Social innovation and public service reform

In the age of the internet, the principles of co-operation and mutuality are once again becoming a major source of social innovation. A reaction to a corporate economy driven by a short term profit imperative at the expense of their social and environmental impact; in the face of the recent financial crisis social movements have sprung up that sought forms of enterprise that internalise these issues rather than treating them as mere externalities. They have sparked an emerging civil economy.


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Essential Reading

Download Co-operatives in the Big Society here.
Co-operatives in the Big Society


You can download our great guidebook Nuts and Bolts: How to Set up a Food Co-op free of charge here. But please add your name to our mailing list if you do.


Nuts and Bolts by Jesse Norman

Or Jesse Norman's book Big Society
Big Society by Jesse Norman