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OPEN 2018 – Preview

OPEN 2018 is not just about showcasing platform co-ops. It’s about the ownership revolution and forging a path to a collaborative, sustainable economy. It’s about creating new organisations which are member owned and democratically governed so that we, the people, have control over the institutions we rely on. Our vision is of a world in …

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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, the music streaming co-op, about RChain, a new framework for scalable blockchain applications, which aims to enable ‘glocal’ cooperation. The technical design of RChain has foundations in ‘rho calculus’ which requires a little mind-power to …

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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 plans to build a “Commons engine” to help provide co-ops with the tools they need to communicate, coordinate and cooperate at scale. In part two Matthew explains how Holochain enables “protocol” rather than “platform” cooperation,  by …

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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 been promoting the idea that new software could, potentially, revolutionise both our failing democracies and our predatory capitalist economies, since 2004. Back then we weren’t quite so clear on exactly how the required information architecture should …

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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 abused by big corporates a co-owned ‘cloud’ of services like email, docs, spreadsheets and calendars could do wonders for collaboration. A cooperative cloud would also provide a clear stepping stone towards the open source, collaborative working …

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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 how to set up a co-op, how to run a successful co-op, how to convert existing businesses to co-ops and how to raise funds for co-ops… join us at OPEN 2018 to learn 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 horizontal management, this post is for you. It summarises a workshop from the founders of Loomio, at which they shared their distilled wisdom for effective collaboration within groups. You’ve probably heard of Loomio, the simple but …

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