Photo courtesy of Co-operatives UK: Debbie Harley, a worker and director of Delta-T Devices, a thriving environmental science instruments worker co-operative, checks in on an installation.
Worker co-operatives tend to be smaller than conventional businesses and struggle to find investment, right? Well, not necessarily, according to new research into worker co-ops.
Article and images cross-posted from Make Resources Count. Written by Paul Hallows
The average power drill is used for just 13 minutes in its lifetime. We clearly don’t all need to own one, and they’re often too pricey for many people to buy them in the first place -- meaning a whole lot of untapped creativity and a huge amount of wasted money. And it’s not just drills which are expensively gathering dust in cupboards.
The Real Economy Lab (REL) has taken up the task of mapping the ecosystem of the next economy. Their goal is better collaboration between the stakeholders within this emerging ecosystem. In the first round, some 50 organizations completed a survey with all data flowing into the current beta-map.
In September last year, I spent a month seeing if I could survive in the sharing economy in London. It was hard. However, one of the reasons it was so hard was I was traveling. I only had a backpack and laptop with me, so I could not leverage the two profitable areas of the sharing economy -- stuff and space.
Ballarat St permanent park providing green space for the people of Yarraville (Melbourne).
The RSA’s recent report explores the emergence of a new kind of monopoly power in the sharing economy, and considers how we might challenge increasing economic concentrations of power through rethinking our approach to governance and regulation.
Because cooperatives have the power to change the world, one economy and one community at a time, the folks over at the TESA Collective have gathered up into a study guide all sorts of helpful resources, from board games to user manuals. All of them were developed to help everyone "understand what a cooperative is, how to practice cooperation, and the power of the cooperative movement."
Here's a sampling of what the guide encompasses: