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Something cool is cooking: a Vancouver Co-working Cooperative

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Image courtesy Jelly, in San DiegoA Vancouver co-working cooperative?

There’s something cool cooking in a lot of co-working spaces across the country right now. And we’d like to explore the opportunity of building a co-working cooperative in Vancouver – a space that is not only conducive to being an affordable place to work, but one that’s intentionally created on cooperative principles.

Does this have you interested? Then check out our page about this idea, and RSVP to our meeting on March 31st in East Vancouver. And read on – to learn a little bit more. Read More

Cooperating is the best kind of sharing: co-ops and the sharing economy

By | Cooperatives Work, Sharing Economy, Social Enterprise, Social Impact | 3 Comments

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Cooperating is the best kind of sharing

I think cooperating is the best kind of sharing. And sharing has been all the rage lately, with the meteoric rise of the “sharing economy,” which seems to encompass everything from AirBNB to couchsurfing to tool sharing to car sharing.

That meteoric rise of the sharing economy is really, really exciting. Since 2008, when the economy took a major stumble, people have been coming to the understanding that the economy isn’t going to benefit everyone the same way, and that sometimes the best way to make things better is to do things differently. That’s where the increased interest in the sharing economy comes from, really: the realization that we need to do business differently, and build a different economy, if we want it to be more fair, more inclusive, and better.

So when we discuss the sharing economy and cooperatives, I think the discussion starts to get really interesting. I think cooperation is the best kind of sharing, and this is important because there is no clear definition of just what the sharing economy actually is – and that runs the risk of dilution into meaninglessness.

Cooperating enables people to build shared resources and co-own them. Cooperation is an ownership model and a business model. It’s different from sharing as you might currently see in the sharing economy, but I think that cooperatives can and should lead the sharing economy. Read More