John Restakis

Humanizing the Economy

John Restakis

Humanizing the Economy

John Restakis

John Restakis was past Executive Director of the BC Co-operative Association in Vancouver, a position he held since 1998. His professional background includes community organizing, adult and popular education, and co-op development.

In addition to his role within the co-op movement of BC, he does consulting work on international co-op development projects, researches and teaches on co-operative economies and the social economy, and lectures widely on the subject of globalization, regional development and alternative economics.

John Restakis

John Restakis is the author of Humanizing the Economy that explores the ways in which co-operatives are transforming lives and communities the world over by creating models for economic and social development that can offer a more equitable, just, and humane future. With over 800 million members in 85 countries and a long history linking economic to social values, the co-operative movement is the most powerful grassroots movement in the world. Its future as an alternative to corporate capitalism is explored through a wide range of real-world examples including:

* Emilia Romagna's co-operative economy in Northern Italy

* Argentina's recovered factory movement

* Japan's consumer and health co-operatives

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