Everywhere I go, I hear people and I see people who are disconnected from the dominant economic and social models that control their lives. I think you see this in the Occupy Wall Street / Occupy London / Occupy Everywhere movement, this idea that — this isn’t working for us. And it’s not isolated. It’s very widely felt.
We believe at the ICA that we’re in a moment now of history that is comparable to the time in history when ICA was founded in 1895, and at the turn of the century — the early 1900s — when the cooperative movement saw such growth. When the labor movement saw growth. When there was a recognition and a response to the Industrial Revolution that said, “This isn’t working for many people. We need another way of doing business.”
We believe we’re back again to those kinds of conditions, and that now is the time that our message is so important. Because a cooperative is a solution to many of these problems. We want to show that it’s a solution.
– The Chuck Gould interview with Jessica Reeder – see it here: http://shareable.net/blog/co-ops-are-big-business-charles-gould-interview