If life wins there will be no losers

How can we create a worldwide, permanent shift to regenerative culture in every sphere of life? “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”- Buckminster Fuller Ruth Gordon: In recent years there’s been a global awakening to the momentous choice… Continue reading

What would a climate emergency plan look like?

Across the world, national and local governments are declaring a climate emergency on the back of dire warnings from UN scientists about the need for urgent and far-reaching action that have triggered a wave of protests from school children and given rise to the Extinction Rebellion movement. Within just three months, 42 councils have signed the pledge –… Continue reading

Uniting charities for a common cause

Madina Knight: Charities are built to support communities but they are rarely offered support, themselves. That’s exactly what James Carlin set out to do when he co-founded the Bath and Northeast Somerset’s 3rd Sector Group (3SG for short). Around four years ago, after Bath lost it’s charity support agency, the founders of 3SG stepped in to quickly… Continue reading

Helping UK cooperatives thrive

By Madina Knight, John Gieryn How do you role-model a democratic workplace? This was the question on Austen Cordasco’s mind as he set out to integrate new technology to improve decision-making within Co-operative Assistance Network Limited (CAN). Purpose and community For more than 30 years, CAN, a workers’ co-op, has catalysed the movement of cooperatives… Continue reading

OPEN 2019 Community Gathering – Decentralised Collaboration

The OPEN 2019 Community Gathering is an open space event designed to strengthen the network of communities and organisations that are working on building a collaborative, regenerative economy. When: Thursday, 27 June – Friday, 28 June9:00 am – 8:00 pm Where: University of London, Malet Street, London In previous years, we’ve promoted platform co-ops in a traditional conference format. This… Continue reading

Primavera De Filippi on Blockchain Technology and the Future of Work

Primavera De Filippi, researcher at CNRS and faculty associate at the Berkman Center, Harvard Law School, is investigating emergent decentralized technologies to design new governance models. In this final talk of the session Blockchain Technology Beyond Bitcoin at Lift16, Primavera De Filippi explored the possibilities that live at the intersection between the blockchain and art,… Continue reading

The Key Themes of Collaboration

Cross-posted from The Open Coop and written by Oliver Sylvester-Bradley. Having re-watched the webinar on Catalysing Collaboration at Scale I wondered if it might be possible to identify some of the key themes of collaboration. Truly effective, synergistic, collaboration is an elusive beast at the best of times and the idea of making it work at scale,… Continue reading

Catalysing collaboration at scale

The video above is a recording of a webinar exploring how to catalyse collaboration at scale. This first event of OPEN 2019 covers the ideas behind The DNA of Collaboration and Harmonious Working Patterns to explore ideas which might help all the people, communities and organisations working on creating a new, decentralised, regenerative economy collaborate better to produce more impact. Panelists:… Continue reading

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too

I frequently encounter a notion, among those drawn to cooperatives, that a cooperative should be an amorphous, faceless collective in which old-world skills and norms of leadership can be discarded. How does this work out for them? Not well. Usually one of two entirely predictable things happens as a result — and generally both. One is a tyranny… Continue reading

Call for abstracts: The Network Society Today

The Network Society Today: (Revisiting) the Information Age Trilogy “Manuel Castells The Information Age Trilogy has been one of the most influential works to understand the societal change in the awake of the digital revolution of the last decades. It is, as Frank Webster (2002: 97) points out, one of “the most illuminating, imaginative and intellectually rigorous account of the… Continue reading