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Report published in our regular think pieces, new insight, co-operative thinking and other series.

After the storm

In 2013, the co-operative sector was rocked by events around The Co-operative Bank, making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The year ended though, with a successful recapitalisation of the bank.

This short report assesses public views on co-operatives and mutuals in the light of these.

You can read a blog from Ed Mayo, our Secretary General on The Huffington Post.

Commons Sense

Co-operative place making and the capturing of land value for 21st century Garden Cities

Edited by Pat Conaty, Co-operatives UK and Martin Large, Stroud Common Wealth

‘Men did not make the earth….Every proprietor owes the community a ground rent for the land which he holds.’

Sticky money

Sticky money - evaluating the local impact of the co-operative pound provides guidance for co-operatives on using the LM3 tool to evaluate their local economic impact using the Lincolnshire Co-operative Society as a case study to illustrate the process.

Over summer 2012, Lincolnshire Co-operative used the Local Multiplier 3 (LM3) methodology to measure the local economic impact of its operations on Lincolnshire. This process was sponsored by Co-operatives UK and externally assessed by K2A.

Saving business through worker co-operatives

Administration is often a wasteful and costly process, both to employees and to the economy at large. Saving business through worker co-operatives argues that up to 7,500 enterprises could be eligible to be saved through action to allow workers to take over the businesses.

Good News: A co-operative solution to the media crisis

Dave Boyle argues that the crisis in the media is a moment of opportunity to bring co-operative structures and business models to the sector.

Practical tools for defining co-operative and mutual enterprise

This publication, which follows a draft released in 2011 for consultation, details how Co-operatives UK makes judgments on aspects of co-operative identity.

Co-op Capitalism

Professor Noreena Hertz explains why the Gucci Capitalism based on self-interest and profit maximisation looks set to be replaced by an open source Co-op Capitalism.

Global Business Ownership 2012

This report analyses the number of people who have an ownership stake of co-operative enterprise.

A woman's place in the co-operative movement?

This paper is based on interviews we conducted in May 2011 with sixteen women involved in the co-operative movement, commissioned by Co-operatives UK as part of the Co-operative Women’s 2020 Challenge.

Co-operatives and the wealth of nations

Contained here is John Restakis' full lecture Co-operation and the Wealth of Nations, given as part of Co-operatives Fortnight 2011.

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