by Duane Stjernholm
When I checked the definition of “community” on Wikipedia, it gave 2 Alternates:
1) a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common
2) a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, & goals
If you contribute your efforts, skills, positive attitude, physical energy, care & concern to create a respectful work environment for everyone – you have chosen to be a part of THAT community. Everybody in a community is respected
Working with others to accomplish goals for YOUR Community is very different than going to work at a job for somebody else. That’s one of the reasons that research has shown Co-ops are statistically 25% more successful than an individual business
How do you get a community: You give everybody a common cause, emotional support & opportunity. In a community – no man stands alone
Why do it this way? Because company’s fail when people lose their sense of community & more gets done when people accomplish ..for their community
Business tends to focus on management; communities focus on people.
CIHC: Just better!