Today’s Monday Forum wanders.
Cooperatives and Management Style
I didn’t get any response to my post Friday management note - Coles, Fonterra and the behavioural impact of cooperative structures, There were several elements in that post. Here I want to focus on one, cooperatives. I like cooperatives, but in Australia at least they are a much diminished breed. The lure of bigger immediate dollars from privatisation were just too great.
Is there role for cooperatives? If so, how do we make them work? What problems have to be overcome?
How people in Muslim countries prefer women to dress in public
This one came from a Thomas retweet (
@thomasee). It’s a Pew Research Report on attitudes towards women’s headgear in certain predominantly Muslim countries. Meantime, the new rules re women visitors wearing burkas in the Australian Parliament have been relaxed. It’s actually a rather strange story.
Crowd funding and other disruptive devices.
One of the things that we talked about at that lunch was the emergence of crowd funding. In simplest terms, these are platforms that put people who have projects in touch with people who might want to fund them. Kickstart is an example.
Since then, this type of platform has proliferated entering a range of arenas. Peer to peer lending is another example, bypassing the banks as middlemen. Trybooking is a third, a platfom that allows community organisations and others to sell and deliver tickets on-line without having their own system.
I have been watching all this for a while. I wondered if any readers had their own experiences and comments that they might like to share. This stuff is quite powerful.
Commenting that there had been some legal changes since July but the broad thrust was still right, Noric pointed me to this from July written by with Anton Joseph - Tax and valuation of crowdfunding initiatives.