What is the diference beetween and . Isn't coop a some kind of reinventing the wheel?

@freshbox even compared to a worker co-op, partnerships tend to have key partners who may then bring on employees who are *not* partners. Co-ops are about having *everyone* be partners, now and into the future.

@freshbox and there's also consumer co-ops and multi-stakeholder co-ops which are harder to use traditional partnerships for.

But it's always *possible* to have partnerships that *are* effectively the same as co-ops. Co-ops are mainly dedication to and partnerships that do that adequately basically *are* co-ops.

@wolftune so when or started to hire non-equal employers, they turned into partnerships? And the coop movement is how to avoid such cases?

@freshbox You *could* say that about kibbutz hiring non-equal is no longer co-op. I don't care to get into "true Scotsman" semantic label worries. Any action going against ICA principles is in opposition to cooperativism. But it's not black&white, all-or-nothing.

Cooperativism as a movement is more than a specific thing. Different places and institutions have specific laws and policies.

I support spreading co-op education and values, understanding why they matter…

@freshbox Partnerships tend to treat the firm as a commodity of which partners own a fraction.

Co-op members tend to buy a share that is a set price that is not tied to a market value of the firm, and profits are distributed on the basis of use ('the patronage refund') rather than on the basis of the size of each partner's fractional ownership.

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