Magazine article New Internationalist

Equality; FROM THIS MONTH'S EDITOR

Magazine article New Internationalist

Equality; FROM THIS MONTH'S EDITOR

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ODD how you don't always see what's staring you in the face.

It was only after I'd completed a refined plan for this magazine that I noticed there was nothing on equality and work. That was soon remedied, but it did make me realize how much one takes for granted.

New Internationalist did not start life as a workers' co-op. But it has been one now for at least 20 years. What it means is that we have an equal share in - and responsibility for - managing ourselves, and decision making. This flat non-hierarchical approach is so natural to us now that I think we sometimes forget that it is actually still quite unusual.

'But does it work?' is the question people most often ask. Well, yes, of course it does. There are few things more motivational than empowerment.

'No, but really. Isn't it terribly inefficient? …

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