we promote new governance structures

The Open Co-op is working to promote new governance structures, which provide democratic methods to steward our collective endeavours. Cooperatives, and Platform Co-ops, provide a blue-print for democratic business in which all members get a say in how the business is run.

Our two main projects in this area are Co-op Data Club and Meet.coop, which are both member-owned.

A co-op of co-ops that flips the standard data model
via inter-coop marketing and promotions.

Open source meeting and conferencing tools,
powered by renewable energy

Read more about our work on governance in the posts below:

A Co-operative Privacy and Trust system for digital dignity
Artists in every field want to collaborate with each other and with their own community-supporting audiences. But trusted collaboration without face to face interaction is difficult. Many of us let the major corporate social platforms manage the majority...
Decent Gov Now
By definition our government should be decent. But it is not. Being decent requires ‘conforming with generally accepted standards of respectable or moral behaviour’ or performing to ‘an acceptable standard’. But, according to MORI’s Trends showing satisfaction...
OPEN 2020: Networked Commons Initiatives
OPEN 2020 took place entirely online over two days of talks and discussions and even some poetry – the videos are below in chronological order. You can also view them in the OPEN 2020 playlist on our YouTube channel – which includes all the...
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 should this co-op, and other collaborative projects, be stewarded and governed to best effect? Following on from the first session on The tools of collaboration...
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 for digital governance using digital voting with maximum guarantees of anonymity, and a toolset to manage the relationship of organizations...
OPEN 2020 Webinar – Holochain
In this webinar we hear from Grace Rachmany, Hedayat Abedijoo and Guillem Cordoba about Holochain. Holochain enables a distributed web with user autonomy built directly into its architecture and protocols. Distributing the storage and processing of data...
OPEN 2020 Webinar – SourceCred
Inn this OPEN 2020 Webinar we hear from Dandelion Mane at SourceCred and discuss how we can reward collaboration. SourceCred is building a new way measure and reward value. They are building new kinds of communities: open-source projects in which anyone...
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: How are things going at Resonate? Is Peter Harris who spoke at OPEN 2018 still with you? NM: Peter is very much still here, but after nearly 5 years,...
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 Cooperative Organizations. The DisCO (read all about it in the DisCO Manifesto) takes a friendly but carefully...
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 Hassan from P2P Models, where they are investigating decentralizing power and value to deliver the collaborative economy using blockchain. OSB: What’s the latest news...
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