Magazine article New Internationalist

Active Interest

Magazine article New Internationalist

Active Interest

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Dulas is a renewable energy company that began its life at CAT as a small group of engineers with a research and development grant. They pioneered alternative technology for application in developing countries, including a 'bug' meter which took a bacterial reading, and a solar-powered vaccine fridge.

During the Gear Change era (see main article), Dulas left CAT and went solo. They now have over 30 staff and solar, hydro and environment departments. Their co-operative structure reflects common principles, goals and ownership.

As well as sharing out jobs such as buildings and vehicle maintenance, they cook and eat lunch together. Everybody takes on a non-job responsibility. There is no IT support person; this role might be filled by a hydro-engineer.

Anybody who works more than 24 hours a week for Dulas has to become a shareholder, following their six-month probation period. Each half-day worked is equivalent to one share. The first share each worker receives is an 'A' share, which is a voting share; all subsequent shares are 'B' (non-voting) shares. …

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