This is the second part of a conversation I had with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation. Duncan is working on a platform co-op alternative to Über, in Brighton. Here’s the first part of the interview, and below are the main points we covered in this part.
This is part of a series of interviews with people who are building the new economy, and today I’m talking with Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation, who is working on what I think is called ‘new municipalism’. It’s big in Preston – so much so that it’s known as ‘the Preston Model’.
Dear Paul, I really enjoyed your erudite, challenging, intricate analysis of the modern history of capitalism. I was deeply disappointed though with your conclusions, which I felt to be overly masculine and susceptible to the lure of the hyper-expansionist.
Despite the bad name economics has earned through the cruelties and negative impacts of the last few centuries of rampant expansionism, it seems clear that the messaging system facilitated by markets is fundamental to what we require from our civilisation – and that we cannot simply junk these without abandoning much that we value.
Today, we’re talking with Hilary Wainwright – an academic, activist, editor of Red Pepper magazine, and a fellow of the Transnational Institute (TNI).
If this makes sense to you, you may well be working along these lines already – I hope it is encouraging. If it inspires you, then seek out others who feel the same, and rewrite it together. Make it yours. Make it specific. Publish it. Act on it. Forge relations with other groups. Federate and […]
This is the second part of an interview with Pat Conaty, senior research fellow at NEF and Co-operatives UK and author of the Resilience Imperative, with Michael Lewis. We’re talking about building a co-operative commonwealth. Part 1 is here.
This is part 2 of our interview with Graham Mitchell, who works in the co-operative tech sector. Here we’re talking about how we might grow the co-operative, non-extractive sector, and what barriers we might face. Part 1 is here.
So today we’re talking with Pat Conaty, senior research fellow at NEF and Co-operatives UK and author of the Resilience Imperative, with Michael Lewis. We’re talking about ‘the commons’.
Today I’m talking with Cath Muller of Radical Routes, Cornerstone Housing Co-op and Co-operative Business Consultants. This is part 1 of our conversation, about her visit to Catalan co-operatives, and hitch-hiking across the Atlantic to visit US co-ops.