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Here’s my plan to save Twitter: let’s buy it
Nathan Schneider

This is where Nathan Schneider first proposed the idea to #BuyTwitter. “Twitter’s impending transition need not be, for most of us, merely a time to wait and see. It can be a chance for us to discuss, scheme, and organize.”


A Group of Die-Hard Twitter Users Wants to Buy the Company and Turn It into a Co-Op
Maya Kosoff

Wall Street doesn’t love Twitter. Why not sell it to the users who do?


Of course, a bunch of Twitter users want to buy the company and turn it into a co-op
Kurt Wagner

It sounds far-fetched, but this is actually on the agenda for the company’s annual shareholder meeting in May.


BuyThisPlatform: Twitter Explores Co-op Capitalism
James McRitchie

Now, through #BuyTwitter @BuyThisPlatform, Twitter is being called on to explore its own form of corporate governance — how the company itself can be more democratic and inclusive. The results could have implications for the future of capitalism.


Twitter as a co-op? It is a dream that is worthy of consideration
Andrew Hill

A Twitter co-op would have to reflect and manage its many user-owners. Firm governance would be essential. Happily, technology and internet companies already offer a variety of such structures. Wikipedia and Firefox-creator Mozilla are open-source, collaborative organisations overseen successfully by non-profit foundations, despite periodic crises of control and conscience.


Twitter shareholders will vote on turning the company into a cooperative owned by its users
Rob Price

There’s a campaign to turn Twitter into a user-owned co-operative, and shareholders will vote on it next month. If the vote passes, the company will have to prepare a report on the feasibility of the radical restructuring. It’s symptomatic of dissatisfaction among some shareholders as Twitter struggles to grow or turn a profit.


Twitter Shareholder Proposal: Exit to Democratic User Ownership

The following proposal was submitted on December 16, 2016, for consideration at the next Twitter, Inc., shareholder meeting, according to Rule 14a-8. Learn more about the #WeAreTwitter #BuyTwitter campaign here.


Twitter Users: Consider Advocating for a Benefit Corporation Instead of a Cooperative
Mica Ruppin

If Twitter users are serious about wanting to make the platform more innovative, with a “better, more user-friendly business model” as their petition says, they should consider asking for a less aggressive change; electing to become a benefit corporation.


Proposal: turn Twitter into a user-owned co-op
Cory Doctorow

“I’m sure many of us have ideas about how we could make Twitter meet our needs better. One suggestion that came my way: ‘actually moderating threats and hatespeech.’ But what would it take to put Twitter in the hands of those who rely on it most?”


Twitter shareholders voice benefits of a co-operative
Stephen Foley and Hannah Kuchler

“In 2016, we’ve seen Twitter’s future in the balance, from challenges of hate speech and abuse to the prospect of a buyout,” says a proposal filed by small shareholders Steffen Sauerteig and Jim McRitchie. “That is why we want the company to consider more fully aligning its future with those whose participation make it so valuable: its users.”


Stockholder Proposal Regarding a Report on Users Owning the Twitter Platform

“As Twitter users and stockholders, we see how vital the platform is for global media. We are among millions of users that value Twitter as a platform for democratic voice. And in 2016, we’ve seen Twitter’s future in the balance, from challenges of hate speech and abuse to the prospect of a buyout.”


Motion M-100: Role of Co-operatives
“M.P. Alexandra Mendès Proposes Motion M-100” (text and video)

29 November 2016 — “Alexandra Mendès Tables a motion to further Strengthen Canada’s Co-operatives”

13 February 2017 — “Alexandra Mendès on Role of Co-operatives”

“Mr. David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of ISED, speaks in support of Motion M-100” (text)

MP Alexandra Mendès kicks off debate on Motion M-100 in the House of Commons (video)

 M-100: Second Hour of Debate
24 March 2017 — the House of Commons debates Alexandra Mendès’s Motion M-100 in support of co-operatives (video)

5 April 2017 — “Motion M-100 Adopted in Unanimity by House of Commons”


ALIF Partners: A Story of Innovation
Dan Mathews

Platform co-operatives, like Stocksy, or New Generation Co-operatives, like Westlock Terminals, are examples of this type of innovation and the versatility of the model. We’ve recently bumped into another impressive innovation on the model in the form of ALIF Partners, which is a consulting firm based in Edmonton, Alberta.


