This is one of my projects and I am really hoping that the co-op community can support it; This is a treasured local bookstore that sells new and used books. The mutli-stakeholder model includes workers, two consumer classes (basic and low income), and organizational (not-for-profit and co-ops). Check it out. We are trying to do the entire conversion through member equity since the book store model may make traditional financing difficult Please share and join!! https://www.orcabooks.com/co-op #coop
@johnnymac Thanks for sharing this! I'll take a look at these later (when I'm not this tired). I've been with a publishing co-op for eight years, so this is relevant to my interests.
@johnnymac I'm part of a cooperative for an organic + regional produce store and (super)market. Such setups are not so unusual here in Germany, but the procedure to get legal recognition is complex and lengthy.
I would in principle welcome that for other stores too but it soon gets expensive being a member of multiple stores. I would love to see different types of shops have member cooperations to help strengthen local town centres. But I guess that's even more difficult to handle legally.
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.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here