If you’ve ever wondered what exactly a co-operative is – there’s still no legal definition in the UK – the only way to tell if an organisation is a true co-operative is to assess to what extent it complies with the definition and Principles agreed by the International Co-operative Alliance in 1995. Below you’ll find other sources of information on the co-operative movement in the UK.
Different types of co-operative
Co-op support and information:
and some of our favourite co-ops:
There’s a lot of mythology around co-operatives – some people think that everyone decides everything, or that everyone is always paid the same, or that a co-operative is a voluntary organisation or a charity. Here’s some clarity on those myths, and a favourite of mine – The Tyranny of Structurelessness – hideous title for an excellent analysis of why structure is so important for groups who want to change the world. Without it you will be ruled by unaccountable people who owe their power to knowledge or charisma or access to resources, who were not elected and therefore cannot be controlled or removed from power.