Category Archives: Cooperatives

5 Types of Cooperatives

Traditional Capitalist Socialist Communist Prout
Ownership Right to private ownership Right to private ownership State ownership State ownership Worker/Member ownership
Cooperation Subordinated Subordinated Subordinated Subordinated Coordinated
Profit Profit Profit is everything Profit motivation Profit motivation Consumption motivation
Morality Objective morality based
on laws
No concept of morality Objective morality No morality Morality based on cardinal human values and spiritual values

FAQ: Cooperatives

What is the main idea of PROUT cooperatives?
Sarkar writes:

“A human being cannot live alone. If a person wants to drink water from a well, he or she needs a rope and a bucket, and to tie the rope one needs a hook. For all these things, the help of the others is indispensable. In society human beings have …

The Science and Ethics of Cooperation

 

By Michael Towsey
[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications.]

The cooperative system is fundamental to the organization and structure of a Prout (the Progressive Utilization Theory) economy. It is an expression of economic democracy in action – cooperative enterprises give workers the right of capital ownership, collective management and all the associated benefits, such as profit …

Alternative Economic Structures and Business Enterprises – II

Farmer cooperatives

Dieter Dambiec
All people have the right to be guaranteed minimum requirements such as food (including water), clothing, housing, education and medical care. These basic requirements should be cooperatively produced because they are essential collective requirements.

The importance of food means there has to be maximum and safe utilisation of agricultural land. The best way to achieve proper …

Cooperatives

P.R. Sarkar
As you know, human society is one and indivisible. A human being cannot live alone. If a person wants to drink water from a well, he or she needs a rope and a bucket, and to tie the rope one needs a hook. For all these things, the help of the others is indispensable.

In society human beings …

Decentralized Economy Based on the Cooperative System

Ac. Tadbhavananda Avt.
The biggest problem the undeveloped and developing countries face is how to eradicate the poverty and starvation of their people. The developed countries have to some extent succeeded in providing the minimum guarantees of life by providing a measure of purchasing capacity. But still most people even there are facing chronic social insecurity. The cause behind the …

The Importance of Morality in Cooperatives

Adapted from A Look at Decentralized Economy and the Cooperative System, by Ac. Tadbhavananda Avt., PROUT Research Institute, Copenhagen, 1993

A PROUT cooperative is not basically profit-motivated. It understands the need for itself to stay afloat, to evolve, and to provide the members of, say, a producers cooperative with more and more incentives and amenities than they would get …