Capitalism in Crisis
Scientists and academics are pointing to increasingly dangerous levels of climate change and habitat destruction, Europe and America are facing their worst economic problems for a generation, and social movements around the world - such as 'occupy' - are calling for sweeping reforms.
Do co-operatives offer an alternative model of social organisation which could address some of these key issues? Or do they simply offer another way of organising businesses within a predominantly capitalist economy? What changes need to happen for co-operatives to become the dominant business model?
The Co-operative Alternative to Capitalism webpages were created by Ethical Consumer to encourage co-operators around the world to write, think and share ideas on this subject in a common space.
In 2012, with help from our project parterns, we ran an essay prize on the subject, and recevied over thirty excellent contributions. Links to more information on the winners and their ideas appear in the box below.