Hey folks (signal boost appreciated): I'm working on a series of urban fantasy novels that will prominently feature solidarity economics (first one due to the publisher in September). Does anyone know of any co-ops open to giving access to their day to day operations for the sake of accurate storytelling? I really want to get the democratic practices and the mundane everyday stuff absolutely right. I think it is very important.
to give more context: I'm especially interested in any cooperative movie theaters (do any exist?), pubs, and printing presses, but I'm open to anything really. Also housing co-ops, intentional communities, and income sharing groups.
@cadwellsocialcoop the Randolph Playhouse movie theater in Randolph, Vermont is a co-op. Can’t speak to whether they would speak to you. Good luck.
@rickscully worth a try. thanks!
@cadwellsocialcoop Radix Media in Brooklyn NY is a cooperative printing press. I saw them on a local news program recently so they seem to be open to... being open! Also in Brooklyn are a few housing coops and the (in)famous Park Slope Food Coop. There is a coop/intentional housing Facebook group I could link you to if you want?
@amikigu please do! thank you for all these suggestions!
@cadwellsocialcoop You might look at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver. I'm not sure what their internal structure is, but they're indie/non-corporate, very community oriented, and "progressive" in every way I can think of. They do both films and live shows.
@cadwellsocialcoop Also this book sounds fascinating. Please let us know when and where we can buy it!
@cadwellsocialcoop Now I want to start an employee-owned movie theater. :/
@snarkmaiden I like popcorn. What if it were healthier? (My low sodium diet means I haven't had theater popcorn in ages.)
@CarlCravens popcorn doesn’t like me. |(￣3￣)|
I miss movie theaters.
@CarlCravens if you do I'd love to profile it :)
@cadwellsocialcoop Keep me in the loop on printers. A group of us are working on co-op-oriented non-fiction, so co-op-oriented fiction would be a natural fit. A capacity for doing very short runs would be helpful. I'll look into a local print shop that's not a co-op, but is proudly union.
How far along are you with your project? I've been testing the waters along with a few others on a co-op fiction anthology. Early stages. But during my book research I got connected to Radix Media, which does great work as a printing press and indie publisher.
@cadwellsocialcoop It's not really a project yet, it's just a nice idea. The Radix Media is a really interesting angle. I read over their website, and I'm about to do so again.
@cadwellsocialcoop @Matt_Noyes Assorted thoughts on publishing cooperatively... Probably the biggest reasons to do would be cross-publicizing, pooled resources (like printers), and shared administration. We'd have to have a discussion about licences. We'd also have to have a discussion about how to run a geographically distributed co-op. Would this work best as a platform co-op? What's the overarching theme, and what are the criteria for membership?
Another question is what about existing publishers - how would this relate to their efforts? Would it make sense to have a co-op or solidarity economy imprint or series (Social.Coop?) in partnership with an existing publisher (AK Press or such), and/or existing organization (GEO, REAS...)?
@Matt_Noyes @cadwellsocialcoop @GuerillaOntologist Being an imprint of, let's say, GEO, would save us the step of incorporating. I'm in favor if GEO is. My current translations are already a collaboration with them, if a rather informal one. But there would still be a range of questions to answer. If there's interest, we can look at them.
this sounds really exciting! For me, too, since I've been thinking of forming a fiction cooperative for a while now. Incorporating is also an issue on my end (limited knowledge) and linking up with an existing org seems smart. The problem is that GEO is non-profit and I'm unsure how for-profit books would fit into their current structure. Again, limited knowledge here.
I've been trying to get a group of people together to do larger projects too (shorts, podcasts, films, series, shared-world fic, anthologies, etc.) and if I could find a way to fit that into GEO and projects like yours, I think it would be a great opportunity to share resources across projects, organize projects in parallel, etc. I've actually written about this on GEO: http://www.geo.coop/story/models-our-media
@cadwellsocialcoop @Matt_Noyes @GuerillaOntologist I'm comfortable with incorporating. I started one worker co-op and now have a job developing more. In fact, I see that as the easy part. But, between GEO and my co-op (which is "for-profit, but not about-profit"), maybe we don't need to incorporate another organization. We already have a long-standing semiformal relationship to build on, and I have an ongoing series of translations I've done under the name of The Common Understanding Project.
I'm willing to tell you about the less-than-utopian commune I've been part of for the last 15 years.
@eladhen yes please if you got the time. that would be immensely helpful!
@cadwellsocialcoop no idea but good luck and I'm extremely keen to read this book when it's available!
Check with firestorm books in Asheville. I'm sure someone there wants to talk to you.
@ajroach42 thank you, I'll check them out!
@cadwellsocialcoop Have you looked at Bluestockings, the volunteer-run Manhattan NYC bookstore? http://bluestockings.com/about/our-structure/ Be sure to look around the site too at other radical organizations they partner with/know about/recommend to others in NYC and elsewhere. Don't have the time/spoons to do more research but that should be a place to start!
@cadwellsocialcoop comrade cycles & the recyclery (both in chicago) might be worth taking a look at n talking to?
@cadwellsocialcoop I don't have any resources to point you at, but I can signal boost and now I'm following you here so I can get this book when it comes out because that sounds *amazing*! :)
@cadwellsocialcoop Here is some fluff to include!!! Come by and hang with me and Chris sometime for a peek into Agaric day to day.
@FreeScholar I'd love to take you up on that. Got any time today??
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