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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 how to pass users from one platform to another. Fairbnb.coop is a platform co-op whose name precedes it. Everyone’s heard of the venture-capital-backed...
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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 the run up to OPEN 2020 in London in June, we interviewed Sarah, Mckinley, Director for European Programs for The Democracy Collaborative and the European...
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The case for open protocols
In my previous post on making groups work I argued that a centralised, cooperatively owned platform could be one of the most effective ways to catalyse the co-creation of a new economy, right now. My argument for centralisation is based wholly on practicalities...
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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-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole, where people are falling short on...
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Making groups work
There is a growing consensus that enabling groups, and networks of groups, to work together, is essential to delivering exponential impact in collaboration and solving humanities multiple challenges. The Magical Number Seven, ideas about committees, decision...
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The gathering #SWARM
This excellent animated video came out in 2010 in response to the failed 2009 Copenhagen Summit. It advocates a network of organisations that together could crowd-source solutions to the climate crisis, namely: A Green Knowledge Trust – A green...
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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’, Ehud Shapiro asks “Why has an Internet revolution of democracy not yet occurred?” He concludes that...
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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 2018 and our previous work on ideas for a co-op coin. Having tested a proof-of-concept and visited Sardex, a successful mutual credit network in Sardinia,...
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OPEN 2019: Catalysing collaboration at scale
The OPEN 2019 Community Gathering took place on the 27th and 28th of June in the event space at Tech City College. We changed the venue shortly before the event to support the boycott of the University of London in solidarity with their workers as The...
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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 OPEN 2019 Community Gathering in London next week. Solidfund is an excellent initiative which supports workers to own and control their own livelihoods....

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