an interesting discussion today about the failure of a union-coop car wash in LA. The success of converting from an "employee" mindset to that of a "worker-owner" involves more than signing incorporation papers. The support of a functional network of peers and developers along with the ideological engagement of the workers is essential, but not always present or automatic.
#coops #unioncoops #conversion
This quarter, NWCDC, my workplace, has been very fortunate to have five students working with us on a number of projects. One of them has been blogging as part of his coursework and his insights (including discussion about platform co-ops and social media) are available to anyone interested (I double-checked with him before posting this). Check out: https://outgrowingcapitalism.wordpress.com/ #coop #platformcoop #p2p
The Rural Cooperator has an article about using co-ops to provide broadband internet access to upstate NY https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CoopMagJanFeb2018.pdf #coop #broadband
I participated in a webinar yesterday about Modo car sharing based in Vancouver. The big hook for this consumer co-op is that they have developed their own software to managed the car sharing service (600 cars). They allow start-ups (under 5 cars) to use the software at no cost and then charge a maintenance fee (to cover the cost of development) for larger carsharing co-ops. You can listen to the webinar with a registration at https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/8295040464200800257?assets=true #carshare #softwaredevelopment #coops
Great resource on anti/post-capitalist & solidarity economy events coming up this year (via Richard Bartlett on #Scuttlebutt):
In addition to the winter solstice, today is the 173rd anniversary of the first day of operation for the Rochdale Society of Pioneers. They had barely £20 of goods to sell. and were mocked by a crowd that had gathered on Toad Lane. When they discovered that they power company would not provide service (due to pressure from competing merchants), they used candles out of their inventory for light--a befitting action for the winter solstice. #rochdale #coop #solsticestories
"Intellectual property". The enclosure of ideas built upon the commons of all prior thought. What a ridiculous concept.
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as a newcomer, here are mine:
Last week's home care co-op was a wonderful experience. It also offered some practical difficulties of building "scale" in the co-op model. Mao would have seen these difficulties as non-antagonistic contradictions. The difference in perspective from urban vs. rural and poor vs. wealthy communities were profound. Co-ops are a reflection of their local culture and the lived experiences of their members making replication difficult. #thoughtfortheday
I am off the the 2nd annual national Home Care co-op conference in beautiful Sterling, VA. My main function will be to facilitate a lunch discussion about management in worker co-ops.
by way of introduction, I spent 26 years as a worker-owner at Union Cab of Madison and now help others create and improve their co-ops. I am involved with Sociocracy for All and am a founding member of the US Federation of Worker Co-ops and Democracy at Work Network (the worker co-op folks, not the academic circle). i have barely active blog on worker co-ops at http://www.cooperativeconsult.com
The co-op world can be very frustrating at times especially when running across people who really only see co-ops as a means to feel good about themselves being tyrants.