It’s said that we were born to co-operate as much as to compete. As British business struggles to get back on its feet, many people are asking whether our reliance on a competition-based business model has run its course and whether it’s able to serve the needs of our changing society.
To mark the start of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives 2012, a live panel debate was screened here on 12 January, chaired by Guardian Executive Editor Jo Confino. This international panel of co-operative and innovative business leaders explored how co-operation and shared ownership can offer an alternative to the old model, and create a more resilient, sustainable and responsible economy.
Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UKDame Pauline Green, President, International Co-operative AllianceLen Wardle, Chair, The Co-operative Group Charles Leadbeater, Economist Li Chunsheng, Vice-president of the All-China Federation of Supply and Marketing Co-operatives