July/August 2012

How co-operatives can save the planet?



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.













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 -
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.

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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