When Pat was teaching on the Schumacher College course “Enterprising Futures: Exploring Enterprise Models for the 21st Century” he was asked to give a public lecture on monetary reform, co-sponsored by Earth Talk and Transition Towns UK. The college has just put it on YouTube
He is seeking to reposition co-operative finance on to its original foundations that sought ways to lend without interest, advocating no one single solution but the idea ‘there are plenty of alternative solutions’ – TAPAS. A creative coupling of different public banking and co-operative money models could reframe a new Fair Trade Banking infrastructure.
Pat is working to compile a report on an integrated Fair Trade Money and Banking system. This BALTA report for the Canadians should be published early next year.
Following the ‘Back to the Future’ conference at Letchworth Garden City last year, we have now compiled a Co-operatives UK report with many contributors.
The report is called Commons Sense, Co-operative place making and the capturing of land value for 21st century Garden Cities and it was launched in London last week at Coin Street with Shared Assets and New Start.
At the end of November in Wales Pat and Ed Mayo launched a report on ecological co-ops at local level – on enabling co-operative enterprises to grow in the green economy
Pat is currently working on a report on Social Co-operatives and the lessons from Italy for the UK. This will be finalised early in the new year with Co-operatives UK. But evidence has been gathered from interviews among Italian experts – some background information may be seen here.
Schumacher blurb: “Pat Conaty is a pioneer in the field of community economic development, and is the co-author of The Resilience Imperative. In his talk, he explores the potential for transition in the areas of food, housing, energy and finance, showing how a range of innovative mechanisms have been developed to create jobs, reduce household debt and make communities more resilient. Pat is a Fellow of the new economics foundation and a Research Associate of Co-ops UK. He has played a key role in the development of debt advice, social investment, community land trusts and renewable energy, at both a policy and a practical level.