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Posted July 10th, 2013 - 6:05 pm from London, England
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Posted July 10th, 2013 - 8:26 pm from Muenster, Germany
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Posted July 10th, 2013 - 11:23 pm by from Dijon, France (Permalink)
Camilla,

The idea that CS has become a B-corp is at best half true, if you are generous with definitions, and at worse is a complete scam. Have you done research on the subject, or do you need real information?

David

Posted July 11th, 2013 - 11:48 am from London, England
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Posted July 11th, 2013 - 3:10 pm by from Dijon, France (Permalink)
Camilla,

The question of what has changed at CS is rather complicated. New members have no idea of the history nor even the fact that the organization was at least nominally non-profit. (Part of that ignorance comes from people continuing to use misleading terms such as "B-Corporation", which was part of the public relations campaign to try to make privatization seem acceptable. As is the idea that additional financing was necessary to "fix problems".)

Informed old members realize that the "management" of the non-profit already had (from the inception of the organization) an attitude of exploitation, whether that exploitation be based on money, power, sex, etc.

For many members what is important is not the structure, but simply whether they can find what they are looking for, whether it be savings on travel, or real human contact. Many of them would be shocked to learn some of the truth about the organizations, and some would undeniably favor other choices if they were better informed.

But the question of growth is certainly organic, it will follow a curve, as organizations which fill a need do, and that curve is likely to change directions when other alternatives become more present and desirable. The only real question is likely to be the timeline of the rise and fall of CS, not whether other organizations will take "market share" away from CS, but when and how.

Posted July 12th, 2013 - 7:08 pm from Paris, France
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Posted July 12th, 2013 - 7:31 pm from Recas, Romania
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Posted July 14th, 2013 - 3:01 am from Paris, France
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Posted July 14th, 2013 - 7:52 pm from London, England
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