I have been reading through threads on this forum and followed up various links and suggestions offered to me in my last post…
There seems to be a lot of work going on and a lot of people suffer from a lack of funding. Had funding been available a lot more could have been done - is my impression. And my experience too. This is to be expected, as funds that might normally be available come from people or organisations who want to maintain the status quo, because THEY are ok in the status quo. So, obviously, they wouldn’t fund anybody who wants to change it… The funding then has to come from people who want changes - and they want changes because they are not OK in the status quo. This often means that they have less available surplus with which to fund anything… but still it has to be done that way. Crowdfunding in all its shapes and forms. Do you see another way?
However, another thing that I noticed in visiting many websites of many coops… usually the Earth being a stakeholder is not mentioned. Much as it provides us with the very air we breathe, and we may or may not need the redistribution of wealth, but we certainly need air. And if the planet’s living systems are largely killed off, then the supply of breathable air and drinkable water may be in question - in which case all our redistribution of wealth will not be able to sustain us.
As I see it - the Earth isthe FIRST stakeholder in all our activities. Therefore it should be the first beneficiary too. But, it doesn’t really get a mention in any rules on coops’ stakeholders. Usually it is just the workers, customers and investors…
Do you agree that the Earth should have a rightful place in division of any profits?
If yes, then maybe we could together think through what it all actually means in practice, or what it could mean, and what the Earth could do with its own share of profits and how to go about facilitating that.
If not,why not? Do you think that sharing of the profits with customers/workers wlll see us through the destruction of living systems around us? Or maybe you see something that I don’t see from my angle?
Looking forward to your thoughts