Stir to Action publishes STIR, a quarterly magazine on the new economy, runs workshop programmes, and supports Community Economic Development.

In a world crowded with opinions but often empty of hope, STIR magazine is essential reading. You won't find its combination of provocative theory and practical example anywhere else. I'm yet to finish an edition of STIR without changing the way I see the world.
—Anna Laycock, Finance Innovation Lab

Stir is fast becoming the house magazine of the cooperative commons movement. Each issue brings together serious and authoritative editorial on a wide range of UK and international subjects. It's a must-read.
—Sion Whellens, Calverts Co-operative

The best magazine on the commons out there.
—Michel Bauwens, P2P Foundation

What’s Happening at Stir to Action


To celebrate the launch of our winter issue Power we partnered with Impact Hub Brixton to host a panel featuring the Runnymede Trust, Edge Fund, The Voice of Domestic Workers, and United Voices of the World Union, asking “can current projects that aim to work as alternatives to neoliberalism also work for racial justice? And how can we mitigate the racialised impact of precarious work through the way we organise?”

Our editor, Jonny Gordon-Farleigh, participated in Ripess Europe’s Social and Solidarity Economy media event outside of Paris, building networks with European media organisations. 


We were very pleased to welcome a new member to our team, Adam Rich, who started at Stir to Action after two years at the Bristol Pound. He’s supporting our work as a designer, videographer, and project coordinator!

Stir to Action launched three 16-week Enterprise Programmes as part of Unlocking the Next Economy: Churches and Community Enterprise in Bridport, Dorset, Exeter, Devon, and North Molton, Devon.

To support Dorset-based creatives, Stir to Action runs Funding Mix: Collaborative Finance and How to Plan, Create and Run a Crowdfunding Campaign workshops as part of Culture+. We also started to offer coaching support through Crowdfunder.co.uk.


Stir to Action, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, launch UnFound – a 8-week Platform Co-operative accelerator to support early-stage co-operatives using new technologies. The programme will feature masterclasses, mentoring, and a live crowdfunding event at Co-operative UK’s Annual Congress on 23rd June in London.

Teams from our Unlocking the Next Economy project will be meeting up for a study visit of Community Businesses in the South West of England, finding out about their governance, business model, and how they work with the local community.

We start planning our national conference Reimagining Churches: Conservation to Co-operation to explore the historic opportunity of repurposing an estimated 75,000 places of worship in the UK. It will be at St.Ethelburga’s, London, on 9th October 2018. Interested in joining us?


In the first week of May we’ll be launching a crowdfunding campaign to support a year-long programme of Stir to Action workshops and residentials in Bristol, Oxford, London, and the South West. You can book yourself a place, get a reward, or just show your support – we’ll be training around 1000 people!


Our pilot project Unlocking the Next Economy: Churches and Community Enterprise will be coming to a close. We’ll be writing a report of our experiences and generating resources for any communities or partners who would like to replicate the project.

We’ll be joining more than 400 people at Co-operative UK’s annual congress in London to host a live crowdfunding session to raise financial support for the teams from our UnFound accelerator.


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The Team

Jonny Gordon-Farleigh

Founder, Director & Editor

Is a director of Stir To Action and editor of Stir magazine, a quarterly publication promoting community-led social change. He is joint project coordinator of Unlocking the Next Economy: Churches and Community Enterprise, and also leading on a new technology accelerator with Co-ops UK.

He offers crowdfunding coaching through Crowdfunder UK and is available as a speaker for events.


Abby Gordon-Farleigh

Director & SubEditor

Is a director of Stir To Action, initially training as a magazine journalist, and once worked for Al Gore’s Current TV. She now works for Crowdfunder UK. 


Adam Rich

Director & Designer

Is coordinating Stir to Action’s upcoming conference, Reimagining Churches: from Conservation to Co-operation for autumn 2018. He also supports Unlocking the Next Economy and Stir To Action workshops.

Adam creates videos through Enfable and has worked with the Bristol Pound and Exeter Pound. He likes engaging folk with socially progressive goings on and making complex ideas simpler through creative design.

Maxwell Jeffery

Director & Designer

Is the lead designer of our quarterly publication, Stir magazine. He is also joint project coordinator of Unlocking the Next Economy: Churches and Community Enterprise, and manages our website.

Max is also director of Learn to lead, a community interest company supporting communities to work via co-production.


Ways to Get Involved

More than media

You can become a Friend of STIR for £40 a year. For this you receive a subscription, allowing us to print our quarterly magazine but also run workshops and short courses to build community resilience, and produce campaigns and events for the co-operative movement.

Get STIR magazine stocked at your local shop, university or library – and receive a special tote bag as a gift!

Run a magazine stall at a festival or book fair.

If you're interested or got an idea, contact editor@stirtoaction.com

Partner with us

We're always looking to collaborate with other organisations to make things happen, so send an email to editor@stirtoaction.com if you'd like to work with us on a project.