Event: Co-ops and Capitalism, 27 September

Join us for a day of debate and talks in London

September 18, 2013
2 min read

This month Red Pepper is joining forces with New Internationalist and Ethical Consumer magazines to host a one-day conference on the subject of co-operatives.

The event will see a number of interesting talks and lively debates on the issue of co-operatives and mutualism, under the heading ‘Is there a co-operative alternative to capitalism?’

Red Pepper editor Hilary Wainright, who is due to speak at the event, said, ‘This conference is a very timely opportunity to explore and discuss how to generalise an alternative model of production, when all around us we see the incapability of conventional capitalistic, private production failing to meet society’s needs and causing environmental disaster.

‘Co-operatives provide working models of a feasible alternative. How do we generalise from these micro experiences to a wider strategy of social transformation? That’s our collective challenge on 27 September.

‘From its beginnings, Red Pepper magazine has been covering the radical potential of co-ops, urging the left more generally to take seriously this historic legacy and this source of hope for the future.’

The event coincides with the launch of a new book of the same title, which is jointly published by Ethical Consumer and New Internationalist magazines.

Ethical Consumer editor Rob Harrison, also speaking at the event, said, ‘Scientists and academics are pointing to increasingly dangerous levels of climate and habitat destruction. Europe and America are facing their worst economic problems for a generation, and social movements around the world are calling for sweeping reforms.

‘We want to discuss the extent to which co-operatives offer an alternative model which could address some of these key issues.’

Further guest speakers include Ed Mayo (Secretary General – Co-operatives UK) and Paul Monaghan (Up the Ethics/Co-operative Energy), with more contributors to be confirmed.

The conference will address three main themes: Co-operatives, capitalism and climate change; Technology and open source co-ops; and making co-ops the dominant organisational model.

It takes place at the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre (25 New Inn Yard, EC2A, London) on Friday, 27 September from 12:00 to 19:00. It will end with a drinks reception and the book launch.

You can book tickets via the Eventbrite page here.

For more information visit Ethical Consumer.


✹ Try our new pay-as-you-feel subscription — you choose how much to pay.

The Migrant Connections Festival: solidarity needs meaningful relationships
On March 4 & 5 Bethnal Green will host a migrant-led festival fostering community and solidarity for people of all backgrounds, writes Sohail Jannesari

Reclaiming Holloway Homes
The government is closing old, inner-city jails. Rebecca Roberts looks at what happens next

Intensification of state violence in the Kurdish provinces of Turkey
Oppression increases in the run up to Turkey’s constitutional referendum, writes Mehmet Ugur from Academics for Peace

Pass the domestic violence bill
Emma Snaith reports on the significance of the new anti-domestic violence bill

Report from the second Citizen’s Assembly of Podemos
Sol Trumbo Vila says the mandate from the Podemos Assembly is to go forwards in unity and with humility

Protect our public lands
Last summer Indigenous people travelled thousands of miles around the USA to tell their stories and build a movement. Julie Maldonado reports

From the frontlines
Red Pepper’s new race editor, Ashish Ghadiali, introduces a new space for black and minority progressive voices

How can we make the left sexy?
Jenny Nelson reports on a session at The World Transformed

In pictures: designing for change
Sana Iqbal, the designer behind the identity of The World Transformed festival and the accompanying cover of Red Pepper, talks about the importance of good design

Angry about the #MuslimBan? Here are 5 things to do
As well as protesting against Trump we have a lot of work to get on with here in the UK. Here's a list started by Platform

Who owns our land?
Guy Shrubsole gives some tips for finding out

Don’t delay – ditch coal
Take action this month with the Coal Action Network. By Anne Harris

Utopia: Work less play more
A shorter working week would benefit everyone, writes Madeleine Ellis-Petersen

Mum’s Colombian mine protest comes to London
Anne Harris reports on one woman’s fight against a multinational coal giant

Bike courier Maggie Dewhurst takes on the gig economy… and wins
We spoke to Mags about why she’s ‘biting the hand that feeds her’

Utopia: Daring to dream
Imagining a better world is the first step towards creating one. Ruth Potts introduces our special utopian issue

A better Brexit
The left should not tail-end the establishment Bremoaners, argues Michael Calderbank

News from movements around the world
Compiled by James O’Nions

Podemos: In the Name of the People
'The emergence as a potential party of government is testament both to the richness of Spanish radical culture and the inventiveness of activists such as Errejón' - Jacob Mukherjee reviews Errejón and Mouffe's latest release

Survival Shake! – creative ways to resist the system
Social justice campaigner Sakina Sheikh describes a project to embolden young people through the arts

‘We don’t want to be an afterthought’: inside Momentum Kids
If Momentum is going to meet the challenge of being fully inclusive, a space must be provided for parents, mothers, carers, grandparents and children, write Jessie Hoskin and Natasha Josette

The Kurdish revolution – a report from Rojava
Peter Loo is supporting revolutionary social change in Northern Syria.

How to make your own media
Lorna Stephenson and Adam Cantwell-Corn on running a local media co-op

Book Review: The EU: an Obituary
Tim Holmes takes a look at John Gillingham's polemical history of the EU

Book Review: The End of Jewish Modernity
Author Daniel Lazar reviews Enzo Traverso's The End of Jewish Modernity

Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants
Ida-Sofie Picard introduces Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants – as told to Jenny Nelson

Book review: Angry White People: Coming Face to Face With the British Far-Right
Hilary Aked gets close up with the British far right in Hsiao-Hung Pai's latest release

University should not be a debt factory
Sheldon Ridley spoke to students taking part in their first national demonstration.

Book Review: The Day the Music Died – a Memoir
Sheila Rowbotham reviews the memoirs of BBC director and producer, Tony Garnett.

Power Games: A Political History
Malcolm Maclean reviews Jules Boykoff's Power Games: A Political History


34