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Re: [tlug] Introduction to (Tech) Worker Cooperatives, 09:00AM on Sunday, July 12th JST

Care to elaborate on some of the problems cropping up with this organizational system?

On Jul 8, 2020, at 05:43, Yasuaki Kudo <> wrote:

Having said that, I have had countless interactions recently with worker cooperators in and out of Japan and yes, I have learned the kinds of problems they have.

When trying to understand a system, I like to imagine the incentives side for individuals, and the motivations at play to game that system. 

What dynamics tend to emerge in collective systems, what can split the atom so to speak of collective focus on group production of business product? Do these models work best when the company scope is rather narrow, so different work teams don’t thinking THEIR project is more worthy of resources/compensation than others? I am thinking here of Orwell’s “ Animal Farm” where in the beginning all are equal and in the end "some animals are more equal than others.”  

Hard work running a business operation where you need to simultaneously balance 4 poles with spinning plates of Customers, workers, management, and owners/providers of capital all demanding “fair shares” of the pie so to speak. Too good to the customers with low prices, not enough money for workers or company owners. Management running the company for their benefit, shorting workers and stockholders, etc. Balancing fairly equally the demands from all 4 groups is an ongoing challenge, and failing any one of them can end the business long-term viability.

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