Category Archives: Education

Social care system in crisis: the co-operative model offers a good way forward

“Our social care system is in urgent need of reform. Private companies profiteer, whilst older people, those who rely on social care and the staff that deliver it, pay the price. The market in social care services is broken – … Continue reading

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A report on new economic strategies for Wales offers useful leads for England

In 2015, the Wales Co-operative Centre and Co-operatives UK asked Pat Conaty to report on the social and co-operative economy innovation in Wales and to set this in a policy context, as uneven growth and imbalanced recovery from the downturn … Continue reading

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Invitation to the Convergence Festival which builds on Ireland’s rich tradition of co-operatives and the current interest in community ownership

 An invitation from Cultivate – a practical sustainability organisation which aims to equip people to respond to the twin issues of energy vulnerability and climate change by providing access to the knowledge and tools that cultivate sustainable lifestyles and resilient … Continue reading

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The workers who ran their own mill — the first productive co-operative society

A transcript about co-operative pioneers of Hebden Bridge was found on the site of Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas. Summary with added pictures below. Hebden Bridge (below) in the West … Continue reading

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Plymouth co-operates to change its energy future

Marie-Claire Kidd, a writer for Co-operative News, reports that Plymouth’s energy future is changing. In 2012 Plymouth’s co-operative city council established a Low Carbon City Team, which helped to identify the city’s potential for community energy solutions and forge partnerships. … Continue reading

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Avoiding payday lenders and building up savings

London Capital Credit Union is a not for profit co-operative dedicated to promoting saving and dealing with debt. It provides secure savings and low cost loans for anyone living, working or studying in Barnet, Camden, City of London, Hackney, Haringey or Islington. Because … Continue reading

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Ursula Lidbetter on accountability, Edgar Parnell on executive selection

The chairman of the Co-op Group earlier reflected on the way in which members can be protected and co-operative democracy remain robust and meaningful. Though many independent co-operative societies have a sizable democratic deficit, Ms Lidbetter has written about ‘process’, … Continue reading

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