Van Boerenleenbank naar Rabobank

Een kleine geschiedenis van de Boerenleenbank van de Nieuwendammerdijk. 

Annie Swart werkte in de 60’er jaren als cassiere bij de Boerenleenbank aan de Nieuwendammerdijk. Haar vader zat in het bestuur, als opvolger van haar grootvader, die een van de oprichters was van deze bank. Door gezamenlijk kapitaal ter beschikking te stellen werd het mogelijk, voor met name de boeren, om geld te lenen. De grote banken waren terughoudend, wat ruimte bood aan woekeraars. De co-operatieve bank bood het hoofd aan dergelijke praktijken en droeg bij aan de sociale cohesie.

Het gedachtengoed van Raiffeisen werd gedeeld door iedere bankmedewerker, van hoog tot laag, een boek te geven met een levensbeschrijving van de man. Annie vraagt zich af of de huidige medewerkers van de Rabobank nog kennis nemen van zijn gedachtengoed.

Raiffeisen is in het jaar 2018 overleden, hij zal in Duitsland, Zwitserland, Oostenrijk, Italië en Nederland groots worden herdacht.  De Genossenschaften oftewel de co-operatieve beweging, waar de Rabobank ook onder valt, zijn sinds november 2017 onderdeel van UNESO Cultural Hermitage for Humanity.

 

 

 

Co-operative Movement of the Netherlands on the National Inventory Intangible Cultural Heritage?

tempel blauwFoundation Journey of the Razzia (Reis van de Razzia) has put forward a proposal to list the Co-operative Movement of the Netherlands on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The proposal wil be evaluated in November 2016, somewhere at the time the German application to put the Genossenschaften on the Word heritage reference list of UNESCO wil be decided. The Dutch proposal is effectively put forward by the Associations ‘To Our Avail’ and ‘Memento Mori’. The proposal is backed by the National Co-operative Museum. 


(The following come from the research report). 

The research project ‘Chronicle of a Gov’s Association’ has established by fact that the Association “To Our Avail” is not an isolated biotope. The Association was able to respond adequately to the evolving economical circumstances and this has contributed to her longevity. “To Our Avail”’ has also empowered the local community for more than a century by strengthening social cohesion. Apart from that, the flexibility of the economy increased because the cooperative movements lead to a greater diversity of business structures. 

The attention for cooperative forms can be traced back to the early Middle Ages. ”At that time”, argues Prof. De Moor, ”there was a Silent Revolution, because it didn’t evolve riots, but the construction of new social institutions”. The current economical cycles we are experiencing are, according to the De Moor, evidence of a new Silent Revolution. New Business-models increasingly incorporate cooperative principles as a solution for the dwindling Welfare-State. Nevertheless, despite her longstanding history, the cooperative principles are not always being carried forward by businesses presenting themselves as “commons”. The up and coming Sharing Economy and changing structures of some well-known Cooperative Banks seriously contribute to this wide-spread disorientation. 

Nurturing of and promoting the cooperative principles encourages new forms of Institutions for Collective Action orientate and helps to prevent confusion. The project ‘Chronicle of The Governor’s Association’ provides a modest contribution by securing the importance and the history of this local cooperative through immortalizing the personal stories and minutes of ”To Our Avail” and by situating them in the context of their times. In line with this we propose the Cooperative Movement as a suitable candidate for the Dutch National Intangible Heritage Inventory.[1] At present our request coincides with the current application to the UNESCO Commission Germany for the Genossenshaften to be included on the Representative List for the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Association “To Our Avail” is very proud to be part of this movement and is looking forward to see the German application for UNESCO accepted by November 2016.

(Translation: Jeanette Tierney)