In the spirit of possibility, as much as prediction, here are five hopeful trends I see for 2014:
1. The emergence of ‘open co-operative’ models that blend the ideas of free (or libre) software, open knowledge and democratic social enterprise, for example in work for a new vision for the economy coming out of Ecuador.
3. The welcome reinvention of the Co-operative Group, the UK’s largest co-op, with a patient forward plan for renewal before its AGM in May 2014.
4. The spread of community share offers to save enterprises that people care about – a rooted and democratic form of community capitalism.
5. Co-operatives Act – due in the Summer of 2014, the result of our campaigning and Treasury backing, this will be the first consolidated act for co-operative societies for around fifty years, setting legislation for coops on a new clean, modern footing.
Best wishes to all involved in fostering a more ethical economy in 2014. Let’s work together wherever we can.