Charles Leadbetter spoke at the Enabled by Design Unconference at the Design Museum on Thursday 17 June 2010 and said: “For, With, By and To In the spring of 2010 I began work on a project called For, With, By and To, which argues there are only four main ways in which we organise most … Continue reading For, with by and to
Compare and contrast the insights into primary health care provided by Dr. Carl Taylor’s lecture with the insights provided from the other assigned lectures, readings and videos during Weeks 1 and 2. How are these perspectives similar, and how are they different? Use specific examples from the course materials to back up your … Continue reading Primary Health Care – What Is It?
The argument of this pamphlet is that we should jettison the assumption that humans are selfish, first and foremost. Instead, we should start from the assumption that most of the time, most people want to be cooperative.
We should also assume that the most enduring, productive, adaptive solutions to our shared dilemmas will also be the fairest, because fairness breeds cooperation. Only when cooperative approaches manifestly fail should we turn to solutions that hinge on self-interest.
Drawing in evidence from infant development studies, evolutionary science and the course of human history from the prehistoric to the modern, Charlie Leadbeater argues that society – including our political leaders – can and should embrace and foster humankind's integral cooperative spirit and redress the individualistic, transactional model of modern capitalism.
'Humans are more cooperative than other species because we are capable of more fine-grained forms of cooperation: we are prepared to cooperate with strangers, over large distances and times, overcoming obstacles of language and culture. This deeply wired capacity for cooperation will be more important than ever to enable us to create shared solutions to complex challenges, from global financial regulation to ageing and climate change.
'Yet most of our systems, institutions and models of public policy lock us in to a miserable, impoverished view of ourselves as untrustworthy and selfish. These approaches actively crowd out cooperation, supplanting cooperative solutions with systems that rely on material incentives. They remake the world in their own image.'
Looking at three issues as examples – bankers and their bonuses, the UK riots of 2011 and the ongoing immigration debate – Leadbeater concludes that cooperative models of organisation and problem-solving offer the best hope of deepening understanding and producing fair and good outcomes.
Published in partnership with Co-operatives UK
http://www.selfsufficientish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=24308 Man builds Hobbit house for 3k by ajs88 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:41 pm I've just read a wonderful story about a man who has built a hobbit style home for him and his family. He had no previous experience and was allowed to build the house by the ownder of a forest who … Continue reading Hobbit homes for all?
http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/business-brains/-8216social-commerce-8217-gets-billions-this-year-fad-or-new-business-model-emerging/15713?tag=nl.e660 Social commerce’ gets billions this year: fad or new business model emerging?By Joe McKendrick | May 7, 2011, 10:17 AM PDTNew industry statistics confirm what the media has been buzzing about past few months: the social commerce space is a hot ticket. Social Commerce Today reports that social commerce startups received about $1.93 billion in funding since … Continue reading The future of co-ops
How to make the big society! http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gardening-blog/video/2011/mar/22/lammas-eco-village-off-grid-video?&CMP=EMCENVEML1631
I've just joined http://www.uk.coop/ Co-operatives UK is the national trade body that campaigns for co-operation and works to promote, develop and unite co-operative enterprises. We have a unique role as a trade association for co-operatives. We aim to bring together all those with a passion and interest in co-operative action. We work to promote … Continue reading Cooperatives UK
http://www.newstartmag.co.uk/news/article/3133/government-announces-first-wave-of-trailblazing-mutuals First wave of ‘trailblazing’ mutuals announced A social enterprise in Mansfield is to deliver housing support services to vulnerable people, and teaching and administrative staff will set up a trust to run a Cumbrian college after the government gave the green light to the first round of Pathfinder mutuals projects. Cabinet officer … Continue reading Mutuals are go
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B000KGPY6Y/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&qid=1273953593&sr=8-3&condition=all Upton Sinclair 1936 This needs to be key reading on the Utopia101 course I am planning! Anyone know how to get it reprinted or googled?