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. AtRead more.
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 hasRead more.
Resonate is creating a Co-operative Privacy and Trust system for digital dignity across communities
Artists in every field want to collaborate with each other and with their own community-supporting audiences. But trusted collaboration withoutRead more.
Decent Gov Now
By definition our government should be decent. But it is not. Being decent requires ‘conforming with generally accepted standards ofRead more.
OPEN 2020 – Videos
We’ve now edited and uploaded all the videos from the main two days of OPEN 2020 – here they areRead more.
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 theRead more.
VIDEO: OPEN 2020 – Governance in collaborative projects
OPEN 2020 was run using an open source video tool, managed by a new platform co-op, meet.coop. But how shouldRead more.
Video: OPEN 2020 – Mutual credit deep dive
Although Mutual Credit has a strong pedigree, both theoretical and practical, it cannot be said to have ‘moved the needle’Read more.
VIDEO: OPEN 2020 – Cooperation will win
Watch the Introduction to day 2 and discussion with Esther Foreman from the The Social Change Agency. Esther and teamRead more.
VIDEO: OPEN 2020 – Mr Gee
At the end of Day 1 of OPEN 2020 – after 6 hours of focused discussion about co-creating the collaborativeRead more.
VIDEO: OPEN 2020 – Universal Basic Everything
During this session we hear from Iris Schönherr about the amazing Every One Every Day project they have been running in BarkingRead more.
VIDEO: OPEN 2020 – Coordination in decentralised networks
There are hundreds of thousands of groups and communities working on building a new economy, but no centralised control orRead more.
VIDEO: OPEN 2020 – Tools of collaboration
Every group, project or community needs digital tools to enable collaboration. But which tools should we choose? This is theRead more.
VIDEO: OPEN 2020 – Introducing mutual credit
What is mutual credit? How does it work? How can we enable local mutual credit networks and transition away fromRead more.
VIDEO: OPEN 2020 – The language of the commons
“Throughout history, problems have arisen when the language used to represent reality fails to meet the needs and aspirations ofRead more.
VIDEO: OPEN 2020 Introduction
OPEN 2020 is a collaborative online event for anyone that is interested in creating a world which places people andRead more.
Building the commons economy – Q&A with Enric Duran from Faircoin
In the run up to OPEN 2020 we interviewed Enric Duran, a founding member of the Catalan Integral Cooperative (CICRead more.
OPEN 2020 Webinar – Vocdoni as an engagement tool for cooperatives
In this webinar we hear from Ferran Reyes of Vocdoni. Vocdoni is a FLOSS project building a privacy-centric platform forRead more.
OPEN 2020 Webinar – Holochain
In this webinar we hear from Grace Rachmany, Hedayat Abedijoo and Guillem Cordoba about Holochain. Holochain enables a distributed web withRead more.
OPEN 2020 Webinar – SourceCred
Inn this OPEN 2020 Webinar we hear from Dandelion Mane at SourceCred and discuss how we can reward collaboration. SourceCredRead more.
OPEN 2020 Webinar – Open Collective
In this third intro webinar of OPEN 2020 we hear from Xavier Damman, of Open Collective – which lets groupsRead more.
OPEN 2020 Webinar – Digital Life Collective
In this second intro webinar of OPEN 2020 – Christina Bowen, Joachim Stroh and Graham Mitchell introduce the Digital LifeRead more.
Scaling platform co-ops – lessons from Resonate.is
In the lead up to OPEN 2020 we spoke to Nick Meyne from Resonate, the community-owned music network. OSB: HowRead more.
OPEN 2020 Webinar – DisCos & Guerrilla Translation
Watch the first intro webinar of OPEN 2020 with Stacco Troncoso and colleagues from Guerrilla Media Collective discussing DisCos, Distributed CooperativeRead more.
A platform to enable communities to thrive
The Open Co-op has a vision that we have championed for some time: That an open source platform which providesRead more.
