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STIR is a quarterly magazine that promotes new economic alternatives, exploring where the social economy, the commons and civic society come together. We feature original illustrations, long-form interviews, and in-depth articles that move beyond traditional political commentary to explore the inspiring and viable alternatives that present a serious challenge to the current political crisis.

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Big Ideas: Universal Social Economic Theory — Dan Gregory

“Whatever happened to the big ideas? Surely now, when the world burns and inequality tears at the ties that bind us, we need new big ideas?”

Going Upstream: What is the Future Role of Local Government? — Jenni Lloyd

“The work of local government is fundamentally important. Councils are the primary provider of numerous essential services, which make people’s lives liveable on a day-to-day basis.”

Q&A: Vidhya Alakeson — Power to Change

“Community organisations have stepped forward where the state has stepped back over the last decade...But we shouldn’t misunderstand this: communities are not just filling in; they are delivering something different and of value.”

Secret Community Leader

“I have spent several decades rejecting the idea of being a leader, not because I have a blind spot about the role I have assumed in groups, communities, organisations, and even friendship groups, but because I have had an unconventional and nomadic lifestyle.”

From What is to What If? Unleashing the Power of Imagination — Rob Hopkins

“We are relentlessly bombarded with information, all vying for our attention, to the extent that many people fight a daily battle with distraction.”

BeyondHere Fellowship — Stephanie Gamauf

“We launched our first application process in July 2019 for a fellowship exploring the role of wellbeing and mental health in community leaders within a newly emerging business sector.”

Right of Reply — Doubling the Size of the Co-operative Economy

Andrew Pendleton, New Economics Foundation

“While we struggle to find proposals with which we disagree, where we do take issue is with the juxtaposition of a national policy framework versus a local economy basis for achieving our shared ambition of more co-operatives.”

Les Huckfield, Sheffield Co-operative Development Group

“Too many policies from NEF and the Democracy Collaborative seem to envisage co-operatives working within existing economic structures, rather than providing a basis for an entirely different and alternative local economy.”

The Future of Co-op Development: Building on our Legacy — James de le Vingne

“How can we build on the know how and capacity of the existing practitioner network to create a diverse and inclusive ecosystem and what roles can those with a co-operative development agenda play?”

Feature: Post-election Reflection from Democracy Collaborative’s Sarah McKinley, Shared Asset’s Kate Swade, Redbridge Council’s Simon Parker, and Co-operative UK’s James Wright.

Philosophy Series: The Ignorant Schoolmaster — Jacques Ranciere

“He expected horrendous barbarisms, or maybe a complete inability to perform. How could these young people, deprived of explanation, understand and resolve the difficulties of a language entirely new to them?”

Interview with — P2P Foundation’s Michel Bauwens

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  • First Issue: Issue 1
  • Latest Issue: Issue 28
  • Issue Count: 28
  • Page Count: 1,456
  • Published: Quarterly
  • ISSN: 2515-270X

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