Is there a co-operative alternative to capitalism?
Friday, 27 September 2013 from 12:00 to 19:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
One day conference in association with Ethical Consumer, New Internationalist, and Red Pepper.
Join us for a day of interesting talks and lively debate on the issue of co-operatives and mutualism.
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.
Do co-operatives offer an alternative model of social organisation which could address some of these key issues? Or do they simply offer another way of organising businesses within a predominantly capitalist economy?
What would the world look like if - as some early co-operators aspired to - co-operatives grew to gradually replace private businesses across every economic sector? Would it be much the same? Or would it be somehow transformative or utopian?
What to expect on the day
Our exciting day of talks and workshops will address some of these questions with contributions on subjects including:
- Co-operatives, capitalism and climate change
- Technology and open source co-operations
- Making co-ops the dominant business model
Some excellent guest speakers including Ed Mayo (Secretary General – Co-operatives UK), Hilary Wainwright (editor Red Pepper) are Paul Monaghan (Up the Ethics/Co-operative Energy) will be coming with more to be confirmed.
At 6.00pm there will be the launch of a new book from Ethical Consumer and New Internationalist called 'People over Capital: The Co-operative Alternative to Capitalism' where you can meet and hear from some of the chapter authors.
For more information on the Schedule for the day and the book contents please visit our website at
We have chosen to charge for ticket costs this year in order to cover costs for catering and other services at this larger event. If the cost is a problem for you, please contact us using the link below.
When & Where
Ethical Consumer is a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative, dedicated to the
promotion of universal human rights, environmental sustainability and animal welfare.
- encourage sustainable behaviour across the corporate sector through market pressure
- empower individual consumers to take action on issues of concern to them
- lead international discussion and research on the potential of ethical purchasing