Category: ‘Short Articles’

Doncaster Councillor Kevin Rodgers argues for FairShares

In this article, Doncaster Councillor Kevin Rodgers argues for the use of FairShares to protect community assets and prevent their wholesale sell-off to unaccountable private companies. The familiar refrain over the past four years about local government finances is that Councils face the toughest financial settlement in a decade/lifetime/generation with the word ‘unprecedented’ bandied around […] Read more

Jul, 07, 2014

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The Case for FairShares

In this article, FairShares Association co-founder Rory Ridley-Duff outlines the continuing case for social and economic reform to support a FairShares Model of enterprise. FairShares brand principles change the way that investment activity is understood to ensure that capital is allocated for entrepreneurial, labour and user activities as well as financial contributions.  The result is […] Read more

Mar, 21, 2014

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Do we need hierarchies in our social enterprises?

Do we really need hierarchies? I see so many voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises and Charities structured in a way that reminds me more of Dickensian time. The formula of members, Trustees/Board employing workers delivering to clients/beneficiaries is still the norm But are these structures the most effective way of delivering the best governance, creating […] Read more

Jan, 28, 2014

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Looking back and forwards in 2013

(First published 31/12/2013) With 2013 drawing to a close, it is timely to look back at the first year of the FairShares Association.  The new organisation was launched by six founders at the Co-operatives Yorkshire and Humber AGM in Leeds, West Yorkshire. We held our first supporters meeting on 18th May at Sheffield Hallam University. […] Read more

Jan, 12, 2014

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Petition to defend the co-operative bank against the loss of member-control

(First published 29/10/2013) The FairShares Association has launched a petition to defend the Co-operative Bank against the loss of member-control. With a history dating back to 1844, the Cooperative Group is under threat from US hedge funds because its banking subsidiary – The Co-operative Bank – has been forced to plug a £1.5 billion ‘shortfall’ […] Read more

Jan, 11, 2014

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Morgan Killick: Owners, Drivers and the FairShares Model

(First published 28/2/2013) I’ve always been fascinated by Political Economy, to the extent that I did a Masters Degree in it at Sheffield University. I came away from that experience wanting to challenge the bi-polar conception of the economy that underpins so many of our preconceptions of how the world is run (i.e. the model […] Read more

Jan, 11, 2014

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A Cracker of a Model

(First published 1/2/2013) The keynote speakers at yesterday’s Co-operatives Yorkshire & Humber AGM sounded notes of both caution and optimism about the next stage of co-op development.    The caution related to Co-operative Councils and the use (perhaps abuse) of the term ‘co-operative’ to help them through the current programme of austerity.  This was tempered by news […] Read more

Jan, 11, 2014

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Using SurveyMonkey to Democratise Governance

(First published 30/1/2013) At the heart of the FairShares Model are three social entrepreneurial challenges: ethical trading; social purpose; and democratic control.  In this blog, I’m going to talk about the challenge presented by the third of these – democratic control. The founder members of the FairShares Association were faced with a number of decisions […] Read more

Jan, 11, 2014

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Launching the FairShares Association

(First published 27/1/2013) This weekend has been taken up with testing this website in preparation for the Co-operatives and Humber Annual General Meeting in Leeds next week.  At the CYH AGM, we’ll be running a workshop on FairShares in which we will start to invite applications for membership.   It has been fun testing the […] Read more

Jan, 11, 2014

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