I did it! Finally managed to push out first draft. Celebrating by donating blood... https://social.coop/media/z1EBHaKP1hdLo3hRG88
Hi everyone! @mattcropp told me about social.coop. I am part of Polis — https://blog.polis.global/introducing-polis. We are working on building tools and social methods to create high participatory organizations that go after innovative and large positive impact projects using a cooperative model. I am here to learn and share about the legal forms and ways to fund these projects and share anything else that we are learning. Looking forward to participate in the discussions! #introduction #peopleandplanetoverprofit
I provide tea & a light snack, you bring your broken things! We have equipment & scrap bins for textiles, metal, electronics, and bicycles.
In Maple Leaf near bus routes 522, 73, 67; covered secure bike parking. Space requires a few stairs to access & there's a cat.
DM for address / other info.
I'm aiming for 1st & 3rd Wednesdays with these thru the winter, so keep an eye open for future announcements!
Listening for the third time to the amazing speech of @aral at the EU Parliament, this time looking at a better video which contains also his slides:
At minute 12:20 he rocks and says:
"You are acting as an unpaid Research and Development department for silicon valley. Because if a startup here succeeds, it gets bought by Google or Facebook. If it fails, we pick up the bill."
This is some of the best economic modeling I've seen, period, so obviously it's NOT being done by economists 🤔
tl;dr Even in idealized conditions where everyone starts out on equal footing, and all transactions are fair, market economies will inevitably tend towards highly unequal wealth distribution (i.e. oligarchy), simply due to quirks of statistics. If anyone paid attention, this would be the end of all talk of "meritocracy".
So happy to be here! Here's my #introduction: I'm a lifelong social justice activist and Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs from the UK, currently involved in several initiatives that are transitioning into co-ops. I'm becoming very enthusiastic about co-ops and worker-ownership models as a way of democratising the economy and keen to meet like-minded people, exchange ideas, and help contribute to the movement! I'm also a big fan of decentralised social networks!
Social.Coop members and other Mastodontists! We are having an informal debrief zoom chat on the recent Platform Cooperativism conference at the New School in NYC, with @LeoSammallahti @mattcropp @michaelafisher and other Social.Cooperators who participated. All are welcome to join. Details forthcoming. For now, please RSVP on Loomio:
Friends here in Tokyo are in the process of starting a media co-op. We are currently brainstorming a multi-stakeholder model that includes the following member classes: journalists, readers, organizations/special interest/unions, worker (editorial staff). This comes from a need identified by several journalists that there are no mainstream outlets for labour and minority issues related stories.
A few asks:
1) any successful examples?
2) ideas of where to file legal incorporation docs?
Tech WG Update and Vote Show more
With an eye towards getting the Tech Working group on firmer footing (including more regular updates), there is a proposal in the Tech WG to appoint @nicksellen and @wu_lee, who've been carrying much of the volunteer work, as "Co-Tech Leads" for a 6 month period, at which point a status review will be done.
If you're in the Tech WG, feel free to weigh in. If the proposal passes, as it has budget impacts, it will go to a vote of the full membership for ratification.
Hope it is livestreamed.
Just registered for the USWC webinar on Co-op Farms:
It's by donation (and free is an option)
Looks interesting :)
Little #coop win of the day:
To secure the space for the #btv co-op brewery project that has been in the works for ~5 years, a group is forming a real estate co-op to buy the commercial condo that we'd like the co-op brewery to end up in.
We've set the minimum investment for the REC at $1k, and want the (future tenant) brewing co-op to be a members, but it's currently tight on cash, so we put the word out for new members & added equity from current members.
Raised the minimum $ needed today!
A post-capitalist politics Show more
5 pages in to the first chapter and such gems...
“We are trying to build a politics... that acts in the moment, not to create something in the future but to build in the present... by dissolving any notion that we have answers, plans or strategies that are watertight or universal...” - John Jordan
“The embrace of local power doesn’t have to mean ...withdrawal or intolerance, only a coherent foundation from which to navigate the larger world” -Solnit
We just posted a great interview with Tribe Co-create, a "co-creating space for Black and Brown small business owners, creatives and doers who are from, live in, or love the Bronx. Started by Queer Black/ Afro-Latinx womxn, TRIBE was created as a space for Bronx folx to create together, build community and care for themselves and others."
This week - I will be hosting a Town Hall at the Platform Cooperativism event at the New School in NYC 11/7-11/9 Learn all about the Platform Cooperative movement! http://bit.ly/2WKQrIo
Wow, Sister Mary Baird’s “Village Wiring Vision” is my new favorite picture of anything. http://aire-nc.org/2019/10/31/village-wiring-vision-every-place-needs-one/
Been editing Wikipedia articles about coops for the last 2 years.
Noticed there's a Cooperatives wikipedia project with 38 participants.
I would like to start a fund (perhaps inside Social Coop) that people could donate to that would be distributed to people improving Wikipedia coop content.
Could we combine the Social Coop reading group with a Wikipedia writing group? Create Wikipedia portal for coops?
Anyone interested in getting involved?
Of interest for those looking for more responsible retirement investing:
"The Next Egg creates resources, builds communities, and shares tools necessary so that millions of us can move our retirement savings out of Wall Street and into our local communities. These tools include self-directed IRAs, solo 401(k)s, and employee-directed 401(k)s. [...] If we succeed, we will see trillions flow into our communities and out of the global corporations."
Passionate about cultivating relationship centered systems. Studying governance in agricultural co-operatives. she/her
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.
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