Historically there have been spikes in interest in cooperatives during crises, when communities fall back on community-spirited activity and common purpose to try to resolve the issues.
The Business Council of Co-operatives says there has been a spike in community buyouts of all manner of community services – shops, hotels, agriculture, renewable energy – and a surge in interest in areas where business models have broken down.
Could co-operatives be used more widely to help local and regional economies?
Melina Morrison – CEO, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals
June Tarlinton – Chair, Cobargo Community Co-operative in southern NSW
Scott Thompson – Chair, Broomehill Village Co-operative in southern WA
Greg Patmore – Emeritus Professor of Business and Labour History at the University of Sydney Business School.
Radio National’s Sunday Extra
27 September 2020