[NetBehaviour] Links - Anyone members of coops?

Ruth Catlow ruthcatlow at gmail.com
Sun May 5 17:30:52 CEST 2019


Wow
This is an amazing story Graziano!
Thanks for sharing.
:)

On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 12:17 PM Graziano Milano via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I’m actively involved with Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS)
> <https://www.theruss.org> which is a members-led Community Land Trust
> based in Lewisham (South East London), founded in 2009 with the aim of
> creating sustainable community-led neighbourhoods and truly affordable
> homes.
>
> It was a long and hard journey for us, but in June 2018 our first housing
> project was finally granted planning permission by Lewisham Council and
> soon after that we managed to get a £988k pre-development grant from the
> Mayor of London. Our story started a few years earlier when, after a
> campaign led by RUSS members, we successfully completed a public
> procurement process and signed a Development Agreement in April 2016 with
> Lewisham Council for a ‘community-led, affordable, self-build housing
> development’ in a derelict former school and industrial site at Church
> Grove in Ladywell, South East London.
>
> The project will provide 33 new sustainable, customised, high quality
> homes (including 5 social housing) that will be permanently affordable and
> partly self-built in order to reduce construction costs. Have a read at the Innovative
> Approach to Community-Led Housing
> <https://issuu.com/ruralurbansynthesissociety/docs/russ_prospectus>
> brochure (which I designed) for more detailed info about RUSS’s vision.
>
> In summer 2017, I also successfully led a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign
> <https://www.spacehive.com/ladywellselfbuild> to raise £50k+ to
> self-build (this summer) a community hub on the same site as a training
> facility for would-be community self-builders (may well be used for
> community arts projects as well). If you wish to find more about it, you
> can book a free ticket for the RUSS Community Hub - Build Launch Event
> <https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/russ-community-hub-build-launch-event-tickets-60878784082?fbclid=IwAR2HNnvBJGqgL-xgaSl9Cz46gtb_JgrYFL_qOYNSuHwid1emCT25OrlkiAU>
> on Wednesday 15th May.
>
> Graziano
>
> On Fri, 3 May 2019 at 10:31, Tom Keene <tom at theanthillsocial.co.uk> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>> Interesting thread.
>>
>> On Cressingham Gardens Estate where I live, we're currently setting up
>> our own tenant management organisation and explored a coop option, but as
>> we have a very complex relationship with Lambeth Council (i.e intention to
>> demolish through regeneration) the coop structure didn't seem to fit. We
>> are now about to become a Community Interest Company (CIC).
>>
>> Interestingly, Lambeth appointed itself as the UK's first 'cooperative
>> council' though in reality this is meaningless. When housing officers
>> attempted to enact a cooperative approach they didn't have a clue what it
>> meant in practice, and said as much. The officers (and councillors)
>> practice is based around tight control of information through existing
>> technical systems, though they don't particularly recognise the role of
>> technology. Weirdly, Lambeth Labour party councillors partnered and
>> campaigned under a joint Labour/Coopertive Party banner. In other words,
>> they co-opted (I do like a pun;) the term cooperative to make their
>> policies of social cleaning through urban regeneration more palatable.
>>
>> What I've learnt through my experience of housing activism (trying to
>> stop a council demolishing my home) is that multiple organisational
>> structures are required to intervene in, alter, or instigate new power
>> dynamics. On Cressingham, for example, there's a Residents Association,
>> Community Interest company, Save Cressingham Campaign (organised around an
>> anarchist model), and a formal council structure based on a written
>> constitution. Each of which presents different possibilities of action -
>> you need this fluidity or ability to participate in different structures to
>> address a problems from multiple, simultaneous, directions. This
>> multiplicity is required because they things we are dealing undergo
>> constant change which is a central problem of capitalism... Can you tell
>> i'm in the middle of my PhD writeup  ;)
>>
>> Tom
>>
>>
>> On Thu, 2 May 2019, at 10:06 PM, Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour wrote:
>>
>> Dear Julian,
>>
