Learning objectives:


Jonathan Dawson - new wave of disruption Guardian article


What then can I do? - Gar Alpovitz


Owning is the new sharing - Shareable/YES magazine


Open Co-ops: Inspiration, Legal Structures and Tools


Transition community scale stuff in response…

“"for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil and global economic downturn) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"

Nice principle from parecon:

“all persons should have a say in decisions proportionate to the degree to which they are affected by them” -> multi-stakeholder co-ops


Somerset Rules

FairShares Model

Saturday 15th August 2015 - workshop with Josef Davies-Coates

Module Objective: What emerging ownership, governance and exchange innovations reflect the new economy?

- Understand the co-operative, commons and open-co-op movements, and their significance in the wider context and new economy movement

10:00-10:15   opening morning practice (get everyone to introduce themselves for Josef, Janosch and Mark) Chloe - what is our definition of new economics so far?

10:15-10:20    Amrita to introduce the module, place this in the context of the program
- the next 2 days we will look at the leading edge of the new economy as it is emerging in practice

The importance of ownership structures, the commons, etc (take from thesis)

Today “the commons” encompasses the world of seed saving, community-supported agriculture, peer production, fab-labs and hacker spaces, distributed manufacturing, co-production, open source, copyleft (as opposed to copyright), creative commons licenses, the collaborative and sharing economy, and the social and solidarity economy.”

We will be exploring some of the above over this weekend.

The space between public and private -- going beyond the ‘binaries’ of public/private responses to the crises ---> grassroots community led innovation that is challenging the whole paradigm

 “that realm of community self-organisation that is mediated neither by the market nor the state.” - Jonathan Dawson

Remember: no answers, only interesting things emerging with different values & worldview, but let’s also be critical

(Also, today is an experiment! We haven’t tried this before, so hopefully we’ve planned it well….)

10:20 - 10:30   Josef to introduce himself briefly

Josef Journey’s… intelligent (systemic) responses to climate, energy, economic uncertainty (system problems)… = co-ops & commons (new systems)

what excites me

why I’m passionate

what I do

what I’ve been involved in

10:30-11:30   What is the new economy in practice?

Basic introduction and overview of the co-operative, commons and open-co-op movement (maybe an example of each to illustrate?)

Intro to Co-ops:

Definition: what is a cooperative?


“A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.”

Co-operative values  

“Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.”

Co-operative Principles  

The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.  

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
    Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
  2. Democratic Member Control
    Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
  3. Member Economic Participation
    Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
  4. Autonomy and Independence 
    Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.  
  5. Education, Training and Information
    Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.  
  6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
    Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.  
  7. Concern for Community
    Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

Co-op identity:

Principles 1-4: make you a co-ops

Principles 5-7: make you part of the movement

History: Rochdale Pioneers 1844

Today: size and challenges

In UK: 6000 co-ops, 15 million members. £37B

why are they important today and in the context of new economics?

more members than shareholders

employ more people than MNCs

Co-op survival rate. community shops survival

Twice as many co-ops survive first 5 years

Intro to Commons:

David Bollier's excellent book Think Like a commoner define a commons as

= a resource + a community + a set of social protocols


"a commons is = a resource + a community + a set of social protocols. The three are an integrated, interdependent whole" p15

"commons =  resources + community + the rules and norms for managing them" p141

"a commons arises whenever a given community decides it wishes to manage a resource in a collective manner, with special regard to equitable access, use and sustainability." p175

Linux/ Wikipedia

Community Land Trusts, Housing, food, energy

& their convergence:


Ostrom: “democratic management of commons isn't just possible, but normal.”


Ostrom’s 8 Principles:

8 Principles for Managing a Commons  


  1. Define clear group boundaries.
  2. Match rules governing use of common goods to local needs and conditions.
  3. Ensure that those affected by the rules can participate in modifying the rules.
  4. Make sure the rule-making rights of community members are respected by outside authorities.
  5. Develop a system, carried out by community members, for monitoring members’ behavior.
  6. Use graduated sanctions for rule violators
  7. Provide accessible, low-cost means for dispute resolution.
  8. Build responsibility for governing the common resource in nested tiers from the lowest level up to the entire interconnected system.

