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Published online: June 2023

I was the revolution, once: Worker co‑operative formation, frustration and futurity at Blake House

Simon Ball

Vol 56 No. 1, pp. 35-39

How to cite this article: Ball, S. (2023). I was the revolution, once: Worker co-operative formation, frustration and futurity at Blake House. Journal of Co-operative Studies, 56(1), 35-39.


This short article gives an account of the creation and experience of setting up a worker co-operative in the film industry. In it, the author recounts the political, creative, and practical decisions behind his actions. He also reflects on the joys and frustrations of running a worker co-operative, especially the perils of self-exploitation. The article concludes with reflections on the future of worker co-operatives.



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