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Conditions for consensus

Different groups use slightly different processes to achieve consensus decisions. However, in every group, there are a few conditions that underpin consensus building…

Who uses consensus?

Consensus is not a new idea. Variations of consensus have been tested and proven around the world and through time.

Why use consensus?

Consensus decision making is based on the idea that people should have full control over their lives and that power should be shared by all rather than concentrated in the hands of a few.

What’s wrong with the democracy we’ve got?

How we make decisions is the key to how our society is organised. It influences every aspect of our lives including our places of work, local communities, health services, and even whether we live in war or peace.

How to Start a Food Co-op

How to start a food co-op This guide should hopefully give you a good introductory overview of how to establish a student food co-op. You might find it a bit daunting, but remember: You are not alone! Students for Cooperation exists to support exactly this sort of project. So get in touch and we’ll help …

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Illustration from the Co-op News guide to setting up a student co-op.

Co-op News launches guide to starting student co-ops

Co-operative News has launched a student’s guide to starting a co-operative. The guide provides an overview of the key steps to be taken by anyone starting a student co-operative, alongside case studies and videos. The guide has been sponsored by Co-operative Education Trust Scotland (CETS), an organisation working to embed co-operative values and principles and the …

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Videos

Do you know another great video about co-ops? Post a link in the comments below! Student Food Co-ops: Brighton and Sussex A short film about student run food co-ops at Brighton and Sussex Universities. Hearty Squirrel Food Cooperative A short film about the Hearty Squirrel food cooperative at Edinburgh University which provides cheap organic and …

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Rochdale Pioneers Museum on Toad Lane

What is a Co-operative?

From massive consumer or agricultural co-ops with turnovers of billions of pounds, to small once a week volunteer-run stalls; co-operatives come in many shapes, forms and sizes. For example, there are: worker co-ops, organisations or businesses owned and run by their workers; consumer co-ops, owned and democratically-led by the customers who buy its services or …

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