STIR *5 Spring 2014

STIR *5 Spring 2014

A magazine about co-ops, community and commons. Titled "The Open Office"

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  • John Stewart’s Climate Column looks at the persuasiveness of the recent floods on UK climate policy
  • Helene Finidori’s Commons Column reports on how the FLOK Society is institutionalising the commons “through the front door” in Ecuador
  • Liam Barrington-Bush’s The Open Office looks at how organisations are open sourcing their operations and inviting the public in to participate
  • In an interview with Earth Lawyer Polly Higgins we talk about her work to have ecocide – the mass destruction of an ecosystem – recognised as an international crime
  • Justseeds Artists’ Co-op explain their co-operative model for making and selling politically meaningful and effective art for social movements
  •  Shareable writer Beth Buczynski looks around the thousands of self-organised events taking place during this year’s Sharing Spring
  • Is Sharing an Economy? Adam Parsons from Sharing the World’s Resources analyses recent criticisms of the sharing movement as venture capital begins to take an interest
  • Jack Paris’ Barxa tells the tragic story of the death of the Spanish countryside and the possibility for a rural renaissance
  • Jacob Stringer’s Lessons from Spain: The People vs The Banks reports on the success of Spain’s anti-eviction movement, Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca
  • Ivo Gormley, founder of GoodGym, reflects on the isolation of the modern gym and explains how you can be fit for purpose, connecting exercise with community action
  • Jay Tompt, co-ordinator of Totnes’ REconomy Project, revives the work of social theorist Manfred Max-Neef for an age of austerity and chronic unemployment
  • Academic Danijela Dolenec reviews commons activist David Bollier’s new Book, Think Like a Commoner
  • Festival organiser Daniel Hurring gives his take on festivals as pop-up utopias, micro-nations and testing grounds for new technologies and forms of communities

With beautiful original art from Jon BalenciagaClare Corfield-Carr, Daksheeta Pattni, Edd Baldry, German Gullon and Luke Carter


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.

We have opened our subscription service with GoCardless for the print edition and it’s £16 for four issues inc P&P and you can subscribe by clicking here. We are a reader-supported magazine (with no external funding) so please consider supporting our magazine with an annual subscription.

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


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