Magazine article New Internationalist

The Co-Operative Alternative to Business-as-Usual

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Co-Operative Alternative to Business-as-Usual

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Like a lot of recent graduates, in my early 20s I lived briefly in a co-op house. It was a shaky experiment. The big social and political issues of the day were submerged in the daily grind. Dirty dishes were our downfall.

Since then I've passed a major chunk of my life here at New Internationalist, a much more successful co-operative with a long track record. We've had our ups and dow ns but we've survived as a 'worker co-op' for almost three decades now.

We're nor alone. Globally, co operatives are thriving, a fact celebrated by this year's 'International Year of the Co-operative'. In this time of economic chaos co-operatives may be the only game in town, a human (and humane) alternative to business-as-usual.

Here at New Internationalist being a 'worker co-op' means we run the show ourselves. Simple? No, it's tricky being your own boss - satisfying, yes, but also frustrating. Hard to put the blame on someone else when you're in charge.

No doubt we come across as a group of earnest do-gooders ceaselessly thrashing out the best ways to save the world. …

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