Concretely involving community members in an economic-based activity with which polity methods are experimented. The effect is in tangentially doing political retraining in community mind-building by using the cooperative as the economic springboard. It also provides the base for actual community involvement by local citizens.
An integral part of localizing cooperative participation and enabling each individual to have an equal opportunity for effective participation in the global economic process.
Tactics include: service exchange to bring together a compilation of needs and services within a designated geographical area so that the various resources can be structured and the needs met; marketing practices to protect the community consumer by providing guidelines, information, and motivation through which the individual consumer can most beneficially participate in the economy of his community; consensus polity to re-image the corporate decision-making process; cooperatives control to provide channels through which representative leaders may be held answerable to every member of the cooperative; and community mobilization to reveal action-oriented leadership from the community for the economic control of the cooperative. An example is a local community cooperative's board meeting to determine the design, function, and constituency of its cooperative.
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