I have written a short review for the Journal of Education Policy of Co-operation, learning and co-operative values, edited by Tom Woodin. Here are the opening couple of paragraphs: As Tom Woodin points out in his Introduction to the book, Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values, the Rochdale Pioneers of the nineteenth century Co-operative movement aspired to ‘re-arrange … Continue reading Review: Co-operation, learning and co-operative values
Letters from Utopia, first published in Post-16 Educator (84). Download PDF. “The state of abundance is not a Utopian vision but the real possibility of conditions already in existence.” (Kay and Mott, Political Order and the Law of Labour, 1982, 1) What follows is a series of short letters written by a student from the University of … Continue reading The University of Utopia
Mike Neary and I have been awarded funding by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education to focus on 'co-operative leadership' in the higher education context. Below is the introductory section of our research proposal. You can read the rest on Mike's blog. Here's a link to the project blog. The aim of this research is to explore the possibility … Continue reading Co-operative Leadership for Higher Education
We recommend to the working men to embark in co-operative production rather than in co-operative stores. The latter touch but the surface of the present economical system, the former attacks its groundwork. (Marx, 1866) My previous post outlined the key points from my reading of Egan and Jossa. In these notes, I reflect critically on … Continue reading Notes towards a critique of ‘Labour Managed Firms’
We acknowledge the cooperative movement as one of the transforming forces of the present society based upon class antagonism. Its great merit is to practically show that the present pauperising, and despotic system of the subordination of labour to capital can be superseded by the republican and beneficent system of the association of free and … Continue reading The association of free and equal producers
UPDATE (01/02/2011): This idea is now developing into an autonomous Social Science Centre. Click here for the website. The university has a staff suggestion scheme that rewards good ideas from staff. I've just submitted a proposal to the university for help in setting up a Social Science Centre. This is based loosely on an unsuccessful … Continue reading A co-operatively run 'Social Science Centre'