OPEN 2020 – Reinvented: Networked commons initiatives
OPEN 2020 is a collaborative online event for anyone that is interested in creating a world which places people andRead more.
Decentralizing power and value using blockchain
In the run up to OPEN 2020, which will now be an online event, we caught up with Samer HassanRead more.
OPEN 2020 – postponed
As event organisers the safety of our community is paramount and for the last few weeks we have been closelyRead more.
Charge My Street – platform co-op seeking investment
The following blog is a guest post from Daniel Heery, from Charge My Street – a platform co-op that installsRead more.
Introducing Fairbnb.coop – Q&A with Damiano Avellino
The main challenge we need to solve in the platform co-op community is how to reach critical mass… and howRead more.
Introducing The Democracy Collaborative – Q&A with Sarah McKinley
I see a real need for “scaled connectivity” to advance our work as part of a viable ecosystem. In theRead more.
The case for open protocols
In my previous post on making groups work I argued that a centralised, cooperatively owned platform could be one ofRead more.
OPEN 2020 partners with Redecentralize.org
We’re very excited to announce that OPEN 2020 has partnered with Redecentralize.org – a movement of people pioneering technologies andRead more.
Kate Raworth – A healthy economy should be designed to thrive not grow
What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? “Like a doughnut,” says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In this eye-openingRead more.
Making groups work
There is a growing consensus that enabling groups, and networks of groups, to work together, is essential to delivering exponentialRead more.
The gathering #SWARM
This excellent animated video came out in 2010 in response to the failed 2009 Copenhagen Summit. It advocates a networkRead more.
An internet revolution of democracy
In his paper on ‘Democracy and E-Democracy – A discussion of the possibility of supplanting traditional representative democracy with e-democracy’,Read more.
Mutual credit – an alternative to the extractive economy
One of our key projects at The Open Co-op is The Open Credit Network, which evolved out of OPEN 2018Read more.
Co-op Workers bursaries to attend OPEN 2019
The Solidfund is offering members of worker co-ops bursaries to cover the costs of travel and tickets to the OPENRead more.
Paul Mason joins the OPEN 2019 Gathering
The Open Co-op is proud to announce Paul Mason will be attending at OPEN 2019. Paul wrote the important andRead more.
Defining a shared purpose for the progressive movement
*In this article I use the term ‘progressive movement’ to mean all the people and organisations that are working, orRead more.
OPEN 2019 joins IWGB boycott of University of London in solidarity with workers
The exploitation of temporary, freelance and out-sourced workers is a serious issue. As companies get bigger and more powerful, andRead more.
OPEN 2019 – Lightning talks – Solutions for the regenerative economy
The OPEN 2019 Community Gathering will feature a selection of lightning talks explaining ideas and solutions that support the developmentRead more.
The Key Themes of Collaboration
Having re-watched the webinar on Catalysing Collaboration at Scale I wondered if it might be possible to identify some ofRead more.
Video: Catalysing collaboration at scale
The video below is a recording of a webinar exploring how to catalyse collaboration at scale. This first even ofRead more.
Defining the DNA of collaboration
As a species, human beings are barely more intelligent than kindergarten kids. We revel at our place at the topRead more.
OPEN 2018 podcast – When communities of practice meet the collaborative economy
Below is a recording of a session from the OPEN 2018 conference about “When communities of practice meet the collaborativeRead more.
OPEN 2018 podcast – The BIG Questions: Tech, Power and Society
Below is a recording of a session from the OPEN 2018 conference on “The BIG Questions: Tech, Power and Society”Read more.
OPEN 2018 – Review
What happened at OPEN 2018? Connections Aside from all the presentations on the Main stage, theRead more.
OPEN 2018 Videos – Main Hall sessions
OPEN 2018 – Welcome and reflections from day 1 Oliver Sylvester-Bradley provides an explanation of platform co-ops and a fewRead more.
OPEN 2018 – Questions
Here’s the list of questions that were asked via Slido at OPEN 2018 on the Main Stage… a lot ofRead more.
