The DisCO (read all about it in the DisCO Manifesto) takes a friendly but carefully planned approach to people working together to create value in ways that are cooperative, commons-oriented and rooted in feminist economics.
Based on seven non-prescriptive principles (updated from the original cooperative principles), DisCOs are:
- Oriented towards social and environmental ends
- Multi-constituent in nature
- Active creators of commons
- Transnational in nature
- Centered on care work
- Prototypes for new flows of values
- Designed to be federated
DisCOs operate in the marketplace, fostering generative economic activity and fair conditions while also continually creating commons. The aim is to showcase and share pilot experiences with self-organised workers worldwide, develop free tools and models and thoroughly documenting the progress of the project.
Weaving together practices and principles learned from the Commons and P2P movements, the world of cooperatives and the Social and Solidarity Economy, DisCOs bring forth a proposal for a future of work.