If I think about the organizations that have had the most profound impact on me, it’s co-cps every time. I will hold that it’s the values of these organizations that has allowed them to become so entrenched in my life. I live in a co-op, I’m a Car Co-op member and Board member, I’m a proud member of Vancity, and my longest standing co-op affiliation is with MEC.
One of the shortcomings of the cooperative movement, is the very fact that it is a movement. Movements are always against something, which means they are polarizing by nature, which means there will always be problems of scalability because the 'us' will always be in tension with the 'them'. Also, movements are necessarily political, and politics is a divisive game.