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The Open Co-op Team
Dr. Gary Alexander - ICT Department, Technology Faculty, Open UniversityPioneer of on-line collaborative learning, author of eGaia, Growing a peaceful, sustainable Earth through communications .
Tom Salfield - Uniteddiversity LLPTom co-founded Uniteddiversity LLP with Josef. He has also worked at the Institiute of Social and Ethical Accountability, the New Economics Foundation and was Web Development Manager for Via3.net, a leading organization offering collaborative solutions for social enterprises and the charity sector.
Josef Davies-Coates - Uniteddiversity LLPJosef is a former trustee of the Chaordic Commons and founded uniteddiversity whilst in his final year at LSE (where he met Tom). He worked on numerous local economy projects during his time at the New Economics Foundation, including BizFizz, Plugging the Leaks and Time Banks UK. For more info about Josef click here
Oliver Sylvester Bradley - Defacto DesignDefacto Design is a design and communications consultancy promoting the true definition of Sustainable Development, specialising in the promotion of environmentally responsible design which encourages the development of positive alternatives to exploitative activities. Defacto aims to accelerate the instigation of sustainable ideas and solutions, social and cultural change which lead to a more ethical World.
Oli has written an important paper outlining an ICT based method for the implementation of ‘Gaian Democracies’.
Advisers and Consultants
Dr. Stephen Peake - Design Department, Technology Faculty, Open UniversityExpert on climate change and energy.
Dr. Angela Espinosa - Hull University Business School, Scarborough Management CentreExpert on co-operative development. Former colleague of Stafford Beer, and consultant on the application of his Viable Systems Model to organisational development. Currently developing a related project creating an infrastructure to link organic food producers and consumers.
Dr. Jon Walker - Out of this World (organics supermarket and distributor)Author of The Viable Systems Model, a guide for co-operatives and federations (see background docs. Expert on co-operative development and working on Dr. Espinosa's food project.
Francesca R. Giordano' – Director of International Relations, World Future CouncilExpert on environmental and social networking and initiator of the Sustainable Society Directory and Earth Emergency
Dr. Mikael Nordfors - Vivarto Collaborative, NorniaMikael Nordfors is the main innovator of the open coop democracy system, which has been developed and marketed by the Open Coop member, the Vivarto Collaborative. He is also the main founder of the virtual country of Nornia. Besides these interests, he is also a medical doctor, composer/musician, lecturer and author of several books about democracy and alternative health.
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