Sites de l’ESS en UK / sites of social economy in UK
follow these links - not all immediately local to us - but all grown out of a common desire for radical change..... enjoy the reading - and as you say you are
'an ordinary member of a hippie-prone, though still quite bourgeois, little community of free spirits'
please give us examples from your situation, we would love to learn more.
http://www.caepost.co.uk (note the dual language option - chose English!)
and the big one - started as a commune & now an international centre
(this is associated with a national organisation.... but it was created by the same type of people as all the others - and is supported by the same people now - having close association with CAT & other bodies)
BUT - all the above struggle to survive (textile traders is a private business and is probably secure) - Moelyci tells you why, CAT has just made a large number of people redundant and closed a shop in a local town (which had survived for at least 25 years), Cwm Harry Trust is being assisted to re-shape itself, by one of our Pathways members.
Further: all these agencies require considerable volunteer support - and could not survive without such input.