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.
In our January 2017 issue: Michael Lewis’ lead article introduces the concept of the Solidarity Economy and how it’s reshaping the housing market in Vancouver, consumer co-ops in Japan, and energy production in Scandinavia. Robert Raymond travels to Amsterdam to visit the co-founders of Breadfunds, an insurance-like facility for self-employed individuals, while James Angel, a member of Switched On London, explains how municipal energy could challenge the power of the Big Six. Amy Martin and Lee Nichols share their development of Kidoop, an app to support childcare co-ops, and our editor, Jonny Gordon-Farleigh, visits New York City to interview Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, a historian who has been researching the role of co-operatives in African American history.
Steve Matthews visits the 5th annual Xarxa d’Economia Solidària de Catalunya
in Barcelona to report on Catalonia’s Solidarity Economy, which has a combined turnover of €165m and employs 4,000 people across a range of sectors. And with the problems of investor-owned digital companies and the exploitation of personal data, the Institute for Solidarity Economics explore how data can be used for good, Danny Spitzberg describes his involvement in the buytwitter campaign, and Oliver Sylvester-Bradley reviews Nathan Schneider’s and Trebor Scholz’s Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism.