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STIR *1 Spring 2013

STIR *1 Spring 2013

A magazine about co-ops, community and commons.

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Our first issue features filmmaker and activist Leah Borromeo writing about her film Cotton: Dirty White Gold and why 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1995 — one every 30 minutes.  Fergus Walker of the Fife Diet — Europe’s largest local food movement — talks about how engineering and design (his People-Powered Flour Mill) can be used for social change, and organiser and lawyer Marina Sitrin explains how members of the Argentinean Recuperated Factories movement have recently supported Greek workers to transform their factories into cooperatives.

As a response to the global food waste scandal — with up to 20 million tonnes wasted in the UK every year — the Feeding the 5000 team explain how we can get involved in the Gleaning Network and join the ‘Arable Spring’. In an interview with journalist Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World, he talks about how the work of the Tax Justice Network undermines the argument for austerity and how tax avoidance is central to our global economy, while resistance to this offshore industry is captured in the efforts of the activists US Uncut in Karin Hayes’ film We’re Not Broke.

As the 10-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq passes we look at Peter Kennard’s shocking and unsettling photomontages from @earth and a founding member of Stop the War Coalition, Chris Nineham, argues the importance of taking to the streets to let our leaders know how we feel about war.

The magazine will also feature regular columns from climate campaigner John Stewart and from the social reporters of the Transition Network who will keep us updated with these movements.

We also have a recipe from The People’s Supermarket London and an open source beer recipe for you or your favourite brewer to try.

Every quarter we will be giving 10% of our magazine sales to a community-based project and this issue will be supporting the inspiring Brixton People’s Kitchen who create meals from food waste and sell them on a pay-what-you-can basis.  They are currently working on a building a mobile kitchen!



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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