The writings featured here represent a cross section of writings touching on the co-operative model and movement generally and their relation to the key economic and social issues of our times.
There is much to be gained from a strategic partnership between municipalities and the co-op movement. This report outlines how co-ops and credit unions can help municipalities improve the quality of civic life and achieve their sustainability goals in such areas as renewable energy, sustainable transportation, affordable housing, promotion of green industry, and the advancement of arts & culture.Go to The Co-operative City
Co-operation is fundamental to the successful operation and the quality of life of all cities. The co-op movement can be a key inspiration for models and resources to help cities achieve a healthy and sustainable future.
An analysis of the history, nature, and role of the social economy. Reciprocity is the social mechanism that makes associational life possible. When reciprocity finds economic expression for the provision of goods and services to people and communities it is the social economy that results.Go to Defining the social economy:the BC Context
Organizations like United We Can, a binners recycling group in Vancouver, show how social economy organizations address pressing social issues through the use of reciprocity.
This is as yet an unpublished chapter for an upcoming book on Sustainability and the Social Economy.Go to Human Services and the Caring Society
Caring is only possible in the context of reciprocal relationships in which people are treated with dignity and respect. Social co-ops are one way of realizing these principles in the design and delivery of social services.
This piece looks at the implications of tax policy as it relates to the purposes and operations of the organizations and social and economic relations that compose the civil economy. It is a chapter in the book, The Great Revenue Robbery, published by Between the Lines in 2013.Tax Justice and the Civil Economy