A Better Co-op Democracy Without Elections?
Terry Bouricius

All large co-operative and membership organizations (nonprofits, worker-owned enterprises, etc.) that seek to govern themselves democratically face a perennial problem. How can an organization maintain member interest in matters of organizational governance year after year, and avoid management capture?


Building a Cooperative Solidarity Commonwealth
Jessica Gordon Nembhard

The next system that we need, and that hopefully we are moving toward, is a co-operative commonwealth within interlocking local solidarity economies. Such a system is created from the bottom up, building upon multiple grassroots co-operative enterprises, and democratic community-based economic practices. These networks collaborate and federate from the local to municipal, regional, national, and international levels.


Building the Co-op Movement Base with Investment Clubs
Matt Cropp

A perennial conversation in various corners of the co-op world centers on what, exactly, we are? A “movement” or an “industry/sector”?


Can a New Worker-Owned Platform Create a More Equitable Sharing Economy?
Alissa Quart

The Coopify app lets you order things like house cleaning or babysitting right from your phone. But the people providing the services come from worker-owned co-ops, not big tech companies.


Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice
Jessica Gordon Nembhard

Collective Courage chronicles African American co-operative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality.


Community-University Partnerships: Reflections on the Canadian Social Economy Experience
Peter V. Hall and Ian MacPherson, eds.

This eBook explores lessons for community-university research partnerships by reflecting on the experiences, achievements, and challenges of the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships.


Co-operatives in a Global Economy: The Challenges of Co-operation across Borders
Darryl Reed and JJ McMurtry, eds.

In their efforts to internationalize in the emerging global economy, co-operatives not only face a variety of problems that are common to all firms, but encounter specific challenges due to their particular value commitments, forms of incorporation, and organizational structures.


Cooperativism around the World: Opportunities and Challenges
Bülent Temel, ed.

This book examines the historical trajectories of co-operative movements in select countries. Eight co-operative experts provide insights into economic, political, and social contexts that have influenced co-operatives in Norway, Germany, Nigeria, USA, Canada, and Spain. Findings shed light on the conditions that are conducive to the growth of co-operatives in the twenty-first century.


Credit Unions Significantly Impacted by 2017 Provincial Budget
Annette Bester

The delivery of the 2017–2018 Saskatchewan budget on March 22 will have a significant impact on credit unions going forward, as the province has decided to phase out the additional credit union deduction over a four-year period, starting this year.


Developing a Coop-Commons alliance for a Collaborative Equitable and Participatory Economy: Cooperative digital platforms
Nicole Alix

Digital platforms are at the heart of the so-called “collaborative” economy. They are powerful tools for networking, sharing, and co-operation. Through digital technology and the Internet, civil society is now able to self-organize and create value without intermediaries.


Everyone is talking at me … is anyone listening?

Jim Macnamara argues that governmental and other communications services should focus less on getting their message across, and learn to listen more to the public.


First-ever investment co-op launched for organic ag sector

The Organic & Regenerative Investment Co-operative aims to provide a platform for people to invest in successful organic farms and businesses across Australia.


For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America
John Curl

Seeking to reclaim a history that has remained largely ignored by most historians, this dramatic account examines each of the definitive American co-operative movements for social changes that have been all but erased from collective memory.


From Platform to Open Cooperativism
Stacco Troncoso and Marie Utratel

Two co-operative movements are important in this discussion: Platform Cooperativism, and Open Cooperativism. One may be more publicly visible right now, but they have much in common. These movements marry the power of digital networks with the rich history of the co-operative movement. How do these approaches compare?


The Future of Consumer Society: Prospects for Sustainability in the New Economy
Maurie J. Cohen

The rise of the so-called sharing economy, the growth of do-it-yourself production, and the spreading popularity of economic localization are evidence that people are striving to find new ways to ensure livelihoods for themselves and their families in the face of profound change.


The Hidden Alternative: Co-operative Values, Past, Present, and Future
Anthony Webster, Alyson Brown, David Stewart, John K. Walton, and Linda Shaw, eds.

Co-operation offers a real and much-needed alternative for the organisation of human economic and social affairs, one that should establish its place at the forefront of public and academic discussion and policy making.


Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital
John Restakis

Humanizing the Economy shows how co-operative models for economic and social development can create a more equitable, just, and humane future.


