Is there a co-operative alternative to capitalism?
Enter our Essay Prize for a chance to win £1,500
• Do co-operatives offer an alternative model of social organisation which can address some of the core problems within contemporary capitalism such as global inequality, unsustainable resource depletion and climate change? Or do they simply offer another way of organising businesses within a predominantly capitalist economy?
• What would the world look like if - as some early co-operators aspired to - co-operatives grew to gradually replace private businesses across every economic sector? Would it be much the same? Would it be somehow transformative or utopian?
Contribute your ideas on one or more of these key questions in our Essay Prize.
We are looking for contributions of between 2,000 to 6,000 words and submissions need to be made by 12 noon on October 5th 2012.
The essay prizes will be announced and awarded at the Co-operatives United World Festival in Manchester (Oct 29th to Nov 3rd).
A range of prizes are on offer, and winning entries may be featured in magazines, books and other publications.
For more details on how to enter click here.
For some quotes and comments on co-operation and capitalism from other writers click here.