Putting Ideas Before Agendas: Credit Unions Rising

The credit union community is facing a series of complex challenges that may ultimately affect the future of the industry. The manner in which we approach these issues is critical; after all, different approaches yield different solutions.

 
 

The credit union community is facing a series of complex challenges that may ultimately affect the future of the industry. The manner in which we approach these issues is critical; after all, different approaches yield different solutions.

As a result, there are a lot of voices clamoring. Some focus on blame. Some offer solutions. Some feature ultimatums. Some are simply directives without room for questions or consideration.

Are these the voices you want speaking for you?

In a community that draws strength from within, where membership fundamentally guarantees the opportunity of participation, it is very disconcerting when one voice bellows so loudly that it drowns out the others. It is even worse when that voice’s message demands everyone else remain silent, falling into line behind it.

At the heart of the cooperative movement is the tenet that people can come together and offer a better solution – an alternative to the status quo or the orders from on high. Credit Unions Rising lets the credit union community to do just that.

Credit Unions Rising is an idea space where information can be shared, common goals can be identified, and action is plotted and executed. It is an arena without a set agenda – but where participants come by for the express purpose of creating a new agenda.

To date, concerned parties have used Credit Unions Rising to request Congressional hearings on NCUA’s Corporate stabilization efforts and to examine the issues at play in the current credit card legislation. People are sharing resources and success stories. They are asking questions and discussing the different options that are available that help all involved parties – not just the ones that yell the loudest or carry the biggest stick.

There are no solutions that come from the bully pulpit. Instead, edicts are issued, orders are expected to be followed to the letter, and any questions are met with stiff resistance. After all, questions indicate a distinct lack of cooperation. Asking questions can have consequences. And while some may use that last statement as a warning, perhaps we should all view it as an opportunity. Perhaps we should view it as motivation and a reminder that we have the ability to make a difference.

Now is the time to share every idea — review them, build upon them, and find a solution that will allow us to both continue serving our member needs while helping the industry remain strong, safe, and sound.

It does not matter what the issue is or what your position/concern/question is. At Credit Unions Rising, you have the ability to grab a megaphone and sound a clarion call to cut past the din. We hope you will take a few moments to visit the site (www.creditunionsrising.com), offer your support, and share your thoughts, resources, and questions with the credit union community. This is a means to influence credit union policy, helping to secure the industry’s security and future.

 

 

 

 

Aug. 3, 2009


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