STIR started as an online magazine and has now launched as a quarterly print magazine that features articles and interviews on the international co-operative movement, the emergence of the commons and collaborative networks, and other community-orientated alternatives in technology, agriculture, food, sports, energy, education and other important aspects of our lives.
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In 2012 we published a crowdfunded book of alternatives, raising over £5000 from 135 crowdfunders. STIR Vol.1 involved over 160 people who edited, designed, authored, illustrated and funded the collection of articles and interviews.
What people think about STIR:
“STIR has now become a print-based magazine, which is a sign of its success in reaching more people. STIR is one of the few magazines that captures the emerging sensibilities of commoners and commons activism, so it is well worth your support.” — David Bollier
“Most publications with a purpose are shaped by the moment in which they were first dreamed up: in this case, I’d say, the moment of Transition Towns and Occupy.” — Dougald Hine
“Alongside New Internationalist, STIR is turning into the closest thing we have to a radical co-operativist magazine in the UK.” — Sion Whellans, Calvert Print Co-operative
“It fills a gap for me between activist news of Red Pepper and rich analyses of the New Left Review and I really appreciate the activist oriented essays.” — Dr.Malcolm Maclean, University of Gloucester
Editor’s Note in Summer Issue – Print Issue.2 (click cover to purchase)
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In this Summer issue we look at the alternatives taking place beyond the market and the state: The emergence of self-provisioning in food, finance and technology that has come from a new impatience but also, and more importantly, a new confidence in our ability to confront today’s challenges.
I interview environmentalist George Monbiot and he speaks about his vision for rewilding Britain and how successive rounds of enclosure prevent us from thinking of the land as ours. He also argues that we’ve only ever been given the false choice of private or state ownership, and puts forward the commons as paradigm for looking after our shared resources (p.16). Dougald Hine goes further by arguing that our understanding of the commons should not be as “a pool of resources to be managed, but an alternative to seeing the world as made of resources” and presents the historical challenges for a movement that might identify itself with this new political name: The Commons (p.8).
Long-time commoner David Bollier reports on the recent attempt by the EU attempt to enclosure the seed commons through the guise of regulating plant material (p.12), and cartoonist William Exley show us how to save our tomato seeds to share and swap with others (p.14). This month sees the arrival of the GrowUp Box — a converted shipping container — growing vegetables and fish in Central London! Starting small, this experiment in urban aquaponics has plans to scale-up as a commercially viable farm to show how aquaponics can begin to help the problem of feeding cities (p.22). The other side of this potential food crisis is explored by author Paul Kingsnorth through his new historical novel, The Wake, which looks at the collapse of our society after the Norman invasion and asks where are today’s resisters?
The last ten years has seen rent double and tuition fees triple for students studying in the UK. In response a group of students from Birmingham University have started what might be the UK’s first student housing co-operative by buying two houses to rent for students studying in the city (p.24). Filmmaker Ben Mann looks at how film can be an important part of social movements in exposing the problems and also looking at the alternatives (p.36), while illustrator David Kerr looks at the UK’s military land and imagines what it would look like if the Faselane submarine base was closed (p.32).
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Editor: Jonathan Gordon-Farleigh
Producer: Abby McFlynn
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