A few weeks ago I went to the Platform Coop conference in NYC. It was an interesting cross section of several circles of friends. There was my coop chums, and my nerd friends, and my free libre open source people, and the intentional community folks. Everyone who is doing cool things was there.
What follows is a dump of links and information I randomly collected in my notebook. It’s not really linear and you can just jump around picking up links and little gems.
Is it Valuable to Them!?
Get your value proposition correct. Why should I join your coop, platform, group, etc. what’s in it for me? Nail this down early. Why is your thing valuable.
There was a lot of talk about how Airbnb and Uber are bad actors who exploit their providers (the drivers and homeowners) yet again and again people said how happy those same providers were with these exploitative platforms.
Personally I think that most people have been trained to roll over and accept abuse, especially if it’s not as bad as it could be. Most people don’t seem to care who steals their data or if they get a fair cut. At least they are getting a little scratch while some big guy fucks them.
College Educated people are taking blue collar jobs.
All these over educated millennials are taking jobs that others in their cast would scoff at. Taskrabbit and house cleaning services are making it okay to work jobs that only immigrants and high school dropouts would do.
Labor Displacement, or stealing jobs from immigrants. Which is kind of funny considering how freaked out everyone seemed to be about it being the other way around. Turns out cleaning someone’s home isn’t beneath a masters in art history… This, of course, means that tech savvy young people are pushing out the working poor (they just can’t get a break).
Start with the people you want to end up with.
This is a cool idea, when you start a project consider that the people you start with might very well be the people you end up with. So you might as well pick good people.
I think this also gets into diversity of groups. If you want a diverse group you can’t start with a homogeneous one, or you can but it will be more difficult to end up with something that isn’t just as homogeneous.
Society seems to think that Monopolies are okay, but we hate cartels.
Check out OuiShare:
New economy from Europe! I love the new economy, it makes so much more sense than this current economy.
Through ownership we become free.
I don’t quite get what backfeed is, but it’s something.
DEMAND MANIPULATION FACEBOOK
The International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producers’ Cooperatives, or CICOPA, has been a sectoral organisation of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) since 1947. Its full members are representative organisations of producers’ cooperatives from different sectors: construction, industrial production, services of general interest, transport, intellectual services, artisanal activities, health, social care, etc. Its associated members are support organisations promoting cooperatives in those sectors.
This idea seems close to what Agile Learning Centers is becoming. A coop of small businesses (schools) that pool their resources to manage a central marketer who maintains branding, web, social media, etc. for the coops involved.
Business Model Canvas
This is a tool to figure out your business! I found this tool for creating it.
What is your Coop’s accountability process?
So what is the blockchain? Decentralized Digital Property. You own digital property with no need for a centralized authority to grant (or remove) access.
La`Zooz – Rideshare on the blockchain
I’ve converted their white paper into a PDF you can download here.
Distributed Collaborative Organization
Distributed Applications (read more)
“The trust web” vs “The trustless web”
There was so much more, but I am out of time now.