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PLANET Pioneers
Vision, Progress, Roadmap & The PLANET Pioneers
The Open Co-op was founded in 2004 and has a long history of organising events and running projects to help grow the commons. Everything we do aims to build towards our vision of a collaborative econ regenerative economy. We are especially focused on...
catalysing collaboration at scale
Catalysing collaboration at scale 
In his brilliant book, How The World Really Works, Vaclav Smil concludes: …of all the risks we face, global climate change is the one that needs to be tackled most urgently and effectively. And there are two fundamental reasons why this combination...
Google scans your email
If you value your privacy you should stop using Gmail
Have you ever considered how much information Google harvests about you? Google creates ‘shadow profiles’ of every user by tracking, recording and analysing: Every email you send or receive via Gmail Every search you perform on Google search Every...
A new model for grant funding - to finance the collaborative Commons
The conventional funding model, in which grant making bodies hand out six figure sums to qualifying organizations, is broken. At it’s best the standard grant funding model is woefully inefficient: Huge amounts of funds are wasted on ‘administration’ Time-poor...
The self-reinforcing nature of cooperation and ethical business
Business as usual is unsustainable. Capitalism has legitimised the externalisation of various ‘costs’ to such an extent that it has become normal for companies to exploit the natural world – and their customers at the same time. Take the example...
A Co-operative Privacy and Trust system for digital dignity
Artists in every field want to collaborate with each other and with their own community-supporting audiences. But trusted collaboration without face to face interaction is difficult. Many of us let the major corporate social platforms manage the majority...
Decent Gov Now
By definition our government should be decent. But it is not. Being decent requires ‘conforming with generally accepted standards of respectable or moral behaviour’ or performing to ‘an acceptable standard’. But, according to MORI’s Trends showing satisfaction...
OPEN 2020: Networked Commons Initiatives
OPEN 2020 took place entirely online over two days of talks and discussions and even some poetry – the videos are below in chronological order. You can also view them in the OPEN 2020 playlist on our YouTube channel – which includes all the...
Bristol pay
Bristol Pay – a possible future for local currencies
This webinar starts with a presentation of the history of the Bristol Pound and the learnings gained from running the UK’s largest local currency for 8 years. It then moves onto ideas for a new approach to helping the economy to transition to be greener,...
VIDEO: OPEN 2020 - Governance in collaborative projects
OPEN 2020 was run using an open source video tool, managed by a new platform co-op, But how should this co-op, and other collaborative projects, be stewarded and governed to best effect? Following on from the first session on The tools of collaboration...
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