Cooperative Community Training Test



Cooperative Commonwealth Community

Overseers

Managers

Technicians

Oversight of the entire community

Management of Sections, e.g. Food, Health Care

Completing tasks relative to specific skills, e.g. auto mechanics, surgery


1. A cooperative community's governance structures should assume that Overseers will remain honest and serve the interests of all members.
True
False

2. An effective cooperative community could include some persons who are incapable of rationally evaluating its leaders.
True
False

3. All persons in an effective cooperative community should develop critical thinking skills.
True
False

4. An effective cooperative community would include Overseers, Managers, and Technicians.
True
False

5. An Overseer would be a person who has a specific technical skill such as an auto mechanic.
True
False

6. A Manager would be a person who has skill in directing and evaluating workers with specific skills.
True
False

7. A Technician would be a person with specific skills.
True
False

8. The three kinds of persons in an effective cooperative community--Overseers, Managers, and Technicians--should represent levels of importance and income.
True
False

9. In an effective cooperative community critical thinking skills would represent the ability to determine if assertions are substantiated by evidence or not.
True
False

10. All persons in an effective cooperative community should be capable of evaluating the Overseers.
True
False

11. In an effective cooperative community only the Managers should be capable of evaluating the Overseers.
True
False

12. In an effective cooperative community both Technicians and Overseers should evaluate the Managers.
True
False

13. In an effective cooperative community all persons should be aware of what is actually going on in the world as well as in the community.
True
False

14. In an effective cooperative community, Overseers should possess discernment: the ability to see and understand the overall situation in the community and in the world.
True
False

15. In an effective cooperative community, evaluations could be input through online computer programs.
True
False

16. In an effective cooperative community, Overseers should provide succinct, explanatory reports on the community's Website.
True
False

17. In an effective cooperative community, Overseers should provide online evaluation instruments without explaining the criteria used in the evaluation process.
True
False

18. In an effective cooperative community, Managers should provide online evaluation instruments with which they would evaluate Technicians--but there would be no need for them to explaining the criteria used in the evaluation.
True
False

19. In an effective cooperative community, Overseers should provide online evaluation instruments with which the Managers and Technicians would evaluate the Overseers.
True
False

20. In an effective cooperative community, Managers should provide online evaluation instruments with which Technicians would evaluate Managers.
True
False


Items 21-25 concern this quotation below by Edward Bellamy in his book Equality

"The idea of an integrated economic system co-ordinating the efforts of all for the common welfare, which is the basis of the modern state, is as old as philosophy. As a theory it dates back to Plato at least, and nobody knows how much further, for it is a conception of the most natural and obvious order. Not, however, until popular government had been made possible by the diffusion of intelligence was the world ripe for the realization of such a form of society. Until that time the idea, like the soul waiting for a fit incarnation, must remain without social embodiment. Selfish rulers thought of the masses only as instruments for their own aggrandizement, and if they had interested themselves in a more exact organization of industry it would only have been with a view of making that organization the means of a more complete tyranny. Not till the masses themselves became competent to rule was a serious agitation possible or desirable for an economic organization on a co-operative basis."

Which of these items agrees or disagrees with the paragraph above?

21. An integrated economic system co-ordinating the efforts of all for the common welfare was proven by Plato to be impossible.
Agree
Disagree

22. The idea of an integrated economic system co-ordinating the efforts of all for the common welfare is the basis of the modern state.
Agree
Disagree

23. An integrated economic system would be possible at present, because a diffusion of intelligence has occurred within the last two hundred years.
Agree
Disagree

24. Under capitalism, selfish rulers think of the masses only as instruments for their own aggrandizement.
Agree
Disagree

25. The masses in contemporary America are fully competent to rule, so serious agitation for an economic organization on a co-operative basis is possible and desirable.
Agree
Disagree


26. If you disagree with any item on this test, it would be appropriate to dismiss the entire test--and the community--as irremediably flawed.
True
False

27. Some physically normal people are genetically incapable of thinking for themselves.
True
False

28. Some persons in a cooperative community shouldn't have to inform themselves about the community's leaders, the community's affairs, or world events.
True
False

29. You have probably not been trained to serve as an Overseer in a new cooperative community.
True
False

30. Most persons will probably not be interested in a new cooperative community because America at present is based on equality of opportunity and overall integrity of its leaders.
True
False

31. If you were admitted into the cooperative community, you would have an opportunity to evaluate or modify this community training program test.
True
False

32. In this new cooperative community, you will be assigned to work as an Overseer, Manager, or Technician; you will not have a personal choice.
True
False

33. All people should be admitted to this new cooperative community, irrespective of their mental or social capabilities.
True
False

34. Setting up a structure that includes Overseers, Managers and Technicians automatically leads to invidious, top-down discrimination.
True
False

35. Requiring cooperative community applicants to undergo screening and training is neither demeaning nor elitist.
True
False

36. You would feel perfectly okay about joining a cooperative community that did not require screening and training.
Agree
Disagree

37. You don't think a cooperative community should require that applicants possess a minimum net worth.
Agree
Disagree

38. A cooperative community is not the same as a commune.
True
False

39. No outside person would ever misidentify a cooperative community as a commune.
True
False

40. An effective cooperative community should be totally controlled by the few persons who start the enterprise.
True
False