The Importance of Cross-Community Partnerships

Operating in rural or remote communities requires innovative approaches to achieve sustainable economic, business, and community development. Co-operative partnership between legal entities can offer the capacity missing from individual communities.


Life in Practice

Elizabeth Station interviews Richard Sennett about his latest book, Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation, which explores the social craft of co-operation.


Living Economics: Canadian Perspectives on the Social Economy, Co-operatives, and Community Economic Development
JJ McMurtry, ed.

Though it accounts for approximately 8 percent of Canada’s GDP, the social economy has only recently begun to receive wider attention in academic circles and beyond. This book is the first to present, in an accessible manner, the various perspectives being used to explore and analyze this “third sector” of the economy.


A New Wrinkle in the Gig Economy: Workers Get Most of the Money
Amy Cortese

Stocksy is part of a new wave of start-ups that are borrowing the tools of Silicon Valley to create a more genuine “sharing” economy that rewards the individuals generating the value.


Open Co-ops: Inspiration, Legal Structures & Tools
Daksheeta Pattni

Co-ops that combine best practices from the international co-operative movement with best practices from the open source software and hardware communities are now possible. Soon anyone will be able to set up an Open Co-op and invite all their stakeholders to help finance, govern, and organise the co-op online.


Organizational Listening: The Missing Essential in Public Communication
Jim Macnamara

Organizations, including government departments and agencies, corporations, and nongovernment organizations, claim to want and practice two-way communication, dialogue, and engagement with citizens, customers, employees, and other stakeholders. But do they in reality?


Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, A New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet
Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider, eds.

Real democracy and the Internet are not mutually exclusive. The activists who have put together Ours to Hack and to Own argue for a new kind of online economy: platform co-operativism, which combines the rich heritage of co-operatives with the promise of twenty-first-century technologies, free from monopoly, exploitation, and surveillance.


People-Centered Businesses: Co-operatives, Mutuals and the Idea of Membership
Johnston Birchall

What is a member-owned business? How can we distinguish it from an investor-owned business? The crucial distinction is between a business that is people-centred, and one that is money-centred. This book explores the growing number of companies which use this model and their wider significance in society.


Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy
Trebor Scholz

There isn’t just one, inevitable future of work. Let us apply the power of our technological imagination to practice forms of co-operation and collaboration. Worker-owned co-operatives could design their own apps-based platforms, fostering truly peer-to-peer ways of providing services and things, and speak truth to the new platform capitalists.


Reversing the Lies of the Sharing Economy
Brett Scott

There’s nothing resembling a “sharing economy” in an Uber interaction. You pay a corporation to send a driver to you, and it pays that driver a variable weekly wage.


Revitalizing Western Canadian Rural Communities through New Generation Co-operatives

New Generation Co-operatives allow farmers and ranchers to invest in a downstream value-added business that purchases its commodities at fair market value, keeps the investment in the community, and increases the purchase value – potentially providing dividends on top of a guaranteed purchase.


The Rise of a Cooperatively Owned Internet
Nathan Schneider

Platform cooperativism gets a boost. Platform cooperatives weren’t something one could even call for until December 2014, when New School professor Trebor Scholz posted an online essay about “platform cooperativism,” putting the term on the map.


A Shareable Explainer: What is a Platform Co-op?
Maira Sutton, Cat Johnson, and Neal Gorenflo

A platform co-op is a digital platform — a website or mobile app that is designed to provide a service or sell a product — that is collectively owned and governed by the people who depend on and participate in it.


Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation
Richard Sennett

Living with people who differ — racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically — is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today.


Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy
Trebor Scholz

This book is about the rise of digital labour. Companies like Uber and Amazon Mechanical Turk promise autonomy, choice, and flexibility. One of network culture’s toughest critics, Trebor Scholz, chronicles the work of workers in the “sharing economy,” and the free labour on sites like Facebook, to take these myths apart.


Youth Reinventing Co-operatives: Young Perspectives on the International Co-operative Movement
Julia Smith, Robin Puga, and Ian MacPherson, eds.

Youth Reinventing Co-operatives explores the ways youth think about and use co-operatives to meet their economic and social needs. It features more than forty case studies on co-ops in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America in which young people play important roles.–young-perspectives-on-the-international-co-operative-movement–or–cedited-by-Julia-Smith-Robin-Puga-Ian-MacPherson/1/dgccca

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