It's not perfect, but it's reasonably fair. We're planning to apply a number of patches throughout 2020; including one which more broadly opens up consumer membership.
Building accountability into startups and avoiding user-serving companies becoming zombies to investors. Strategies:
* user buyout: a trust or co-ops buys all shares on behalf of users. User representation and/or shared profits. #NIO gave shares to user trust.
* federation: #VISA as cooperative of user businesses. Voluntary (#ActivityPub etc.) or through AntiTrust action.
* tokenization: ownership is traded as crypto-tokens, under company control, or permisionless.
Super exciting to see the #Coops movement growing!
The popularity of Wikipedia article about #workercoops seems to be going up a lot - last month was by far the best month since records began!
work / business
By far the worst part of freelancing is having to cosplay as a "business guy"
uspol, email, monopoly
When so many people use Gmail as their primary email, it's a bit concerning that different candidates' newsletters get classified very differently and nobody really knows why yet
Coinbase "Free OXT" link
Coinbase friends: You can get a quick $12 by watching 3 videos about the new token Orchid / OXT: https://coinbase.com/earn/oxt/invite/ng5w04pd (full disclosure this gets me $10 in OXT)
It's, basically, a pay-as-you-go VPN that's funded by an Ethereum smart contract. Pretty clever but their iOS app is still in beta (available on TestFlight). I'm curious what the experience is like having been on NordVPN for the past few months.
The GEO newsletter is late getting out today, but it's finally done!
> Consensus decision-making means this fits small groups well.
This seems to be a common assumption, but with good facilitation, I've seen consensus process can be used effectively with live meeting of hundreds of people. When online tools like #Loomio are used, allowing people to participate when they have time, it can also work with large organizations.
@funwhilelost are you familiar with #SavingsPools?:
In #Aotearoa savings pools have helped people clear interest-bearing debt, including in some cases paying off mortgates. We use P2P relationships between many smaller pools to raise the savings necessary for larger loans. In one case our pool funded publication of a kid's book written by a member. In principle, savings pools could lend startup and expansion funds to coops.
#Loomio 2.0 is being beta tested. I've only just started playing around but I'd told the final release will includes a number of #UX improvements, including a more mobile-friendly UI and a containerized mobile app. If you have a Loomio account, join the fun!
It's a bit rough around the edges, there's still a lot of work to be done before it's ready to become the default UI. But so far, it's looking like a big step forward from 1.0.