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CIC
Cooperativa Integral Catalana as a living model of open cooperativism
Enric Duran of the Catalan Integrated Cooperative has taken the time to comment on Michel Bauwens’ recent article on Open Coops, contrasting Bauwens’ proposals with the practical realities already under way in the CIC’s own forward thinking cooperativist...
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Let's discuss Open Co-ops and Commons on Discourse!
At a recent Solidarity Economy event hosted by Locality and organised by Pat Conaty, Robin Murray put a tenner on the table and encouraged others to join him in order that we can together create the first UK based member of RIPESS Europe, the European...
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Owning is the New Sharing
By Nathan Schneider and originally published on Shareable Image from OpenSource.com’s post, “Don’t Build a Better Mousetrap. Change the Business Model.” One chilly morning last winter, I reconnected with an...
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Cooperatives' Uber Moment
Can Cooperatives Build Better Online Tools to Disrupt the Disrupters? by Nic Wistreich (and originally published on Grassroots Economic Organizing) Uberfication has become shorthand for many new concepts—from the sharing economy to any significantly disruptive...
Together
Toward an Open Co-operativism
NOTE: when I first re-launched this blog is was because people like @edmayo1 and @mbauwens had started to talk about ‘Open Co-ops’.  Now even more people are getting in on the game, it’s fantastic! Also, big thanks are due to the wonderful...
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Should Tech Companies That Derive All Their Value from Users Be Co-ops?
NOTE: This great article by @kirstystyles1 links to this website with the text “plenty of resources”, which is flattering (and would be true if the 50 or so draft posts I’ve got half-done were published), but where I’ve actually...
grunt_funds
'Grunt Funds' are trending in startup circles
David Hodgson from Humingbird Labs had lunch with Citizen Code co-founder Noah Thorp, found out about the concept of ‘Grunt Funds of and then posted this very interesting article over at Bloomberg BusinessWeek about ‘Grunt Funds’ or...
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The Case for a FairShares Model of Enterprise
The best thing about going to the Co-op Bank Crisis: Ways Foward for the Co-operative Movement conference organised by Co-operative Business Consultants was getting introduced to Rory Ridley-Duff by Mark Simmonds as someone else who is interested in multi-stakeholder...
openstate
Open State: Tomorrow Made Today
The best new thing I learnt about at OuiShare Fest 2014: The Age of Communities was Open State. Here is the video of Dominik Wind’s presentation about it: The idea is to create a fully operating replicable cell of a future-proof society. I’m...
open_data
Open : Data : Cooperatives – Synopsis
Originally published over at Open Data Manchester by Julian Tait This is a synopsis of the meeting held in Berlin that forms the basis of the upcoming Open : Data : Cooperation event on the 20th October 2014 Open : Data  : Cooperatives. On the evening...
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