Tomorrow I'll be speaking at the Mutuo annual Mutuals Forum, which will see the launch of the 2011 Mutuals Yearbook (available for download). I've written a short introduction, trying to ram home the political significance of this sector in the current economic climate, arguing the following:
The current economic and political imperative is to promote ways of organising finance, risk, public service and enterprise, that are both dynamic and responsible at the same time. For a while, ‘social enterprise’ appeared to offer a third way, between state and market; today, we’re told that it is the ‘Big Society’. Regulators and policy-makers are seeking principles via which to distinguish the ‘socially useful’ parts of the private sector, from those which seek only to inflate private earnings as fast as possible. Mutualism adds much-needed clarity to all of this, by offering well understood, viable organisational structures, that are entirely alien to both Whitehall and the deal-makers in the City.
On the same topic, I'll be speaking at the ippr on 2nd November, at an event 'Corporate Governance Reform: Can alternatives to share holder capitalism drive growth in a new era economy?'. The other speakers are all much more famous than me, so either I'm going up in the world, or they're going down. It's very hard to tell in the current economic climate.