OPEN 2018 Videos – Workshop Space sessions
DAY 1 The workshop space at OPEN 2018 featured a range of session covering many different projects and approaches toRead more.
OPEN 2018 Videos – Open Space sessions
DAY 1 The Open Space sessions at OPEN 2018 were a chance for attendees to put forward their own discussionRead more.
OPEN 2018 – Preview
OPEN 2018 is not just about showcasing platform co-ops. It’s about the ownership revolution and forging a path to aRead more.
The changing narrative – A new ontology for the progressive movement?
Have you ever wondered why the world works like it does? Why things seem skewed in favour of the richRead more.
RChain – a blockchain 3.0 framework for ‘glocal’ cooperation
In the run up to OPEN 2018, Oliver Sylvester-Bradley from The Open Co-op interviews Claire Tolan, a developer at Resonate,Read more.
Holochain – The commons engine for cooperation at scale
This article is the second part of our interview with Matthew Schutte, Communications Director at Holochain, which covers their plansRead more.
The changing narrative – Q&A with Indra Adnan
“Politics does not have to be a grim thing – sitting in a chair listening to someone talk at youRead more.
Holochain – the perfect framework for decentralised cooperation at scale
Holochain is a new technology project with huge potential for the cooperative economy. Members of The Open Co-op have beenRead more.
Resonation – An interview with Peter Harris
Resonate is a music streaming co-op and a great example of a platform co-op which is changing the way businessRead more.
Decentralized co-operation at scale
The following post is transcript of a recent webinar on “Decentralized co-operation at scale. What patterns work? What are theRead more.
Co-op Workers bursaries to attend OPEN 2018
The Solid Fund is offering members of worker co-ops bursaries to cover the costs of travel and tickets to theRead more.
Riverford boss to speak at OPEN 2018 about converting to employee ownership
We’re very excited to announce that Riverford Organic‘s boss, Guy Watson, will be speaking at OPEN 2018 about giving theRead more.
Hullcoin: can blockchain unlock the hidden value in Hull’s economy?
It might come as a surprise – but something innovative is happening in Hull. Hull is one of those cities,Read more.
The making of the Cooperative Cloud
Co-owned web infrastructure is a clear goal for the co-op movement. As well as ensuring our data is not abusedRead more.
Working Together – 8 innovations for coops and unions
There are now 7.1 million precarious workers in the UK. That is more than 20% of the UK workforce andRead more.
OPEN 2018 – Join us to learn about…
At OPEN 2018, one of the in-depth breakout workshops where we dig into the practicalities, will feature co-op experts explaining howRead more.
Who are the new Co-op weavers?
There’s something exciting happening in the world of co-ops which harks back to the very beginning of the movement. AlthoughRead more.
“Find the others…” at OPEN:2018
Trebor Scholz speaks at OPEN 2017 about the new role for co-ops, unions and tech within the burgeoning cooperative economy.Read more.
OPEN 2018 – The voice of the future
This little 1 min video highlights what to expect at OPEN 2018, the Platform Co-op conference on “Collaborative technology forRead more.
Announcing OPEN 2018 – The Platform Co-op Conference
After an extremely successful event in February 2017 at Goldsmiths University The Open Co-op conference is back with a newRead more.
What would a Co-op Coin ICO look like?
Co-op coins are not a new concept but the days of trading locally minted coins for a pint of milkRead more.
“What happened to the future?” video from NY conference
This superb discussion about Platform Co-ops entitled “What happened to the future?” was the plenary at the recent event “TheRead more.
Belonging is a superpower – Patterns for decentralised organising
If you work in any type of co-op, or non-hierarchical group, with open and inclusive values and aspirations for horizontalRead more.
Inter-generational Collaborative Platforms
At OPEN 2017 one of the open space sessions which was proposed by Phil Carey focused on “Inter-generational Collaborative Platforms”.Read more.
OPEN 2017 – Videos
Watch the videos from OPEN 2017 – The two day conference on Platform Co-ops, organised by The Open Co-op onRead more.
