📚 Node [[cooperatives]]


📓 cooperatives.md (text) by @vera
📓 cooperatives.md (text) by @neil ️本 📝


I'm very much into the idea of cooperatives. I don't have any experience of working in one myself (yet), but have worked with some, and try to buy goods/services from them when I can.

A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.

Cooperative identity, values & principles | ICA

A cooperative is an association chartered to provide a product or service, much like any other company. What sets cooperatives apart from more conventional enterprises is that they are entirely owned by the people who work for them—their members—and that their policies and growth strategies are steered by the membership itself, via some kind of democratic decision-making process. All the benefits and rights attendant on the ownership of capital are distributed equally within the organization.

[[Radical Technologies]]

[[Cooperative values]]

[[Coops and commoning]]

[[Coops and socialism]]

Are they a challenge to capitalism?

…if cooperatives are islands in a sea of capitalism, we need better catamarans, bridges, and data lines to connect them to each other and to other transformative economies.

Manifesto – DisCO.coop

I think the same could be said about [[free software]]. Both coops and free software are non capitalist, but in and of themselves aren't a strategy to end capitalism or even a real threat to the capitalist system. In the worst vein, they provide a strategy for a privileged few to avoid some exploitative aspects of capitalism. There is enormous potential to organize within these movements to actively struggle against capitalism. But I'm not sure how to do this.

– [@jamiem@social.coop](https://social.coop/@jamiem/105650661094861507 )

Though participants are often drawn to the cooperative movement by a concern for basic tenets of fairness and economic justice, there’s nothing in it that conflicts with private ownership, property rights or the market as a mechanism of resource allocation.

[[Radical Technologies]]

[[Worker cooperatives]]

[[Open cooperativism]]

[[Open-value cooperatives]]

[[Distributed Cooperative Organisations]]

Copper lane cohousing

Novara Media https://youtu.be/yjbtCVTWCas​

Cooperatives formalize the practice of commoning and facilitate legally regulated operations in the marketplace.

[[The DisCO Elements]]

Cooperatives worldwide have a combined turnover of US$3 trillion, which is similar to the aggregate market capitalization of Silicon Valley’s greatest players (Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook).

[[The DisCO Elements]]


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📖 Open document (Hedgedoc) at https://doc.anagora.org/cooperatives
📖 Open document (Etherpad) at https://stoa.anagora.org/p/cooperatives