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Cooperation Vermont is rooted in deepening democracy from below.

Utilizing Sociocracy as a means to distribute policymaking throughout all levels of the organization and establish equivalence among members within their domain of responsibility, as an organization we strive for:

• Equivalence through egalitarian distribution of authority and the universal power to influence.

• Transparency and accountability through flow of information and collective values.

• Efficacy through continuous evolution and adaptation to changing contexts.


• Productivity by making tensions explicit and establishing processes that use them as fuel for innovation and evolutionary change.

• Commitment and buy-in by affirming and applying the collective genius that proceeds from a confluence of varied vantage points.

• Harmony through respectful, dispassionate-compassionate unity.

Credit:  Pamela Boyce Simms - Grassroots Economic Organizing

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