What is a coop?


-What is a co-op

-Am I a co-op

-Benefits of co-ops


The term Co-operative has two meanings.

A legal meaning, as a formal business structure, defined by law.

A Co-operative is a business or organization that is owned and operated by the people who work there or the people who use its services

Cooperative - players working together to achieve a common objective


Cooperatives may include: 

• non-profit community organizations 

• businesses owned and managed by the people who use their services (a consumer cooperative) 

• organisations managed by the people who work there (worker cooperatives) 

• organisations managed by the people to whom they provide accommodation (housing cooperatives) 

• hybrids such as worker cooperatives that are also consumer cooperatives or credit unions 

• multi-stakeholder cooperatives such as those that bring together civil society and local actors to deliver community needs 

• second- and third-tier cooperatives whose members are other cooperatives


What are the different and unique legal structures for a coop?

What are the alternative possible legal structures for an organisation?

What are the pro and cons of each?

What is a commons?

Commons are resources that are collectively owned (or not owned by anyone). This can include everything from land to ideas. Commons is one key way to ensure that everyone has access to the basic resources of life such as clean air, water, food, land, housing and healthcare. Education, culture, and information can also be made part of the commons. (from p30 http://movementgeneration.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/JT_booklet_English_SPREADs_web.pdf)

What is a community based enterprise and how is it different?


How to register

Registering a co-op

Templates / Forms





Co-op Governance


Insurance, how it works, when do you need it and what are the implications

Legal Definitions & differences

Business Structure

Book-keeping Obligations

Government Bodies




Online links & Recommended reading material

Primer on Commons



3 lessons for Bitcoiners from an old school monetary activist.

Money should not be a commodity but only a mechanism to trade value.

A proposal to use mutual credit on a blockchain to build a new financial system from the bottom up, called the Credit Commons, which the author, Matthew Slater, briefly describes in the talk below.



Richard D. Bartlett from Enspiral went looking for groups around the world that share power equally

What makes a group succeed or fail? Here’s his excellent learning insights:

Patterns for Decentralised Governance

1. intentionally produce counter culture

2. systematically distribute care labour

3. make explicit norms and boundaries

4. keep talking about power

5. make inclusive decisions cheaply

6. balance agility and chaos with rhythm

7. write your own laws

see Richard speak to these at re:publica conference in Dublin. He starts explaining these patterns 10mins in

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN3K7qrBBpA 28mins


Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm - David Bollier

“Even in the best circumstances, conventional policy systems tend to be legalistic, expensive, expert-driven, bureaucratically inflexible, and politically corruptible, which make them a hostile vehicle for serious change “from the bottom.”"

Commoning requires dialogue and participative processes.

"Commoning regenerates people’s social connections with each other and with “nature.” It helps build new aspirations and identities. By giving people significant new opportunities for personal agency that go well beyond the roles of consumer, citizen, and voter, the commons introduces people to new social roles that embody wholesome cultural values and entail both responsibility and entitlement.”

“Commoners negotiate their own rules of access and use, assign responsibilities and entitlements, set up monitoring systems to identify and penalize free riders, among other acts to maintain the commons.”

The “next system” will have to embrace peer cooperation on distributed networks to do work that bureaucracy cannot perform well. This is not a matter of “reinventing government,” but a matter of integrating production, governance, and bottom-up participation into new sorts of commons institutions.



Can Co-ops displace the Gig economy?


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