@emily @mayel @tbeckett @ntnsndr one other thing this makes me think about is the timing of recruitment vs. infrastructure building. We used the #buytwitter vote as our initial "deadline" to hack together something workable, and since then user growth has been informal network/word of mouth for the most part.
A key question is whether to hold off on recruitment until we get more org infra built up, or if there are #coop communities we should invite into that work now(ish).
And yes I am aware of the quest to #BuyTwitter
To which I say, "good luck, but I'm not gonna be your Sancho Panza."
Many #buytwitter supporters have different motivations, but my thinking is of the campaign as a #dualpower strategy. Raise awareness with a reformist campaign & offer an alternative to people who see their reform hopes frustrated.
This article misses the connection around the emergence of the #socialcoop #instance out of the #buytwitter campaign, but is otherwise a solid look into the rise of user-owned #socialmedia: http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Done-with-Facebook-Twitter-User-owned-social-11226613.php
Got close to 5% of the vote last month for our shareholder resolution calling on #twitter to do a feasibility study on options for converting to user ownership. @ntnsndr's article in the Guardian back in the fall really kicked the campaign into high gear. #birbsite #platformcoop
Tweet for boosting: https://twitter.com/coopwatercooler/status/868902508453867521
Over the course of the past few months I've become a #Loomio true believer.
I'd tried the platform in the past, and had found the single voting tool (#consensus) to be too limiting to be useful for most of my projects.
I returned to it via #buytwitter, and right around that time a bunch of new voting tools were added and it's utility increased an order of magnitude. I'm now active in 7 projects on the platform, and now see it as essential for participatory online organizing. https://loomio.org/
@samtoland Yes! I was debriefing with Danny Spitzberg afterwards on the phone, and my point to him was that the mobilization of the #coop movement institutions in support of #buytwitter in the final days of the campaign was the initiative's biggest accomplishment.
They tend to be naturally institutionally conservative, so it took a nudge to get them thinking in this directions, but now they are starting to get the #platformcoop vision, and might start seriously supporting it now... :)
I'm just boosting this image from the ICA re: #buytwitter
While the #platformcoop movement has a long way to go yet - I felt like this was a key moment. I truly believe that without support from across the co-op movement no significant projects will get past proof of concept stage.
We need co-op alternatives to VC financing.
Most of the experience in the #coop conversion world is with privately held companies as an alternative to going public or sale to PE, so the strategy would look quite different than #BuyTwitter, but I do think trying to divert private tech co.s from #IPO is a strategically rich opportunity.