Thursday, 30 June 2016
These two projects show how grassroots activism in communities can meet real needs and give rise to fast growing, technologically sophisticated social enterprises. What's more, those enterprises can remain firmly connected to the communities that gave rise to them, using membership participation to continually improve and adapt to the changing world.
Come along to 10 East Reach between 1pm and 3pm to find out more - and please stick around for the Annual General Meeting of SCS CIC at 4.30pm.
Saturday, 25 June 2016
Friday, 24 June 2016
So, we are to leave. What does that mean for co-ops?
Firstly, the coming recession (or at least, downturn) will mean that people turn to co-ops to fill the gap left by capitalist enterprises in retreat, and public services in decline.
The introduction of trade tariffs will be a further shock, but may create opportunities for import-substituting Worker co-ops. The rising cost of imports may also boost the recycling economy, where co-ops are historically strong.
Interest rates could go either way, and house prices will also display volatility; not good conditions for housing co-ops and CLTs to operate in. Local currencies may well become more valuable relative to sterling, and community shares may benefit from a lack of reliable investment options.
The damage to social capital may be the biggest threat. Co-ops that bring together rich and poor, young and old, town and country, are needed more than ever; but the sharp contrast in values and visions may spill over into internal conflicts. Finding new, shared goals to unite around must be the first priority.