Visioning a Better Future of Business
Advocates of cooperatives need allies with compatible visions of social change – including, most challengingly, visions that assume limits to growth and capital. The search for more stable and just alternatives to capitalism (prominently but not at all exclusively cooperatives) continues to garner greater attention. This may be especially true in the U.K. and Europe generally. There, more diverse traditions of political thought still have traction, and at the same time the failure and decline of the existing order are increasingly evident.
For an introduction to some of the cooperative, mutual, and nonprofit examples and proposed directions, one place to start is a “Scaling up hub” series from theGuardian. Jules Peck provides a brief summary along with many links for further exploration of these different examples and schools of thought, in “The future of business: what are the alternatives to capitalism?”: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/future-business-alternatives-capitalism.