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Alliances between co-operation, collaboration and change-making 29 April 2013

Posted by cooperatoby in cooperative, Social enterprise.
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Shane Hughes of the Transition network gave a very fine TEDx talk which obtruded itself into my consciousness thanks to the Co-operatives group on LinkedIn, and is worth 12 minutes of anybody’s time. It’s interesting because he separates out three strands of contemporary thought which so often get conflated. As he says:
co-operation provides the methodological experience (170 years of it)
collaboration over the internet creates the disruptive innovations
change-making provides the ethical motivation

When you separate out these three stands, it makes thinking about how to change things much clearer – rather than wanting to make any one of them the subordinate of the other, you need to build alliances that embrace all three of them.

It reminds me of the three strands of the worker co-op renaissance of the 70s – Marxism, Christian socialism and hippie alternativism, which can coalesce surprisingly easily if you are young and omtimistic enough.

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