Four co-ops that are building a new economy

Categories: How To
Published on: April 30, 2015

Grassroots Economic Organizing

new_leaf_coop_smallThe populations of the impoverished European societies have gotten tired of waiting for the support of their governments and have decided to take things into their own hands. Seeing that the state is not planning on helping them, that it collaborates with the corporate sector who was partly responsible for the crisis – and not its alternative – the people realized that they can count only on their own powers and the solidarity in their communities.

All across Europe have emerged, like mushrooms, horizontal structures, through which people try to manage their daily problems. Through such structures they strive to find alternative ways for satisfying their daily needs, which neither the private nor the state sector can satisfy. These “economic” structures take different collective and cooperative forms, covering various spheres of services, production, etc.