we promote new forms of ownership

The Open Co-op is working to create, test and promote new ownership models, which provide equitable access to the organisations and resources we rely on. We have organised several events on Platform Co-ops, which provide a blue-print for a new type of business that is owned and managed by its members.

Our two main projects in this area are Open Web Systems and Meet.coop which provide collectively-owned, surveillance-free, open source tools for collaboration.

Open Web Systems

Open source email, messaging and collaborative tools powered by renewable energy.

Open source meeting and conferencing tools,
powered by renewable energy

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

"Creating a financial model that benefits the many over the few" - A Q&A with Brianna Wettlaufer, CEO of Stocksy
Brianna Wettlaufer is the CEO and Co-founder of Stocksy, a platform co-op which offers a highly curated collection of royalty-free stock photography and video footage. In the run-up to OPEN 2017, where Brianna will be speaking, Oliver Sylvester-Bradley...
Book review - Ours to Hack and Own
If you’ve ever wondered about how a new, collaborative, sustainable, democratic economy might work the new book ‘Ours to Hack and Own – The rise of platform cooperativism, a new vision for the future of work and a fairer internet‘,...
PLANET - An open source operating system for a collaborative, sustainable economy
The following post presents a vision of an open source operating system, which we at The Open Co-op believe would help create a collaborative, sustainable economy. See the video at the end of this post for an introduction to the concepts and ideas behind...
Disrupting capitalist democracy
Technology is disrupting outmoded industries at an unprecedented rate. As the gyroscopic effects of the neoliberal model wobble out of control Paul Mason suggests the end of capitalism has begun and even the IMF is questioning whether their capitalist...
Re-writing the core code of business: A Q&A with Douglas Rushkoff
Douglas Rushkoff is a writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age. He is the author of fifteen bestselling books on media, technology, and society, including Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and most...
Democracy spreads like a virus: A Q&A with Nathan Schneider
In 2015, Nathan co-organised “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference in New York, which kick started a wave of global discussion about online democratic platforms. He recently co-edited the book, Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform...
Podcast: The Internet of Ownership
Originally published on 3CR Community Radio A podcast on The Internet of Ownership and Platform Co-ops with Nathan Schneider and others: https://open.coop/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2016/06/201606081730_renegade-economists_64.mp3 Download MP3 Rising...
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How Platform Coops Can Beat Death Stars Like Uber to Create a Real Sharing Economy
Image: The Battle of Yavin where the first Death Star was destroyed. Credit: Fanpop We have an epic choice before us between platform coops and Death Star platforms, and the time to decide is now. It might be the most important economic...
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...
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...