July/August 2012
7/8月合併号

How co-operatives can save the planet?

協同組合が世界を救う
(英語版)

 


Look around for a moment. The world appears a pretty unco-operative place, torn by vicious squabbles and bloody violence. Indeed, 'watch out for number one' seems to be the driving credo behind a global economy ruled by greed, blind ambition and self-interest.

But there's more to the story than that.

There's another approach to human affairs that has yet to receive its due and is exactly the opposite of the cutthroat, competitive model which drives corporations and agitates governments.

Co-operation: we would never have progressed as far as we have as a species without it. You could even say it's in our genes, as the new scholars of evolution have shown.

This month's New Internationalist marks the UN's International Year of Co-operatives. Around the world more than a billion people are involved in co-ops - as members, customers, employees or worker/owners. The crisis in growth and the global economic slump have uncovered an urgent need and a deep yearning for doing things differently. The continued success and growth of co-ops proves that's possible.



しばし世界を見回してみる。するとそこは、協同という概念とはかけ離れ、ひどい争いと血なまぐさい暴力行為に引き裂かれている場所のように見える。グローバル経済を支配するのは、どん欲さ、無謀な野心、自己利益であり、その原動力となるのは、「ナンバーワンをうかがう」という信条であるようだ。

しかし、そんな状態とは別世界の概念も存在する。

それは、異なる人間活動のやり方で、企業の原動力となり政府をあおり立てる非情な競争モデルとは正反対に位置するものだ。だが、その功績はいまだ正当に評価されていない。

もしも協同という概念がなかったら、生物である私たちは絶対に発展を遂げることはできなかっただろう。新たな進化研究者が示すように、私たちの遺伝子には協同が組み込まれているとさえ言うことは可能かもしれない。

今月のニュー・インターナショナリストは、国連の国際協同組合年にちなんだ特集である。世界では10億を超える人々が、組合員として、顧客として、被雇用者として、あるいは労働者/オーナーとして、協同組合にかかわっている。成長が危機に直面し、グローバル経済が停滞したことにより、これまでとは違うやり方への強い渇望と差し迫った必要性が表面化した。

成長と成功が続いている協同組合。それは、可能性の証なのである。

 

NI

No.454

Contents

目次

 

Agenda
Making the news this month


6 Oz puts a price on carbon

7 The legacy of forest defender Chut Wutty

8 Québec's maple spring

9 Londoners muse Olympic legacy

10 News in brief this month
PLUS – Open Window guest cartoonist Omar Abdallat from Jordan.


Mixed Media

11 'We call it life'
'Riots have been nearly happening all my life,' poet-rapper Speech Debelle tells Louise Gray.
PLUS: Hot Docs 2012 - a roundup of the best offerings at Toronto's annual film-fest; a new CD from Billy Bragg and Wilco commemorates Woody Guthrie; and a memorable début novel from filmmaker Elaine Proctor.


The Big Story -
Co-operatives
17 We' re all in this together
Time to celebrate the International Year of Co-operatives. Wayne Ellwood raises a glass to their long history and argues that co-ops are democratic, community focused - and a challenge to the dominant free-market model.

21 How co-ops are building a better world - THE FACTS

22 The unselfish gene
Zoe Cormier explores our natural ability to co-operate.

24 Big thinkers on co-operation

26 Beyond solidarity
The rituals that reinforce co-operation are under threat, says Richard Sennett.
Interview by Horatio Morpurgo.

27 Cooking for peace
Sometimes simple things can build understanding. Noreen Sadik reports from Israel.

28 What would Che say?
Can co-operatives save Cuba? John Restakis travels to Havana to find out.

31 They told us we couldn't count
In Indonesia, self-help is transforming the lives of rural women. Irfan Kortschak talks to one co-op member.

32 Your guide for all things co-operative.


Features
36 Heroism or desperation?
Self-immolation by Tibetan protesters is becoming an all-too-familiar sight.
Dibyesh Anand considers the reasons why..


Regular Features
4 Letters
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone.

16 Letter from Botswana
What is self-evident for one is a mystery to others, discovers Lauri Kubuitsile.

33 Puzzle Page

34 Country Profile: Azerbaijan

38 Mark Engler
Wall Street wants your gratitude.

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