This presentation describes democratic decision-making in business organizations. I examine how cooperative businesses balance individual incentives with those of the collective. I will then describe the actions Cornell students have taken – in two episodes – to build democratic cooperatives in southeastern Iowa. Next I explain my active research project on the health of tenant-shareholders living in housing cooperatives. I will present my preliminary findings in the context of the experiences of the Cornellians who have been part of this movement. I will conclude with discussion of the current actions and future plans of Cornellians and others who are working to build the democratic economy.
Jeffrey Bessmer, ’07 Georgetown, TX
Majors: Sociology, Secondary Education, Economics and Business
Sponsor: Santhi Hejeebu