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If you value your privacy you should stop using Gmail

Have you ever considered how much information Google harvests about you? Google creates ‘shadow profiles’ of every user by tracking, recording and analysing: Every email you send or receive via Gmail Every search you perform on Google search Every video you watch on YouTube Everywhere you go, the route you took and how long you …

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DecentGov

Decent Gov Now

By definition our government should be decent. But it is not. Being decent requires ‘conforming with generally accepted standards of respectable or moral behaviour’ or performing to ‘an acceptable standard’. But, according to MORI’s Trends showing satisfaction with the government from 1997 to the present it is hard to find a single occasion in the …

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OPEN 2018 podcast – When communities of practice meet the collaborative economy

Below is a recording of a session from the OPEN 2018 conference about “When communities of practice meet the collaborative economy” featuring Dr Laura James, Mark Walton, Kate Swade, and Wouter Tebbens, presented by the inimitable Bernie from OuishareRadio. In this session on the second day of OPEN 2018, we ran a Q&A panel on strategies …

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Working Together – 8 innovations for coops and unions

There are now 7.1 million precarious workers in the UK. That is more than 20% of the UK workforce and the number is growing fast. Precarious workers now outnumber the 5.8 million members in trade unions (mostly in the declining public sector). A new report ‘Working Together: Trade Union and Co-operative Innovations for Precarious Work’ …

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Who are the new Co-op weavers?

There’s something exciting happening in the world of co-ops which harks back to the very beginning of the movement. Although Rochdale is normally credited as the “birthplace of cooperation” records show that in 1761, sixteen weavers in Ayrshire set up “The Society of Weavers in Finnick”, arguably the first co-operative organisation of the industrial age. …

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