Co-operatives articles

May
17
2019
Lauren Simpson

You’re invited to the Ecological Land Cooperative AGM 2019

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Taking place in Arlington, East Sussex, on 29th June 2019, the Ecological Land Cooperative AGM 2019 is your chance to learn more about their important work – and check out their brand new barn! Lauren Simpson tells us more. Read more …

Apr
21
2019
Jay Tompt

Developing local entrepreneurs and keeping out giant corporations: Jay Tompt of the REconomy Project

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Today we’re talking with Jay Tompt, of the REconomy Project. This is part of a series of interviews with people who are helping to build a new economy. Read more …

Apr
14
2019
Hilary Wainwright

The role of the state and the market in building the new economy: interview with Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper

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Today, we’re talking with Hilary Wainwright – an academic, activist, editor of Red Pepper magazine, and a fellow of the Transnational Institute (TNI). Read more …

Mar
17
2019
Dil Green

A ‘Transcender Manifesto’ for a world beyond capitalism

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This piece was originally published on the blog ‘Digital Anthropology‘.

If this makes sense to you, you may well be working along these lines already – I hope it is encouraging. If it inspires you, then seek out others who feel the same, and rewrite it together. Make it yours. Make it specific. Publish it. Act on it. Forge relations with other groups. Federate and interact across the world.

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Mar
10
2019
Pat Conaty

How do we grow the ‘co-operative commonwealth’? Interview with Pat Conaty

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This is the second part of an interview with Pat Conaty, senior research fellow at NEF and Co-operatives UK and author of the Resilience Imperative, with Michael Lewis. We’re talking about building a co-operative commonwealth. Part 1 is here.

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Mar
3
2019
Graham Mitchell

The barriers to growing the co-operative economy: Graham Mitchell of CoTech, part 2

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This is part 2 of our interview with Graham Mitchell, who works in the co-operative tech sector. Here we’re talking about how we might grow the co-operative, non-extractive sector, and what barriers we might face. Part 1 is here.

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Feb
28
2019
Pat Conaty

Free online course: Toward Co-operative Common Wealth MOOC

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Are you working for social change or would like to learn more about it? Today we share news of a masterclass in movement building in the form of a massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 25th March 2019. Over to course tutor Pat Conaty to tell us more.

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Feb
24
2019
Pat Conaty

What are ‘the commons’ in the 21st century? Interview with Pat Conaty

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So today we’re talking with Pat Conaty, senior research fellow at NEF and Co-operatives UK and author of the Resilience Imperative, with Michael Lewis. We’re talking about ‘the commons’.

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Feb
17
2019
Alex Lawrie

Building a co-operative train line: Alex Lawrie of Go-op

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Today we’re talking with Alex Lawrie. Alex does a lot of things in the co-operative sector but we want to talk to him specifically about his attempts to launch a co-operative railway line, plus lightweight community transport. Let’s start with Go-op, which is a proposed co-operative train line.

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Feb
10
2019
Cath Muller

How I hitch-hiked across the Atlantic to visit US co-ops: Cath Muller of Radical Routes

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Today I’m talking with Cath Muller of Radical Routes, Cornerstone Housing Co-op and Co-operative Business Consultants. This is part 1 of our conversation, about her visit to Catalan co-operatives, and hitch-hiking across the Atlantic to visit US co-ops.

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Feb
3
2019
Dil Green

How do we build a new, non-extractive economy? Dil Green of Lowimpact.org

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Today I’m talking with Dil Green, who is a member of the Lowimpact.org co-op. He used to be an architect, and was a founder member of Brixton LETS, and is now on the team of the UK Mutual Credit Network. We’ll be talking about how mutual credit and the viable system model can be used to build a new non-extractive economy.

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Jan
20
2019
Trevor Hilder

How the viable system model (VSM) can help build a new economy: Trevor Hilder of Web of Wealth

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Today I’m talking with Trevor Hilder of WebofWealth.org, who is a specialist in Stafford Beer’s viable system model (VSM). What I’m really interested in is how we can use the VSM to build a non-extractive, co-operative federation – a federation that’s comprised of a large number of small units, not giant corporations, and not giant co-operatives either. I’m interested in how far we can scale this federation. In March, we’re hosting a meeting of key people working in the new economy, and the aim is to work out how we federate and grow the non-extractive economy in the UK.

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Jan
6
2019
Graham Mitchell

Co-operativising the tech sector: an interview with Graham Mitchell of Webarchitects & CoTech

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Today, we’re talking with Graham Mitchell of Cotech about the co-operativisation of the tech sector. It’s part of our series of interviews with people building the ‘new economy’.

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Dec
9
2018
Duncan McCann

Can we build a platform co-op to challenge Über? Interview with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation

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Dave of Lowimpact.org / Noncorporate.org talks with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation (see video below), about platform co-ops. Duncan is starting a taxi platform co-op called Faircab, to challenge Über. Read more …

Dec
2
2018
Mark Simmonds

The coming crash, and why co-ops are so important: Mark Simmonds of Co-op Culture

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Mark Simmonds gave us some free advice that saved us hundreds of pounds when we were setting up as a workers’ co-op. We talk about his work, and get deeper into the philosophy of co-operation.  Read more …

Nov
27
2018
Jon Halle

Be part of keeping UK community-owned wind power alive

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From launching Scotland’s first 100% co-operatively-owned wind turbine to supporting community solar and hydro-electricity projects across the country, Sharenergy are working hard to keep UK community-owned wind power and more alive in the UK. Read more …

Nov
25
2018
Andy Goldring

How can permaculture contribute to building a new economy? Conversation with Andy Goldring of the Permaculture Association

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We’re going to be publishing a range of videos of interviews with key people involved in building the new economy – an economy that is democratic, non-extractive and sustainable.  Read more …

Oct
2
2018
Lauren Simpson

Seeking future farmers for East Sussex: apply to be a smallholder with the Ecological Land Cooperative

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The Ecological Land Cooperative opens smallholder applications for future farmers at their East Sussex site, continuing the work of generating ecological farming opportunities and rural enterprise. We hear from Lauren Simpson about how you can apply for this unique opportunity. Read more …

Sep
13
2018
Craig Bayne

A woodland classroom for north London – help OrganicLea make it happen!

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OrganicLea are planning a woodland classroom but need your help to make it happen. Craig Bayne tells us more about how you can get involved with this fantastic opportunity to create more space for nature-based learning and food growing skills in north east London. Read more …

Sep
4
2018
Frank White

Farm Hack is coming to Wales! Join in 6-7 October at the CSA Gathering

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You’re invited to participate in skill shares and farm hacks from 6-7 October 2018 at Tyddyn Teg Co-operative near Caernarfon. A joint event between Farm Hack and the Community Supported Agriculture network in Wales, Frank White tells us more. Read more …

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