Really interesting, I had not heard of the theory of collective action, another debunkable so-called ‘tragedy’ of the commons.
“Ostrom noted that Olson’s model of collective action[…] is another model which predicts that the commons will be ruined. Olson (1965) examined political and social movements and was critical of the idea that support for a particular ideology or set of policy demands was sufficient to persuade individuals to become politically active in a group.”
“Often it is asserted that human nature shows we are intrinsically competitive by those on the right, or intrinsically cooperative by those on the left. Ostrom’s approach was to reject such broad generalisations and her anti-essentialism made her suspicious of unchanging foundations of human behaviour.” — Derek Wall, #Ostrom‘s Rules for Radicals
Important point. To hope that everyone would be naturally predisposed to cooperation is naive.
Is this the best place to go for an up-to-date list?
To support the expansion of cooperatives in the UK it is necessary to improve their access to finance, and examples from Italy and Spain point in the direction necessary to achieve this. Cooperatives can further be supported by national legislation and a re-worked government procurement policy.
My energy provider (in the UK) is currently one which guarantees buy back of renewables for all energy used. I don’t have enough money to invest in renewable companies. What else should I do? Petition? Protest? Get involved with local community? What else?