Solidfund members discussed and agreed to make a contribution of just under £6,000 to Altgen, in support of its work to develop new programmes of support and education for young people wanting to be involved in worker cooperatives.
SolidFund members discussed and voted in favour of a proposal to donate £500 to a fledgling project aimed at preserving records from the wave of British worker co-operatives and co-operative development in the 1970s-1990s.
SolidFund was born out of an idea we had at the first Worker Coop Weekend, in 2014. One reason for setting up the Fund was to guarantee we could hold worker coop gatherings every year. So check out Worker Coop Weekend 2016, 6-8 May. This year it's in Staffordshire.
Co-operatives UK has just published new research on worker co-ops, by Virginie Pérotin of Leeds University. Titled 'What do we really know about worker co-operatives?', Pérotin's paper refutes one or two widely shared assumptions. She finds that: