Working Together Project: Interview with Richard Waring by National Co-operative Archive published on 2018-08-07T13:01:29Z Interview recorded: 23/04/2018 Interviewee: Richard Waring Interviewer: Philippa Lewis Interview contains reference to drug use. Summary: [00:00:09] Richard talks about how Down To Earth was originally set up, and it’s move to Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield [00:03:11] Talks about bringing in new people and the connection with other wholefood workers co-operatives through the Federation of Northern Wholefoods Collectives. [00:05:57] Outlines reasoning for setting up as a workers co-operative. [00:07:09] Talks about visiting and learning from other workers’ co-operatives, and job rotation at Down to Earth. [00:10:37] Talks about decision making at Down to Earth. [00:12:05] Discusses why some workers co-operatives failed. [00:13:00] Talks about the development of Down to Earth, the politics of Down to Earth, recounts talks given by members of Down to Earth to local Women’s Guilds on workers co-operatives. [00:17:38] Talks about links with the community and other businesses on Sharrow Vale Road. [00:19:10] Talks about vegetarianism and the shop. [00:20:51] Talks about attempts at expansion in to Crookesmoor. [00:22:01] Discusses leaving Down to Earth to go to Drama School. [00:22:26] Mentions the later change of Down to Earth from a workers’ co-operative to a different business model. [00:24:49] Outlines opinions on workers’ co-operatives in general.