. A former Chief Executive of the Plunkett Foundation, he is now an independent consultant. Previous appointments include: UN/ILO adviser in India, manager for the Fund for the Research and Development of Africa, adviser on co-operative management in Jamaica, manager and consultant for the CWS (The Co-operative Group), business consultant for Clarks Ltd., general manager of the Botswana Co-operative Development Trust, and senior management posts in several UK-based co-operatives. Edgar is the author of many publications including Reinventing Co-operation – the challenge of the 21st century. For more information about the author, please see:

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