Just started thinking about cooperatives I'd like to start or have already tried to start IRL and it made me very sad. I've tried…
Outdoor gear share
With 0 success. I think the problem with community run organizations is that you have to already have a community, or have some way of reaching a large audience in your local area. How do you actually find people?
On the plus side, various platform/online-only co-ops I've tried to start are chugging along at the impossibly slow pace of most co-ops I've ever been a member of, so maybe one day they'll actually be functional. Just to continue the list, those are:
Tech freelancing / consulting
Various cooperative software projects
@sam People who start co-ops are “community people” who see a shared unmet need and maybe a business-based solution organize around meeting it. Mostly on a volunteer basis. People who organize “regular” platform businesses are friggin barracudas with very specialized management and/or technical skills who will just short of kill to meet their financial goals.
@beckett by platform I mean platform co-ops like social.coop, but yah, I'm with you in general. Sadly, I apparently have no idea how to do either.
@sam There is a reason new stuff often starts in cities. Density really helps finding a critical mass of an initially obscure idea.
Maybe that can change now with social media and the like. But if the coop idea is for a physical location, it will probably require first building a large local/regional network. Or find a digital coop idea.
On the plus side, co-ops are not just slow to start. (They have so many relationships to spell-out in contracts). They are also more conservative with financial risk, and less likely to fold in a crisis. For example, see reports on credit unions weathering the 2008 stock-market collapse. @sam #coop #finance
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