“It was not an accidental occurrence or for flippant reasons that Karl Marx and Mikhail Bakunin saw cooperative economics and labor self-management as useful tools in the struggle for socialism and the undermining of capitalism.”
It’s from 2013, but it is a positive story of workers taking over the factory and turning it into something with positive environmental and social impact. And while I can’t read Italian from what I can understand they are still active, despite some attempts to shut them down. http://rimaflow.it/
With the UK’s 6,815 co-ops employing 226,000 people, the co-operative sector employs 0.7% of the UK’s workforce, making it a significant player in the economy.
I like the co-operative principles, and particularly #7 (“Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities”) – but I think it should give a nod to remote communities and the planet as a whole. Is it implied perhaps? I suppose you could interpret “community” as you want.
The seven co-operative principles:
- Open and voluntary membership
- Democratic member control
- Member economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training and information
- Co-operation among co-operatives
- Concern for community