An article I wrote about how the Preston/Cleveland model could be used to support #platformcoops.
What are "lighthouse" institutions and why we need them in addition to anchor institutions? Read the article to know.
It's a commentary on a recent NESTA and Cooperatives UK report titled "Platform co-ops and the capital conundrum"
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.
#coopfact of the day!
Worker coops have their own procedures. I suppose pretty much the same as any other workplace, but with other workers having more say on who is hired.
With consumer coops like credit unions, theres less interaction with other members so having assholes is less of a problem.
But people who take care of their finances cannot basically be kicked out of consumer coops afaik, so in that sense theres no safeguards against assholes joining.
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.
#coopfact of the day!
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.
@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
#coopfact of the day!
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.
#workercoop 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.
Its well written, but in terms of being informative (which is what I enjoy most in books) it doesn't offer that much.
Although strongly Georgist myself thought it was bit boring. One of the strengths and weaknesses of Georgism is its simplicity.
Watching a lecture series or reading a book or two about the subject gives enough understanding to really get pretty much all there is to it.
This might be bit harsh and I might be exagerating but you probably know what I mean.
happy to announce that bits.coop has been awarded a 50k grant to work on https://peermaps.org/
'As it stands, the average human attention span is shorter than that of a goldfish. And that’s alarming.' https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/02/25/attention-engineering-why-we-suffer-in-the-social-media-economy/
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 #LuisRazeto 's book #SolidarityEconomyRoads 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.
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
Platform cooperative replacements that allow anyone from anywhere to join at anytime below:
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here