Open co-ops

P2P Foundation recommendations for the new era of open cooperativism:

  1. That coops need to be statutorily (internally) oriented towards the common good
  2. That coops need to have governance models including all stakeholders
  3. That coops need to actively co-produce the creation of immaterial and material commons
  4. That coops need to be organized socially and politically on a global basis, even as they produce locally

convergence of co-op & commons…



Case studies - to weave in to the above intro’s


Arizmendi Association

Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives

Italian networks

Japanese networks

Radical Routes - incl meta co-op plan


AltGen - freelancers co-op

Students for Co-operation - network of student housing co-ops

Why are these so significant and important in paving the way for a new paradigm?

A case study to get us started - virtual tour of Organiclea

Open Day last Sunday of each month 12pm – 4pm.

3 great short videos:

quick break?


---- Off we go - leave for cycle tour - pick up Boris bikes from Wormwood Street docking station -----

Further things to discuss during the day:

So, if we finish morning bit at 12:30, and assume 2 hours for cycling that leaves 2.5 hours for stops at projects or 5 x 30mins

0: START: St Ethelburgas EC2N 4AG


10 mins to get bikes? then

12 min cycle to:


1: St Lukes Community Centre EC1V 8AJ http://www.slpt.org.uk/ 

stop for 5 mins

then 8 min cycle to:


2: Trew Era Cafe N1 5QA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trew_Era_Cafe 

stop for 1hr for lunch and resilience mapping

then 3 min cycle to:


3: Hive Dalston E8 4DG https://hivedalston.wordpress.com 

ex squatters gone legal -

stop for 20 mins

then 6 min cycle to:


4: Hackney City Farm E2 8QA http://hackneycityfarm.co.uk/ 

stop for 5 mins

then 1 minute cycle to


5: London Hackspace E2 9DY https://london.hackspace.org.uk/ 

stop for 30 mins

then 1 min cycle to:


6: Calverts http://www.calverts.coop/ 

stop for 5 mins

then 19 min cycle to:


7: East London Community Land Trust E3 4NW http://www.eastlondonclt.co.uk/ 

stop for 30 mins

then 30 min cycle to:

on way: stop and look over at North Greenwich are realise we’re looking at the Jubilee Line:

The Crosscity line financing lessons look like they are going to repeat those of the Jubilee line extensions in the 1990’s? One lesson is that the uplift in land values captured for a few landowners will be a number of times greater that the cost of the project.

In the case of the Jubilee line the windfall gains arising in land within 1000 yards of each of the eleven new stations was £13 billion while the cost was £3.5 billion - less than a third of the cost. Don Riley reported this result in his 2001 book, "Being Taking for a Ride".


8: Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency SE10 9QF http://gcda.org.uk/ 

stop for 30 mins

then 10 min cycle to:


9: Sanford Housing Co-op SE14 6NB http://www.sanfordcoop.org/ 

stop for 30 mins

then 1 min cycle to:


10: Ceramics Studio SE14 5RW - Workers Co-op http://www.ceramicsstudio.coop/ 

stop for 5 mins

then 6 min cycle to:


11: END: The Field SE14 5HD - Commons   http://thefieldnx.com/ 

Nearest Santander Cycle then about 15 min ride up Old Kent Road, or about 20 mins away back to north side of Greenwich footpath.

Some of us might then carry on to London’s only co-ops pub The Ivy House in Nunhead SE15 3BE http://www.ivyhousenunhead.com/ for a drink.

Or to Burgess Park for end of free music festival?


Building Bloqs http://buildingbloqs.com/ 

Remakery http://remakery.org/ 

Hornbeam http://www.hornbeam.org.uk/ 

Blackhorse Workshop http://www.blackhorseworkshop.co.uk/ 

Brixton Cycles http://www.brixtoncycles.co.uk/ 

Farm:shop http://farmlondon.weebly.com/ 

Rara http://r-a-r-a.com/ 

Hackney CDA http://www.hced.co.uk/ 

Ivy House http://www.ivyhousenunhead.com/ 

Common House http://www.commonhouse.org.uk/ 

The Drive http://thedrive.coop/ 

Cycle Training UK http://www.cycletraining.co.uk/ - can’t go this time