As followers of this blog will know, Lowimpact.org are partnering with the Open Co-op to develop a mutual credit network for the UK. Well, we now have a website and a new name – the Open Credit Network.
Today we’re talking with Alex Lawrie. Alex, I know you do a lot of things in the co-operative sector, but I want to talk to you specifically about your attempts to launch a co-operative railway line, plus lightweight community transport. Let’s start with Go-op, which is a proposed co-operative train line.
Dave of Lowimpact.org / Noncorporate.org talks with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation (see video below), about platform co-ops. Duncan is trying to start a taxi platform co-op called Faircab, to challenge Über. He’s trying to start in Brighton, after the licence in London was changed from £2.5k per year to £2.5 million!
I’ve often suggested that Western states are beginning to resemble an admin department for the corporate sector. They take corporate campaign donations, accept their jobs, listen to their lobbyists, and then manipulate their economies to service the needs of multinational corporations and banks, which includes allowing them to avoid tax, awarding them contracts, changing or […]
We’re working with other groups, including Open.coop, the Credit Commons Collective and author Tom Greco to build a UK-wide mutual credit network. Mutual credit is an old idea that could really take off in the age of the internet. We think it can help strengthen communities and support small businesses, at the expense of multinational […]
This article by Rachel Tansey is reproduced under a Creative Commons non-commercial license from the wonderful Corporate Europe Observatory.
I often trawl the web just speculatively looking for new people or new ideas, clicking on links from interesting sites. TEDx talks are a favourite. A few years ago I came across an intriguing TEDx talk by Professor Jem Bendell called ‘the Money Myth’.
You can get yourself a co-operative phone and broadband provider – the Phone Co-op. But you can’t get a phone made by a co-operative – not in the UK, anyway. Nithin Coca reports from Indonesia on a co-operative in Jakarta producing low-end, cheap phones for their home market.
The Phone Co-op is the UK’s only co-operative telecoms provider. 100% member-owned, they have a democratic internal structure and no external shareholders. You can just become a customer, or you can become a member too, and have a say in the way the co-op is run.
My partner and I have decided that we want to sell our house and come together with other people to create some sort of cohousing / community living project. But how many other people? And where will it be? Will it be a new-build project, or will it involve converting or combining an existing propery […]