Posts by Colm Massey

In memory of Robin Murray

In memory of Robin Murray

Dear friends, We were very sad to hear of the death of Robin Murray this week. He was known to many of us at the Institute for Solidarity Economics (ISE), in different guises – as a teacher, co-researcher, activist and a friend. It was one of our trustees, Jane Grindey, who first introduced me to […]

Upcoming Events

Several excellent upcoming events this weekend across Europe and here in UK, working towards building the solidarity economy. Radical Technology Revisited in Bristol, UK on 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sept ’16 UK Society for Co-operative Studies Conference in Newcastle, UK on 3rd & 4th Sept ’16 Peer Value: Advancing the Commons Collaborative Economy in Amsterdam […]

A new co-operative economy: Democrati...

The co-operative movement in Rojava (the democratic, autonomous region in the north of Syria) and Bakur (the mostly-Kurdish region which lies within Turkey’s borders) is growing. Here, co-operatives are seen as an integral part of democracy – and vital to the development and integration of different parts of society. But very little of what is […]

Book Review: The Solidarity Economy A...

The Solidarity Economy Alternative: Emerging Theory and Practice. Edited by Vishwas Satgar Reviewed by Anne Mc Lennan and Salim Latib The ‘solidarity economy’ is not just an alternative, but a real possibility, rooted in a discourse on different global and local economic systems, and on collective and solidarity based economic practices, that are unfolding across […]

Chasing Utopia: Worker Ownership and ...

Chasing Utopia is an excellent critique of the over emphasis on the value of factory take-overs and employee ownership in the absence of strategies for system change and taking on and transformation of the state and big business. ‘In short, co-ops, once an integral part of radical political movements, are now largely integrated into the […]

The Co-operative Education Conference...

The newly relaunched Co-operative College hosts a two day conference in Manchester on 21st and 22nd April, which gives co‑operators, practitioners and researchers from the UK and internationally an opportunity to engage in debates across the themes of: Shaping Co-operative Education Systems Character, Learning and Co-operation Learning for Global Co-operative Livelihood Here’s the link.

New Manifestos for Radical Economic T...

4 Proposals for a radical transformation of the economic system from the US’s Next System Project. It’s an initiative to put the central idea of system change, and that there can be a “Next System,” on the map. They are proposing and discussing a range of bold economic ideas so that we can work for […]

Democratic Money and Capital for the ...

An excellent collation and reflection on our options for democratising capital, by David Bollier and Pat Conaty. “One of the more complicated, mostly unresolved issues facing most commons is how to assure the independence of commons when the dominant systems of finance, banking and money are so hostile to commoning. How can commoners meet their […]

Commons Collaborative Economies

“Commons Collaborative Economies: Policies, Technologies and City for the People is an encounter which aims to highlight the relevance of the commons-oriented approach of peer production and collaborative economy, while proposing public policies and providing technical guidelines to build software platforms for collaborative communities.” Looks like an excellent focus for those building software solutions for the […]

PSP Fund London Meeting Time and Venu...

Hi Folks, So let’s meet at 4:00PM Thursday 15th Oct at the cafe of the Friends Meeting House. If you can’t attend but have any contributions you want to make please use the Loomio group. You can register for the Loomio Group here. In sol, Colm