Jen BudneyJen Budney

Thanks for these posts, Les and Mary. It seems to me the issue can’t be located simply in MEC changing. It’s also the fact that the retail market for outdoor gear is changing as a whole – and there are many very large competitors that could easily outcompete MEC. So questions about co-op governance and decision making can’t be isolated to the co-ops themselves – they exist within an evolving ecosystem that threatens them in new ways and presents new opportunities on a regular basis. The scale of growth of these businesses was something that could not have been predicted 30 or 40 years ago – at least not by most people. Is this a dilemma for some co-operative organizations? How should co-ops in these rapidly evolving contexts try to adapt and succeed, without deviating from the original co-op principles? My second question, is there a way to deviate from the principles without deviating from the values, which some people believe are more important? (self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity, along with honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others)


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