Grassroots economic activity is happening all over the world that puts the wellbeing of people and planet above profit of the few. From workers co-ops to the Library of Things movement the alternatives are everywhere and our task is to identify them and connect them in ways that build a coherent and powerful social movement for a new economy.
This month's activist café features contributions from Len Arthur (People's Assembly), Becky Harford (Rumney Forum), Mark Hooper (IndyCube) and Sally Hughes (Share Cardiff)
LEN ARTHUR, People's Assembly Wales
Founding member and former director of the Cardiff Institute for Co-operative Studies at Cardiff Met University. Len has been involved in radical politics for the l...ast five decades from rent strikes, Rock Against Racism, trade union organising with UCU to community campaigning. He has written extensively on the social economy and workers cooperatives.
BECKY HARFORD, Rumney Forum
We've all used a library to borrow books – but what about borrowing a tent, power tools or even wine glasses? A community in Cardiff opened a library of things where people can borrow what they need rather than buying it. The library, called Benthyg, is the first in Wales and is a Rumney Forum project. Becky will talk about her journey from library campaigner to founding the Rumney Forum who currently create inclusive events for everyone; Rumney Beach; Easter Egg Hunt, and the Christmas Tree Festival in one of the most deprived areas of the city
MARK HOOPER, IndyCube
Founder of IndyCube, a community benefit society and co-operative that runs co-working spaces in parts of Wales suffering from the decline of manufacturing. IndyCube has partnered with Community, the union, to create the first freelancers’ union in the UK to offer benefits like legal advice and invoice factoring. Hooper plans to expand IndyCube from 30 offices in Wales to more than a thousand around the UK in the next five years.
SALLY HUGHES, Share Cardiff
Visual and performance artist, facilitator and Project Co-ordinator. Founder of Share Cardiff, a new emergent enterprise that seeks to build a community of communities committed to sustainability and activating the urban commons for a better future, by people, for people. Shining a spotlight on sharing, solidarity and the new economy in Cardiff.