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Extracts from—George Jacob Holyoake, Essentials of Co-operative Education, The labour Association, London, UK, 1898
The labour Association was established to promote co-operative production based on co-partnership of the workers.
George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906) was a pioneer of the UK co-operative movement. He was a founder of the Co-operative Union in 1877 and the headquarters of Co-operatives UK (formerly the Co-operative Union) is named after him—Holyoake House. He wrote The History of the Rochdale Pioneers (1857) , The History of Co-operation in England (1875) and The Co-operative Movement Today (1891)
Who is the servant? “The holder of office sometimes comes to think that the society is his servant—not he the servant of the society—and regards the members as an inferior class. It was what Shakespeare describes as ‘the insolence of office’ which made the Americans adopt the ‘spoil system’ which enables electors to secure civility by bestowing or withholding office.” ( p 3)
How directors jump? “So when anyone is to be elected to office, it is prudent to first find out how he jumps. And he will jump well if he has had real co-operative education.” ( p 3)
Duties and Reasons “It is surely part of co-operative education to instruct a member in the duties he will be called upon to discharge, and the reasons which should influence him.” ( p 10)
Co-operators and right action. “Since members may become leaders in their turn, and are always electors of leaders, the quality of every man and woman in a co-operative society is of paramount importance. The sort of person the elector looks for will depend upon what the elector is himself. Cobden said of Lord Palmerston that he was so impartial that he had no bias—not even towards the truth. But co-operators are the better for that kind of instruction which gives them a bias towards right action. “ ( p 8)
Pathetic Advocates. “Few things are more pathetic than to see advocates who have made great sacrifices for the cause, becoming despondent because those whom they have sought to serve seem to care nothing for the advantages offered to them. As I have said elsewhere, when was it otherwise? ( p 14)
Co-operation Good-Will “Before and since the time of the Pioneers, co-operation has meant good-will to others—in contradistinction to competition, which means good-will to itself. But good-will to others implies equity—for that would be a shabby sort of good-will which is unjust to anyone. Co-operation signifies, in its very nature, working together—and working together means friendliness; for unfriendly people never work together long.” ( p 4)
Beginning Co-operative Education. “It was written on the tombstone of one who died very young, ‘if I were so soon to be done for, I wonder what I was begun for,’ How many members have we whose co-operative education never was begun? Yet how can directors of a society calculate its growth and progress—the zeal of those members may dies an early death, and the directors not foresee it?” ( p 2)
At 8:30 p.m on 29 December ABC1 showed the first of four programs on the People's Supermarket in the UK. The programs were first broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK in early 2011. The People's Supermarket was established in May 2010. Is the People's Supermarket a food co-operative or is it something else?
On behalf of all States and Territories, on 8 November 2011 NSW Fair Trading invited submissions on reporting requirements for small co-operatives. Submissions closed on the 7 December 2011. Seven submissions were received from - NSW Department of Education and training, the Co-operative Federation of Victoria Ltd, the Australian Accounting Standards Board, Co-operatives WA, Mark Snell and the Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society Co-operative Ltd.