We're delighted to welcome Radical Routes to share their insights on how to set up housing co-ops and 'clusters' of linked co-ops, and how to navigate the complex world of different types, sizes and models of co-operative living arrangements.
Radical Routes is an inspiring network of co-ops whose members are committed to working for positive social change. Their support, 'rootstock' investment scheme, and depth of knowledge and commitment has enabled successful housing co-ops to spring up all over the country. In their own words:
"We want to see a world based on equality and co-operation, where people give according to their ability and receive according to their needs, where work is fulfilling and useful and creativity is encouraged, where decision making is open to everyone with no hierarchies, where the environment is valued and respected in its own right rather than exploited. We want to take control over all aspects of our lives. However, as we are not all in a position of control we are forced to compromise in order to exist. We are working towards taking control over our housing, education and work through setting up housing and worker co-ops, and co-operating as a network. Through gaining collective control over these areas we aim to reduce reliance on exploitative structures and build secure bases from which to challenge the system and encourage others to do so."
Find out more at www.radicalroutes.org.uk