Is hierarchy the enemy of co-operation?

"Suma operates equal wage rates for all workers
Co-operatives should be about co-operation not hierarchy, says Bob Cannell, formerly of Suma workers co-operative. How can co-ops create alternatives to hierarchical management structures?

Many people treat hierarchical authority as something as natural as breathing and deride those who dream and practise ways of living and doing business ‘sans’ hierarchy."


@s21 we've got a local friend-of-the-shop planning more critical masses precisely. We had a good complain session about the streets most unsafe-feeling for street cyclists...

If you want to seriously change inequality there is a small thing you can do. Support a small southern US black owned coop so they can pasteurize their awesome pecan milk to have a longer shelf life so they can ship it. This coop must survive but they are in a catch-22 where they do not make enough to qualify for a loan. Their product is so good that it will be a sustainable coop venture. Without us they have no real way out. Ideas are welcomed.

@LexYeen there's so much to do!!!!!

But the cleaning makes literally everything else easier.

folks who rely on volunteer labor to make things go:

How do you reward your most reliable volunteers?

folks who volunteer:

How do you like to be recognized for your work? What do you need to keep coming back?


cleaned: one haystack of donated bikes and wheels into neat little useable rows

given away: one rack, two wheels, one axle, several hours of volunteer mechanic time

sold: two tires, two brake pads

sorted: scrap into separate piles of recyclable steel and aluminum and tires

taught: four!! students in need!! from commuters-to-work to crashed Iron Man racers on a non class day

seen: equal amounts of new and old faces

Proud of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When people narrow their relationships to hierarchical relations they risk to leave a large part of their brains inactive. They become blunt. The reason why hierarchical systems in history did lead to disasters is not only because of the stupidity of autocrats but also because of the brain laziness of their followers no longer practicing reverse dominance hierarchy. To step after a flag is that more easy than maintaining reciprocated relationships of trust and obligation.

now I'm watching TV Lenny commercials and learning -- at some point he got some good looking Peugeots with decent parts and was giving those away too :o I wonder how many Wisconsin Peugeots come from American TV...

some local history: "Crazy TV Lenny" banked on the reputation of Italian bikes when he had 100,000 "Firenze" bikes (NOT Italian) produced to give away as an advertising stunt... theyre still popping up out of people's garages and making it to our recycle pile.

He runs an e-bike store these days and we use his secondhand cardboard for shipping :)

@Matt_Noyes @Steve we're getting a loan from mcdc to transition to being worker owned!

does anyone have stories of successful (or what you learned from unsuccessful) civil disobedience to create safer bike/pedestrian routes? Unauthorized painting, human chains, etc... We're brainstorming.

I herd some of you are in the madison area: come volunteer Sunday to break down and recycle damaged bikes!

Met with a visiting volunteer-friend-of-the-shop to talk about grant applications and fundraising strategy :o

! Batch Bakehouse did a genuine apology on social media just now, with a promise to fund a city driver/cyclist safety education program.

I worry about cancel culture, because material amends like this means they could turn out to be a good ally in the city.

(jokes about paying us off with very good bread are still allowed, but I'm excited to see something positive come out of this)

Two big donations of parts and tools yesterday, thanks to some neighbors who heard about us for the first time on TV recently, or from their friend who saw us on TV :D

That vote-getting week was intense, but it's still paying off !!!

the batch bakery guy is on the phone, being encouraged to make material amends

direct action gets the goods!

breaking: we've discovered that FINALLY everyone in the shop can agree on irish punk music.

the delivery driver and co-owner of deliberately threatened and endangered a cyclist's life yesterday, because they were unhappy with this person driving lawfully in the full lane width of a bike boulevard. Please help us call them to account until this person takes responsibility for what he did and makes amends. Negative reviews on yelp, google, etc mentioning this episode will help show them consequences of these actions.

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