>> It's great to hear that you have finally got some traction for the
>> development work that you want to do. I would be v. interested to hear how
>> it goes.
>>
>> I've been interested in cooperatives as one (incomplete and partial I
>> know) route to democratising work and money flows - following the debates
>> around platform cooperatives, open cooperatives, and the Preston model
>> (where the local authority has committed to favouring local and
>> cooperatively run services in public procurement decisions, with great
>> benefits to the local economy).
>>
>> I've followed the rocky journey of Resonate to build a blockchain-based
>> cooperative music service. And what I know of their experience chimes with
>> the article when it says...
>>
>> "cooperatives are more difficult to bootstrap than corporations because
>> they don’t have access to the same capital markets. Historically, it’s been
>> a lot harder to coordinate investment from members with shared values than
>> it is to raise funds with the singular goal of maximizing profits"
>>
>> We have often entertained formalising more cooperative organisational
>> forms for Furtherfield projects, but have been put off by the
>> administrative overheads and legal complexities and costs. The potential
>> for DAOs to lighten the bureaucratic load is therefore very attractive!
>>
>> Look forward to hearing more about CoopDAO
>> :)
>> Ruth
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mon, 29 Apr 2019, 10:39 Julian Brooks, <lists at julianbrooks.net> wrote:
>>
>> Hey Ruth,
>>
>> Yeah I also found that article of interest too.
>> Insight from VC's, who'd a thunk it.
>>
>> I've been digging into Coops for the last couple of years. For me stems
>> from a visceral reaction to DAO's & 'Code as Law'. I just immediately
>> thought it'd be better to consider them more human-centric - with DAO's
>> being such a potential for collectivising power.
>>
>> So started putting this kinda mental construct together 'Cooperative
>> Autonomous Organisations', a sort of 'DAO, Coop, Mutual, Union' - type
>> structure. This was to house the participants in the music licensing /
>> smart contracts / IP-reinvention post-doc project that I have been
>> attempting to raise research funding for (unsuccessfully so far).
>>
>> I always thought the CoAO would be the trickiest part to put together,
>> and was actually planning to work in this during years 3-5 in a 5yr
>> project. After getting rejected for funding last October (working w.
>> UoMcr proposing to AHRC) I started exploring and getting involved with
>> the 'Aragon Project' community (cool people with some astonishing [&
>> really-existing] crypto tech-tools).
>>
>> A small Aragon group started seriously considering and engaging in what
>> a Cooperative DAO could be in practice. To this end I put togehter a
>> small funding proposal that was voted though by $ANT holders (the Aragon
>> token) a couple of days ago (whoop whoop!). So there'll be two of us
>> working a couple of days a week each, with additional funds for CoopDAO
>> members to also propose paid work a day p.w. to formulate and put into
>> practice what this org can actually be.
>>
>> Quite excited:)
>>
>> https://twitter.com/AragonProject/status/1122172288462356484
>>
>>
>> https://forum.aragon.org/t/agp-40-discussion-aragon-cooperative-dao-funding-proposal/783/12
>>
>> Totally agree Coops are definitely 'a thing' atm. For me, this is a very
>> good thing. Also fascinating that (Ethereum mainly?) crypto is very much
>> engaging in this too.
>>
>> I don't know where this is all going, perhaps this is what I like most.
>>
>> J.
>>
>> On 28/04/2019 15:21, Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour wrote:
>> > Thanks Rob,
>> > Full of great nuggets as always
>> >
>> >     Past, Present, Future: From Co-ops to Cryptonetworks -
>> >
>> >     https://a16z.com/2019/03/02/cooperatives-cryptonetworks/
>> >
>> >
>> > Coops seem to be on the upsurge.
>> > I'd be interested to know whether people here are already members of
>> > coops as workers or customers and if so why?
>> >
>> >
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*Furtherfield *disrupts and democratises art and technology through
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labs & debate, for deep exploration, open tools & free thinking.
furtherfield.org <http://www.furtherfield.org/>

*DECAL* Decentralised Arts Lab is an arts, blockchain & web 3.0 technologies
research hub

for fairer, more dynamic & connected cultural ecologies & economies now.

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