Co-operatives articles

Aug
4
2021
Alice Brown

Want to work for a great veg box scheme in the south of England?

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Want to work for a great veg box scheme in the south of England? Actually it’s our veg box scheme. And it’s a bag not a a box. Each week we get a bag full of organic fruit and veg from Sutton Community Farm. If you live in south London, I really recommend them. Lovely delivery people, and the quality of the food is really noticeable. Plus we’re helping support a community-based business, swimming against the corporate tide. Read more …

Jul
18
2021
Jon Halle

Community energy, mutual credit and the mutualist economy

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This is the third part of an interview with Jon Halle of Sharenergy, about the prospects for keeping energy production local and mutualised. Here we talk about community energy, mutual credit and mutualisation of the economy. Read more …

Jul
11
2021
Jon Halle

Keeping energy production local and mutualised: Jon Hallé of Sharenergy, Part 2

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This is the second part of an interview with Jon Halle of Sharenergy, about the prospects for keeping energy production local and mutualised. We talk about community energy, Energy Local and the Big Solar Co-op. Read more …

Jul
4
2021
Jon Halle

Jon Hallé: Introducing the Big Solar Co-op, and how you can help renewables and the co-op sector

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Today I’m speaking with Jon Hallé. We go back about 20 years. You ran courses on how to make biodiesel for Lowimpact, back in the early noughties, and you authored a book for us about making biodiesel, that sold about 15k copies in the first year. It caught the zeitgeist then, but of course diesel vehicles have had their day now. Then you started Sharenergy, setting up community energy schemes around the country. Now you’ve founded the Big Solar Co-op. Read more …

Jun
27
2021
Shaila Agha

How ‘chamas’ and mutual credit are changing Africa: Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network

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Today I’m talking with Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network about ‘chamas’ and mutual credit, and how they’re changing Africa. Read more …

Jun
23
2021
Dave Darby

How you can help get solar onto more roofs in your community: the Big Solar Co-op

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As it’s Community Energy Fortnight, I thought I’d have a word with my old mate Jon Hallé, who used to run Lowimpact’s ‘How to Make Biodiesel’ courses in the early noughties (and authored a book of the same title with us), and since then has gone on to found Sharenergy, who have helped over 100 community energy schemes to launch, using wind, solar, hydro and biomass. We’ll publish an interview with Jon soon, but first I wanted to tell you about his latest venture – the Big Solar Co-op (BSC) Read more …

Jun
20
2021
Dave Darby

What kind of work do we want to do? Is working with our hands passé?

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There’s an approach to life that sees craft jobs, or smallholding and food production, including baking, brewing and beekeeping, as well as any kind of job that involves manual work and dexterity as somehow retrograde and passé, and that ‘work’ now means mainly putting on a suit and travelling to an office to do something-or-other in sectors such as finance, advertising, sales, fashion or PR. Read more …

May
23
2021
Dave Darby

‘Mutualism’ will supersede traditional left vs right politics

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Nature, democracy and community aren’t partisan issues. No-one sensible, of any political persuasion, speaks out against them. They’re essential for human well-being. But they’re being destroyed, and disunity wastes energy and prevents us from being able to do anything about it. Read more …

Dec
12
2020
Dil Green

Two planks – and a bridge – to the new economy

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This article accompanies and enlarges upon the interview with Dil Green that we published recently, as part of series of articles on a forthcoming book about building a new economy around a mutual credit core. Read more …

Dec
9
2020
Lauren Simpson

Job opportunities with the Ecological Land Cooperative

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There are exciting times ahead for our friends at the Ecological Land Cooperative, as they share news of five new job opportunities. Lauren Simpson tells us more. Read more …

Nov
29
2020
Shaun Fensom

Re-cooperativising the Co-op Bank? Shaun Fensom of Save Our Bank

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Today I’m talking with Shaun Fensom of ‘Save Our Bank’ – the Co-op Bank, that is. But of course it’s not a co-operative any more, and part of what the group wants to do is to help bring the bank back into co-operative ownership. Read more …

Nov
8
2020
Dave Darby

CoopCycle Federation: aiming for a bicycle courier co-op in every town

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Today I’m talking with Claire Stocks of Chorlton Bike Deliveries and Matt Nicholson of York Collective. Both are bicycle courier co-operatives. Read more …

Oct
25
2020
Dave Darby

Are power hierarchies inevitable in human society?

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Just to be clear, I’m only talking about institutional, power hierarchies here, not hierarchies based on beauty, knowledge, intelligence, ability, respect etc. Those hierarchies are inevitable, of course, and life would probably be quite boring without them. Read more …

Oct
11
2020
Graham Mitchell

Creating a national network of social care co-ops: Graham Mitchell of Co-operative Care Colne Valley

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Today I’m talking with Graham Mitchell, of Co-operative Care Colne Valley. He’s part of a group starting a social care co-op in the Colne Valley, West Yorkshire, and they’re also building a toolkit / step-by-step guide for people to start a social care coop in their own community. I’m interested in how this toolkit can help grow the cooperative social care sector. Could there be a national network of social care co-ops? Read more …

Oct
4
2020
Graham Mitchell

Why we need social care co-ops: Graham Mitchell of Co-operative Care Colne Valley

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Today I’m talking with Graham Mitchell, of Co-operative Care Colne Valley. He’s part of a group starting a social care co-op in the Colne Valley, West Yorkshire, and they’re also building a toolkit / step-by-step guide for people to start social care co-ops in their own community. I’m interested in how this toolkit can help grow the cooperative social care sector. Read more …

Jul
12
2020
Dave Darby

What post-Covid communities could look like, if enough of us want it

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Here’s a little story for anyone who’s noticed that things aren’t going too well in our communities. Small businesses are going under, unemployment is on the rise and money’s becoming scarce. Read more …

Jun
3
2020
Dave Darby

Water For Rojava international solidarity fund

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Dave Darby shares news of a crowdfunding campaign launched by the Solidarity Economy Association to rebuild vital water infrastructure in North and East Syria. Read more …

May
23
2020
Dave Darby

‘The Case for Community Wealth Building’: review

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This is the first of three articles in three days about ‘community wealth building’ (CWB) and mutual credit. Today we’re explaining community wealth building, and reviewing a book: The Case for Community Wealth Building. Tomorrow we’ll blog about how mutual credit can help post-Covid communities, and on Monday, Dil Green continues the theme, explaining how CWB and mutual credit is a match made in heaven. Read more …

Apr
3
2020
Dave Darby

Keeping small businesses alive during the coronavirus / economic crisis

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The coronavirus crisis is causing an economic crash that will only get worse. Research has indicated that a shortage of money will mean that up to a million UK small businesses may close in the coming months. To prevent the devastation of small businesses, and therefore our communities, there needs to be an alternative means of exchanging goods and services. Read more …

Feb
16
2020
Matthew Slater

Coming together to build a new economy: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 2

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In part 1 I described why a resilient economy needs be to separate from the failing capitalist juggernaut and that we need to start by finding new economic partners from without the Market. Read more …

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