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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 co-ops. I’ve since met with and spoke with Rory quite a few times now, learning all …

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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 really excited about the Open State Camp: A 5-week-camp near Berlin, Germany, …

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Why We Need a New Kind of Open Cooperatives for the P2P Age

this article originally appeared on the P2P Foundation Michel Bauwens: “The cooperative movement and cooperative enterprises are in the midst of a revival, even as some of their long-standing entities are failing. This revival is part of an ebb and flow of cooperativism, that is strongly linked to the ebb and flow of the mainstream …

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Open Co-ops: Inspiration, Legal Structure and Tools

this article originally appeared in Stir Magazine illustration by Daksheeta Pattni In 2002 I described United Diversity as “a member owned and stakeholder governed network of mutual advantage.” In truth, it was aspirational. At the time, the flexible off-the-shelf legal structures and open source tools needed to make such a network a reality simply didn’t …

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Must hear trialogue: Bauwens, Restakis and Kleiner

UPDATE: The wonderful people over at Guerrilla Translation have now transcribed this must listen podcast into both Spanish and English.  I’ve pasted their English transcription below this post for good measure. Last night I finally got around to listening to this excellent and inspirational trialogue between Michel Bauwens, John Restakis and Dmytri Kleiner, hosted by KMO …

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Open Co-ops – an idea whose time has come?

Back in 2004, Gary Alexander from the Open University, Tom Salfield and Josef Davies-Coates from United Diversity, and Oliver Sylvester-Bradley from Defacto Design together launched The Open Co-op. We described ourselves as a Co-operative Open Organisation. Ten years on and everyone seems to be getting in on the act: Ed Mayo‘s Number 1 trend for co-operatives in 2014 is: “The …

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