Co-ops, commons & Communities Canberra is here to provide ongoing support and resources for new and existing organisations who align with our goals in Canberra and its surrounds.
These goals are:
- To invent, facilitate, implement and support resilient ways of providing for our needs, while recognising the natural limits inherent to the places we live, and designing our new systems within those limits.
- To invent, facilitate, implement and support ways of providing equality amongst all humans, and a fair and decent life for all.
- To begin this change at the local level, scaling up to broader community horizons as local needs are progressively met, providing that the skills and resources to do so are available.
- To make the designs, results and methods we work on as easy as possible to share with and distribute to others who share the same goals, to help them set up their own similar groups.
- To communicate clearly and accessibly with the general public about why these changes (see 1 and 2) are a good thing, and why they are necessary.
- To work alongside other groups who can help us further our goals.
- To use the patterns of the Natural World as a guide in our design work - “What would Nature do?”
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We meet monthly on the last Monday of the month, at 6pm. The meetings last for one hour, and are a place we can update each other about current projects, and discuss related issues.
Following the meeting at 7pm is either a film screening or a talk, we take a gold coin donation in order to support independent filmmakers through buying their films to screen.
Current projects include:
- The Prepower Renewable Energy Cooperatives: In collaboration with Pingala Co-op (amongst others) Kevin Cox is pioneering a new form of self-funding cooperative. Prepower One has been formed, and is in the process of being built into the first of many renewable enrgy cooperatives. The unique self-funding model is transferrable to other sectors, which will be developed in the future.
See these websites for further information:
- Farmart farming cooperatives: Inspired by the recent sale of some local organic farms, Co-Canberra is developing models for ensuring the succession of organic farms can run smoothly, transferring the ownership from the existing farmer to a farming Co-operative which is owned in common by the farmers and the customers. Providing a secure place for farmers to collaborate, brining in young farmers and developing the art of farming to fully utilise our ecological inheritance in a productive, multi enterprise whole farm system. This Project is collaborating with the Organic and Regenerative Investment Cooperative (ORIcoop).