William King (1786-1865) was a doctor in Brighton who saw education as the central reforming agency in society. Between 1828 and 1830 King wrote and edited The Co-operator, a small monthly magazine in which he encouraged working people to start co-operatives. In this magazine, he emphasised the importance of co-operative education for members and children. He advised the poor on how to conduct their business and manage their affairs by introducing practices such as good management, cash trading, accurate book keeping, publicity and democratic administration. King was strongly influenced by Robert Owen and this can be seen throughout many of the earlier magazines in which he sought to summarise many ‘Owenite’ doctrines.
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