Building a co-operative train line

Government always says it wants innovation, and for people to be able to try new things; but it inadvertently makes decisions that mean that smaller organisations can never build their way up.

With Alex Lawrie founder of Go-op.

Highlights:

  • Everyone accepts that the roads can help us get where we want to go without going into and back out of London. Why can’t we apply that logic to rail?
  • With community shares, even very capital-intensive enterprises, which had previously been thought of as something that co-ops couldn’t consider, can actually be taken on by organisations following co-operative principles.
  • Government always says it wants innovation, and for people to be able to try new things; but it inadvertently makes decisions that wipe out an entire level of the business ecosystem, which means that smaller organisations can never build their way up to the higher levels. It effectively gives a monopoly to large corporations.

Links:
Ecological Land Co-op
Somerset Co-op

Transcript on LowImpact.org.

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