The Catalan Integral Cooperative: an organizational study of a post-capitalist cooperative
Here is our latest study, written by @georgedafermos and co-produced by the P2P Foundation and Robin Hood Coop. This is the first in depth field study and analysis of the Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC). The CIC is a multifaceted solidarity economic and social network seeking "Social transformation from below through self-management, self-organization and networking".
From the report:
> The Cooperativa Integral Catalana (CIC) is one of the most interesting cooperative projects which have sprung up during the age of crisis in Europe. First of all, it is notable on account of its revolutionary character: the main objective of the CIC is nothing less than to build an alternative economy in Catalonia capable of satisfying the needs of the local community more effectively than the existing system, thereby creating the conditions for the transition to a post-capitalist mode of organization of social and economic life.
> To fulfil the purpose it has set itself, the CIC is engaged in an impressive spectrum of activities: although it was formed just seven years ago, it has already been actively involved in developing infrastructures as diverse as barter markets, a network of common stores, an alternative currency called ‘eco’, a ‘Cooperative Social Fund’ for financing community projects and a ‘basic income programme’ for remunerating its members for their work. By setting up such structures, the CIC aspires to be an organizational platform for the development of a self-sufficient economy that is autonomous from the State and the capitalist market..
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