The Rules of the Game of Platform Cooperativism

Our colleague Guido Smorto who, among many other collaborations, gave a fascinating short talk at the Co-op/Commons convergence event we co-organised at the end of last year, has written this article about regulation issues in Platform Cooperativism. Originally published at the CCCBLab blog. Guido Smorto: “Platform cooperativism” has become the most successful term used in… Continue reading

A Better Co-op Democracy Without Elections?

Terry Bouricius, writing for Co-op Water Cooler questions the prevalence of elections in democratic worker ownership. Terry Bouricius: All large cooperative and membership organizations (nonprofits, worker-owned enterprises, etc.) that seek to govern themselves democratically face a perennial problem. How can an organization maintain member interest in matters of organizational governance year after year, and avoid… Continue reading

Daniel Wahl on Designing Regenerative Cultures for Resilience and Sustainability

http://empowerradio.net/podcasts/allthingsconnected_041217_danielwahl.mp3 This podcast conversation with our frequent contributor Daniel Wahl was originally posted in Empower Radio. From the notes to the podcast “Things have got to change!” How many times have you heard that phrase?  Well, the world and humanity are changing. As we awaken and become conscious citizens, how can we co-create innovative change,… Continue reading

Community Land Trusts in a Nutshell

Goofy but informative video about Community Land Trusts produced by CLT Associates. If you want a more in-depth look at their history and possibilities don’t miss our Community Land Trusts, Urban Land Reform and the Commons special report, authored by Pat Conaty and Mike Lewis. From the notes to the video CLTs (Community Land Trusts)… Continue reading

100 women who are co-creating the P2P society: Susana Martín Belmonte on de-commodification and abundance

As part of our series on the 100 Women Who Are Co-Creating the P2P Society, I interviewed Spanish economist Susana Martín Belmonte on her work on monetary reform, commons-oriented P2P systems and future economies. Susana, tell us about your background, how did you end up being an activist working on financial reform and P2P/Commons Dynamics? After becoming… Continue reading

Thoughts from Open 2017: Platform Cooperativism

A summary of last February’s Open 2017 conference, originally posted at Sharing is Caring: Platform cooperatives combine a technology platform with cooperative ownership. First described by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider, this approach appeals both to traditional coops looking to go digital, and startups trying to build a fairer world. For some, it’s a natural response to the co-option… Continue reading

Time to Use Uber’s Weapons — Against Uber

Uber, the controversial corporate employer masquerading as a “ride-sharing” service, has recently stirred up more controversy with new revelations about its Greyball program for circumventing enforcement of local taxicab monopolies. Greyball maintains a database of likely local government officials. This database is populated by users who frequently open and close the Uber app near government buildings,… Continue reading

MaaC: Mobility as a Commons

This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Witkar” the first car-sharing program in the world. This plan was revolutionary and prophetic in many ways. His time far ahead, Witkar was finally stopped. Not just the idea of ​​car sharing was inspiring, also the way Witkar is organised was visionary: Witkar was, and still is,… Continue reading