Dr. Michael Cook a 2012 Cooperative Hall of Fame inductee, will be featured in a live stream colloquium on “The Design Principles: Ultimate and Proximate Causations in Food and Agriculture” on Monday, October 7, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern.
Colloquium Abstract: Wilson, Ostrom, and Cox (WOC) (JEBO-2013) extend the applicability of Ostrom’s 1990 Common-pool resources CPR core design principles to a wider range of groups seeking to improve organizational efficacy. This paper applies the WOC logic to a set of “design principles” embedded in the “California Plan” developed by Aaron Sapiro in the post WWI agricultural depression period. In the 1920s California Plan, eight design elements were utilized to organize farmers/ranchers/producers owned institutions and remain fundamental building blocks in the economic organization of producer owned and controlled “marketing cooperatives.” The basic elements of the Sapiro plan are described and analyzed incorporating an organizational design framework. Comparative generalizations result. Additionally the paper traces the evolution of the Sapiro elements derived from traditional forms of producer collaboration especially the English Rochdale Principles of the mid 1840s and the German Raiffeisen Principles of the 1850s. Insights are drawn as to the compatibility and additively of the Ostrom and Sapiro organizational design principles for agricultural producers in today’s volatile socio-economic environment in both the industrialized and emerging economies.