what kind of co-op is social.coop?
a consumer co-op?
a worker co-op?
a housing co-op?
@mattcropp @mayel really? I mean I definitely think housing cooperatives are a class unto their own, but more similar to worker co-ops because of the labor involved. like it's definitely not clear cut, eg buying food together is a super common type of a consumer co-op, but bathrooms don't clean themselves lol. at least in icc houses, all members agree to do 4-6 hours a week of labor, whether it's cooking, cleaning, gardening, officer labor, etc etc
@gc @mayel I think there's a spectrum with housing co-ops, between ones in which you are purchasing housing cooperatively and all the property services are hired by the co-op to one's that involve member work, but I think that mirrors the difference between a more professionalized food co-op and Park Slope, which uses a lot of member labor, but where the core economic relationship is as a consumer of food or housing.
@gc good question. Probably closest to a consumer coop as it’s composed of users coming together to purchase and democratically volunteer run a platform service.
@gc sometimes I get a bit annoyed at the 'standard' coop catagories and the way some 'introductions to coops' texts present them as the available options. Some #coops just dont fit, I dont think thats a problem. I think its generally agreed that as long as your following the principles youre a coop.
The common options consumer/worker co-op encodes at the core of the coop movement that economic relationships happen almost exclusively via market relationships which I think is problematic. 1/2
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