Waste pollution is one of the biggest and most urgent global challenges mankind faces today. This issue increases together with population growth, fast technological progress and is constantly reinforced by capitalism driven overproduction. Modern societies experience incredibly dangerous moment in history, with highest social inequality rates ever, escalation of various -isms, along with short-sighted populism that both harm democracy and endanger minority groups. Individual people and whole communities suffer social apathy considering themselves powerless and unable to take actions to influence ongoing global processes in line with their best interests and values.
This document describes a governance/economic model for self-sustaining, mission-oriented, distributed organizations.
It values pro-bono, care, and paid work with complementary metrics and dispenses rewards accordingly. The purpose is to extract people from the capitalist marketplace so they can use their unique talents to do fulfilling, socially and environmentally meaningful work. The document prototypes a governance model fit for digital labor as applied to an existing organization: the P2P translation collective Guerrilla Translation which is, in turn, embedded into a larger umbrella organization called the Guerrilla Media Collective. Guerrilla Translation serves as the practical example to illustrate the model. The Guerrilla Media Collective is a pilot project for Distributed Cooperative Organizations or DisCOs.
The DisCO Manifesto is a deep dive into the world of Distributed Cooperative Organizations. Over its 80 colorful pages, you will read about how DisCOs are a P2P/Commons, cooperative and Feminist Economic alternative to Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (or DAOs). The DisCO Manifesto also includes some background on topics like blockchain, AI, the commons, feminism, cooperatives, cyberpunk, and more.
This IoO project explores and documents efforts to form free, open source alternatives to corporate cloud infrastructures, especially through cooperative business models.
For over thirty years, we’ve been finding, fueling and creating the most impactful and scalable solutions to lift families out of poverty in New York City. We partner with over 250 nonprofits to support food, housing, education, legal services, workforce development, and more to New Yorkers living in poverty across all five boroughs.
OUR BOARD COVERS 100% OF ALL OVERHEAD SO EVERY DOLLAR YOU DONATE GOES TO HELP NEW YORKERS IN NEED.
Start.coop accelerates the growth and development of the next generation of
co-operative entrepreneurs with the knowledge, tools, and financing necessary to build businesses that share prosperity among the many, not just the few.
Platform Co-op Community Hangout: Ela Kagel on Emerging Platform Co-ops in Berlin (November 7, 2018):
Ela Kagel joined us for our first Community Hangout to talk about Technology, Money, and Society. Along with giving us an update on her work with Rchain (https://www.rchain.coop)
, she led a fantastic conversation with our community members.
Ela is a co-founder of SUPERMARKT (https://supermarkt-berlin.net/en/)
, a coworking space & research studio with a focus on digital culture, social innovation and collaborative economy in Berlin.
Indie.vc is a program designed to fund and support founders on a path to profitability.
We believe deeply that there are hundreds, even thousands, of businesses that could be thriving, at scale, if they focused on revenue growth over raising another round of funding. On average, the companies we've backed have increased revenues over 100% in the first 12 months of the program and around 300% after 24 months post-investment.
We aim to be the last investment our founders need to take. We call this Permissionless Entrepreneurship.
Crowdfunding with financial return and sustainable impact. Your investment is the entrepreneur’s next step forward.
The WIR franc is a Swiss community currency which is circulated and backed by the WIR Bank, a Swiss banking cooperative headquartered in Basel.
It is the one of the most widely used community currencies in Switzerland. The WIR Bank circulates WIR francs primarily through the provision of affordable loans in WIR francs to small and mid-sized businesses, which then use these loans to make purchases from other businesses which accept WIR francs.
An experiment in free, co-operative higher educationThe Social Science Centre (SSC) organizes free higher education in Lincoln and is run by its members. The SSC is a co-operative and was formally constituted in May 2011 with help from the local Co-operative Development Agency. There is no fee for learning or teaching, but most members voluntarily contribute to the Centre either financially or with their time. No one at the Centre receives a salary and all contributions are used to run the SSC. When students leave the SSC they will receive an award at higher education level. This award will be recognized and validated by the scholars who make up the SSC, as well as by our associate external members – academics around the world who act as our expert reviewers The SSC has no formal connection with any higher education institution, but attempts to work closely with likeminded organizations in the city.
The co-op proved a turning point in solving these problems, many of my interview subjects told me. In addition to the creation of a high value-added greenhouse industry, the co-op has helped villagers who’ve left the village in search of work in the city, as well as those too old to farm to contract out their land use rights to those willing and able to farm it.
As the socio-economic and political crisis subsided, some scholars assumed that worker-recuperated enterprises would disappear, but this did not happen. The figure below shows that although the number of new worker-recuperated factories peaked in 2002, takeovers continued even as the economy improved and unemployment rates declined. Workers had a new socially-recognized tool, which they continued to deploy in new contexts. The expansion was also favored by unemployment rates that, although declining, remained significant (around 7% over the past few years) and political conditions (at least at a federal level) that were not adverse to these processes.
Grassroots Economics is a non-profit foundation that has been seeking to empower marginalized communities to take charge of their own livelihoods and economic future since 2010.
Webarchitects is a Sheffield based, small and friendly, multi-stakeholder co-operative which has been providing ethical and green, web hosting, virtual servers and GNU/Linux sysadmin support services for over 20 years.
See our server status page for the latest news regarding the status of our systems and please get in touch if you have any issues, questions or think we might be able to provide a service to you.
The MONDRAGON soundtrack is made up of eight pieces. Each of them calls to mind a moment in the past, present or future of the Group. All the pieces are composed by Fernando Velázquez, with lyrics by Jon Sarasua. Here you can enjoy both the music itself and the lyrics.
In a worker-owned cooperative, employees govern their business as a democracy. Each worker-owner has an equal stake and equal vote in the co-op. From a brewery to a home care agency, any business can adopt a cooperative structure for the benefit of its employees.
Worker co-ops view employees not as a commodity, but as citizens with the same rights and responsibilities. Recently hired employees and veteran managers alike receive an equal share of the co-op’s profits and losses. Worker cooperatives create stable, empowering jobs that benefit the workers and surrounding communities.
Cooperatives around the world generally operate according to the same core principles and values, adopted by the International Co-operative Alliance in 1995. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.
The Cleveland Model brings community economic development and the purchasing power of anchor institutions like hospitals and universities together into a single coordinated strategy to build democratized wealth and cooperative business ownership in low-income neighborhoods. Find out more about the model here.
Something important is happening in Cleveland. The Democracy Collaborative, in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, the City of Cleveland , and the city's major hospitals and universities—is helping to implement a new model of large-scale worker-owned and community-benefiting businesses. The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is beginning to build serious momentum in one of the cities most dramatically impacted by the nation's decaying economy.