“Creating a financial model that benefits the many over the few” – A Q&A with Brianna Wettlaufer, CEO of Stocksy
Brianna Wettlaufer is the CEO and Co-founder of Stocksy, a platform co-op which offers a highly curated collection of royalty-freeRead more.
Book review – Ours to Hack and Own
If you’ve ever wondered about how a new, collaborative, sustainable, democratic economy might work the new book ‘Ours to HackRead more.
John McDonnell on enabling mass participation to create a democratic economy
In this mini video the Rt Hon John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, speaks about Labour’s thoughts onRead more.
PLANET – An open source operating system for a collaborative, sustainable economy
The following post presents a vision of an open source operating system, which we at The Open Co-op believe wouldRead more.
£2,000 prize and business support for co-op tech entrepreneurs
Budding tech entrepreneurs offered chance to win £2,000 PRIZE and business support for co-op tech entrepreneurs. People with ideas forRead more.
Disrupting capitalist democracy
Technology is disrupting outmoded industries at an unprecedented rate. As the gyroscopic effects of the neoliberal model wobble out ofRead more.
Re-writing the core code of business: A Q&A with Douglas Rushkoff
Douglas Rushkoff is a writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age. He isRead more.
Democracy spreads like a virus: A Q&A with Nathan Schneider
In 2015, Nathan co-organised “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference in New York, which kick started a wave of global discussionRead more.
An introduction to Platform co-ops
Just like traditional co-ops, platform co-ops are organisations that are owned and managed by their members. While traditional co-ops are normallyRead more.
Platform Co-ops – Definition and history
What are ‘Platform Co-ops’? Platform cooperatives are online organisations which are owned and managed by their members. Platform co-ops followRead more.
Introducing Open 2017 – what are platform co-ops?
Platform co-ops, and the burgeoning movement behind them, are big news. For the first time since the inception of theRead more.
The murmurations of a collaborative, sustainable economy
In 2010, when Transition Towns started growing into the hundreds in the UK, with another 250 worldwide, it felt likeRead more.
Corbyn’s Digital Democracy Manifesto supports Platform Co-ops
Platform Co-op Support The Open Co-op welcomes the support for Platform Cooperatives outlined in Jeremy Corbyn’s Digital Democracy Manifesto (pdf). RecentRead more.
Not a Co-op? Not a Platform Co-op!
Last month Shareable wrote a great article entitled “11 Platform Cooperatives Creating a Real Sharing Economy“. It’s a really nice list ofRead more.
Open Value Networks
Open Value Networks are very similar to Bettermeans’ Open Enterprise ideas and variously described as “people creating value together, byRead more.
Podcast: The Internet of Ownership
Originally published on 3CR Community Radio A podcast on The Internet of Ownership and Platform Co-ops with Nathan Schneider andRead more.
Audio: The dark side of the sharing economy
Image: Shareable Originally published on ABC Radio National Life Matters Show Are you part of the virtual sharing economy?Read more.
Platform Cooperatives and Beyond: The Future of Collaborative Governance?
A video from OuiShare Fest 2016 Speakers: Marc-David Choukran (La Ruche Qui Dit Oui) Yassir Fichtali (Up Group) Nathan SchneiderRead more.
Co-operatives aren’t co-operatives unless they co-operate with each other
This article was originally published on Imperica High-tech tools of exploitation are being repurposed to build a fairer economy. TheRead more.
Outlandish – Platform Co-ops event
Saturday night is not the time most people chose to meet to discuss disrupting democracy. But that’s what happened atRead more.
Self-Organizing Community Democracy for the Internet Age
A nice talk by Loomio‘s Ben Knight at the 2015 Bioneers Annual Conference Emerging in response to the need forRead more.
Platform Cooperativism: Challenging the Corporate Sharing Economy
The “sharing economy” wasn’t supposed to be this way. Aided by the tiny computers most of us carry with usRead more.