Welcome to The Open Co-op
Our purpose is to build a world-wide community of individuals
and organisations committed to the creation of a collaborative,
We are part of a wider movement towards 'Planetary Citizenship',
a radically changed world based upon:
- Active care for/stewardship of the natural world.
- Active care for people: a social structure based upon co-operation
and mutual support.
We focus on the economic side, on practical projects using ICTs
to create the infrastructure to make the social vision a reality.
Imagine a peer-to-peer network with a blend of trading software,
chat and social software to create a virtual social economy over
the internet. Communities would be able to chat, swap best practise,
sell goods, get ratings for trades, have meetings...! We are committed
to the principles and use of Free
See The Vision for a description of the
future we are trying to create, and Our Principles
for a summary of what we believe in and what has influenced us.
See The Present for an outline of our
current work, including:
to be able to participate in our projects or contribute to our wiki.