AltGen ‘supports 18-25 year old’s to set up worker co-operatives as a collaborative and empowering solution to youth unemployment.’ Their facebook page is a goldmine for blogs, interviews and posts challenging the way we are all accustomed to working. Maybe it’s not so much about seeing where you fit in in the system we have, but about changing the system so it works for all of us. In case you’re not sure, a co-operative is ‘a specific form of social enterprise where workers own the business, profit is distributed fairly and all members make decisions democratically.’ The best ideas happen and come to fruition when you work with other people and all play to your strengths.
They also have a section on their website called Whats Out There which is a wonderful list of 10 examples where worker, food and housing cooperatives are working successfully in the UK and abroad. And, best of all, they have a link to a Seeds of Change pdf, which shows you how to set up your very own cooperative, to make your project happen.