Co-Working

In "the success of small businesses depends on how well they play together" Adrian Aston extols the virtues of co-working or close cooperation and collaboration by small businesses. The short article means small as in solo practitioners and tiny two and three person shops. There's a reference to "your coffee shop office" either in the piece or one of the links directly from the piece.

This is, obviously, good advice. He is advocating working with the people in your community. Your neighbors. Your customers, perhaps. And this, too, is good advice.

The Solidarity Economy flourishes when we cooperate. It especially flourishes when one group of cooperators reaches out and cooperates with other groups of cooperators. The larger the local cooperative network (federation, syndicate), the stronger the bonds in the community. This means more resilience becomes with cooperation comes trust and willingness to be flexible and helpful.

The mechanistic Capitalist world is fragile by design. Its governance is such that there are always predators available to pick over the carcass of an enterprise stricken by the slightest pot-hole. Flexibility and helpfulness are not fesponsible fiduciary actions in the best interests of "my" shareholders/owners so "as much as I'd like to help ...". Many transactions are entered into in Capitalist "markets" where the more powerful player (Capital) expects the other player to fail and expects to profit from the failure. Such behaviors are not tolerated among cooperators Cooperation does not necessarily villify competition but relegates it to a lower priority.

Solidarity is constructive for the public good compared to systems focused on the private good.

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