GEO just published an article I wrote about cooperative market plazas in Colombia!

I wrot this article with a co-op audience in mind, so there are a lot of interesting details about how co-ops are structured in Colombia and how they do governance.

geo.coop/story/were-our-own-bo

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I will be standing in the next S-Group elections in 2020, gonna come up with ideas who the giant could support and open source.

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I would love to see the emergence of "pirate" journals, who #PeerReview and publish secret research, provided by whistleblowers working for corporations. All that research that companies don't publishing because it's not flattering to their products or their image, as #DrBenGoldacre talks about.
badscience.net/2013/06/2950/

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Cooperatives can focus on long term strategy instead of maximizing quarterly returns for shareholders.
Also, the profits are more likely to be invested in the business instead of going to shareholders. This is why they have a higher survival rate than other companies.

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@LeoSammallahti When I was interning at a tech start-up there was a guy who probably worked 50 hour weeks because he always stayed late and took his lunch at his desk. I asked my friend why he spent so much time there and she was like “well we all have stock in the company, so a better product means we get paid more”. I’d never thought about that before then

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Often the right wing will say that socialism doesn't work because people don't take care of property if its not owned by them but by the state.

movement turns this argument against them: with the same logic workers work harder in companies that are owned by workers. Empirical evidence backs this up.

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are a reliable to friend to small businesses, especially during hard times.

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Almost all FairTrade coffee come from . Stories like this is why.

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Hi friends, I have been hesitant to post this, but it seems important if only as a step in the development of mutual support networks for writing and translating. I am translating 's book and have an account on LiberaPay where I am seeking financial support for my work. Chapter 3 is ready to be published and I am working on Chapter 4 now, about labor and work.

liberapay.com/MNoyes/

I'm starting a monthly video call, discussing tech, politics, the commons, enclosure, progress, regress, etc.

It's called Phantasms of Decentralisation, after a panel I was on in Berlin earlier this month.

The first one will be Saturday the 23rd March at 7pm UK time, 2pm EST for an hour.

Let me know if you'd like to attend, either to talk or just listen

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Natural monopolies should be owned by the people who use them.

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social.coop is a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]