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 #BuyTwitter & Beyond: Practicalities of User Ownership Conversions

A conversation moderated by Douglas Rushkoff on the prospects of the Buy Twitter initiative and the practicalities of the approach of converting existing companies as a way to advance the Platform Cooperativism movement.


#PlatformCoop Round Table: Scaling Community Control & User Democracy

Following on the recent panel moderated by Douglas Rushkoff investigating the practicalities of user-ownership conversions, this discussion will focus on the challenges of, and opportunities for, cultivating robust governance in large platform co-ops, such as Twitter as envisaged by the #WeAreTwitter campaign.


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”


Cooperative Economics and Civil Rights

What role did economic co-operation play in the civil rights movement? As it turns out, a huge one. This forgotten history is the focus of Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard’s recent book, Collective Courage: A History of African-American Economic Thought and Practice.


The Cooperative Platform Economy

Trebor Scholz in conversation with Yochai Benkler to celebrate the publication of Trebor’s new books, Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers are Disrupting the Digital Economy (Polity) and, co-edited with Nathan Schneider, Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet (OR Books).


Cooperatives and the Commons
Arthur Röing Baer

The platform co-op movement opens up the possibility of collective ownership to reinstate shared common resources within circular economies.


How Platform Cooperativism Can Unleash the Network
Trebor Scholz

The distrust of the dominant extractive model of the “sharing economy” is growing. Labour and logistics companies such as Uber have been criticized for eliminating democratic values such as accountability, dignity, and rights for workers. Using various examples, Scholz will introduce what he calls platform cooperativism, an Internet based on communal ownership and democratic governance. Let’s move the economy in a direction that benefits more citizens. Silicon Valley loves a good disruption; let’s give them one.


Human Co-operation

Co-operation is central to successful human societies. But why are people willing to incur the individual costs involved in co-operating?


The Internet of Ownership
Nathan Schneider

What if Uber drivers co-owned their platform, or if Facebook users could set their own terms of service? Journalist Nathan Schneider is a leading advocate for platform cooperativism — an emerging global movement to change how the online economy is owned and governed. It brings together the long tradition of democratic, co-operative enterprise with the connective potential of the Internet.


The Lost Art of Listening: The missing key to democratic and civil society participation

Jim Macnamara’s research shows many organisations do not listen, and argues that increased organisational listening is key to reinvigorating democracy and civil society


Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time

A short, practical guide for those considering worker-owned co-operatives, made by GRITtv & TESA, the Toolbox for Education and Social Action. Featuring conversations with worker-owners from Union Cab, Ginger Moon, Arizmendi Bakery, Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA), New Era Windows, and more.



Richard Sennett and Matthew Taylor discuss the rituals, pleasure, and politics of co-operation.


Working together for a cooperative future

A video that shares the experiences, challenges, and motivations of young co-operators in nine worker and social co-operatives from nine countries worldwide.


From the Centre’s Own Collection

The Co-op Principles and the Co-op Identity

Brett Fairbairn discusses The ICA Statement on the Co-operative Identity and examines the history of the co-ops values and principles, beginning with their first iteration in 1832 at the London Co-operative Congress, and notes how they change with time, adapting to the needs of each new generation.


The Founders of Credit Unions

Brett Fairbairn reflects on some of the people who are famously associated with the creation of credit unions — Raiffeisen, Schulze-Delitzsch, Desjardins, Filene, and Bergengren.


Governance Challenges at Mountain Equipment Co-op

Join Shona McGlashan as she outlines how MEC reconciles the tensions between the co-op governance structure and the needs of a dynamic, growing business in a competitive world.


The World’s Simplest Co-operative

Murray Fulton strips co-operatives and investor-owned firms down to their most fundamental aspects in order to describe the differences between the behaviours of and outcomes for these two organizational forms.

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