Can we cooperate our way out of trouble?

27/01/2013 § Leave a comment

I wrote a review recently of an excellent book, The Resilience Imperative – Cooperative transitions to a steady-state economy, for the website Open Democracy. Here’s a link:

www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/patrick-andrews/can-we-cooperate-our-way-out-of-trouble-review-of-‘-resilience-imperati-0

In essence I suppose I am saying that in looking for inspiration for new ways of organising there is lots we can learn from cooperatives but that a lot of their thinking is stuck  in the past and that we can equally learn from e-bay and Linux.  I tend to resist absolutism and I find a lot of cooperators are convinced that theirs is the only way, just as many people in large businesses believe that theirs is the only way.

The only way forward to proper solutions to the challenges we face is to integrate diverse views, not fight over which is better. Isn’t it?

 

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