Reading Group: “Everything for Everyone”

Book Title: Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy

Date: April 3rd 10pm (22:00) GMT

Format: Online Discussion with the author

Join reading group members to discuss the exciting new book with author and assistant professor of Media Studies at University of Colorado Boulder, Nathan Schneider!

Having read a lot of books about co-operatives, I found this one fresh, fun and inspiring- a testament to the awesome power of co-operatives.

Book Summary:
A new feudalism is on the rise. From the internet to service and care, more and more industries expect people to live gig to gig, while monopolistic corporations feed their spoils to the rich. But as Nathan Schneider shows through years of in-depth reporting, there is an alternative to the robber-baron economy hiding in plain sight; we just need to know where to look.

Cooperatives are jointly owned, democratically controlled enterprises that advance the economic, social, and cultural interests of their members. They often emerge during moments of crisis not unlike our own, putting people in charge of the workplaces, credit unions, grocery stores, healthcare, and utilities they depend on. Co-ops have helped to set the rules, and raise the bar, for the wider society.

Since the financial crash of 2008, the cooperative movement has been coming back with renewed vigor. Everything for Everyone chronicles this economic and social revolution—from taxi cooperatives that are keeping Uber and Lyft at bay, to an outspoken mayor transforming his city in the Deep South, to a fugitive building a fairer version of Bitcoin, to the rural electric co-op members who are propelling an aging system into the future. As these pioneers show, cooperative enterprise is poised to help us reclaim faith in our capacity for creative, powerful democracy.

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