Steve Herrick

A blog in las Indias network

Grupo de Cooperativas de las Indias

Maxiposts

¡Hola mundo! ~ 1 ~ Jun 2016

Te damos la bienvenida a Correo de las Indias. Este es tu primer artículo. Edítalo o bórralo… ¡y comienza a publicar!

Thoughts on a commons-based magazine ~ 27 ~

This magazine will be an ongoing experiment to see if we can make any sort of a living from the digital commons.

Plan for a commons-based magazine ~ 1 ~ Jul 2016

Step one: Make a plan. Done! Well, sort of. This being a collaborative effort, suggestions are not just welcome, but pretty much required.

Workflow for a commons-based magazine ~ 2 ~ Jul 2016

Every step along the way is visible and accessible to the general public, and all tools involved are GPL software.

Funding a commons-based journal ~ 2 ~ Jul 2016

We need to rely on a broad reader base.

Prototype of a commons-based journal ~ 5 ~ Jul 2016

A very early draft.

Potential sources (so far) for a commons-based journal ~ 1 ~ Aug 2016

There are many people writing about the commons (and more still writing about co-ops). The problem is, it’s hard to say whether they’re talking to each other much. Other than citing Michel Bauwens and Elinor Ostrom and refuting Garrett Hardin, there’s not that much continuity or cross-fertilization. The language barrier isn’t the only problem going […]

Top Ten questions about a commons-based journal ~ 1 ~ Sep 2016

10. Can we agree to a workflow not only works for us, but could be adapted by others with no cost and a minimal learning curve? 9. Can we find enough content to fill it, and can we translate it? 8. Can we agree on themes for each issue? 7. What images will we use, and […]

Two new ideas ~ 1 ~ Sep 2016

Two insights this time around. First, I’m backing off from the idea of either a magazine or a journal. I don’t want to bog down in the details of formatting, images, distribution, etc. (like I was wondering about in my previous post). Instead, the focus should be on the content itself. This means running a […]

A much more specific (and simpler) workflow for a public-intelligence newsletter ~ 3 ~ Oct 2016

The simpler things are, the more people will participate in them. With that in mind, I’m abandoning the idea of using gitit, even though it’s a very cool app. The workflow for the newsletter will happen entirely in WordPress, apart from the translation process (and even that could be done there, although I don’t recommend […]

Starting to compile articles ~ 1 ~ Oct 2016

Spanish Cooperativismo y transformación social (I) Del cooperativismo de complementación al cooperativismo de transformación. Gestión, democracia participativa y rentabilidad necesaria para una economía alternativa Red Metalúrgica Cooperativa. Aportes para pensar el trabajo en red La continuidad de la empresa por sus trabajadores en el marco del juicio de quiebra. El caso de la cooperativa de […]

Interesting articles for October 25, 2016 ~ 1 ~ Oct 2016

English Commonsplace, a new podcast on the co-op movement in the US Silke Helfrich on Patterns of Commoning Open Access Week Take back the music – with Platform Coops! The Cooperative Movement vs. Global Capitalism Is the collaborative economy an opportunity for co-operatives? (original paper) Finding an Alternate Route: Towards Open, Eco-cyclical, and Distributed Production […]

Interesting articles for October 27, 2016 ~ 1 ~ Oct 2016

English The Case For #WeAreTwitter: Why Twitter-as-a-co-op might actually be a smart business idea The Italian Region Where Co-ops Produce a Third of Its GDP Digital Economy and the Rise of Open Cooperativism: The Case of the Enspiral Network The Case for “Disruptive Normality” Building the Cooperative Internet Spanish La hemeroteca completa de la revista […]

Interesting articles for October 28, 2016 ~ 5 ~ Oct 2016

English Patterns of Commoning: Eight Design Principles for Successful Commons Announcing: A European Commons Assembly They don’t want us to do this! Spanish La Economía Social y Solidaria en el contexto de las políticas de austeridad Portuguese Para onde caminham as cooperativas de trabalho da Economia Solidária? Uma análise baseada nos Mapeamentos dos Empreendimentos Solidários […]

Interesting articles for October 31, 2016 ~ 9 ~ Oct 2016

English Get involved: Youth Cooperative Entrepreneurship campaign Peer-to-Peer Digital Networking: How the Internet Should Work SAMA becomes first Fairtrade-certified gold co-operative in Africa About Make Works Self-Empowerment Through Cooperative Enterprise: Two Examples of Cooperative Business in Rural Latin America (Spanish-language video subtitled in English) Cooperatives uniquely poised to reboot Madagascar’s vanilla industry Colombian co-operatives continue […]

Cooperativism and social transformation (I) ~ 1 ~

The founders understood that they had to be very rigorous in making cooperative businesses economically profitable, because that was essential for workers to improve their living conditions.

Interesting articles for November 1, 2016 ~ 1 ~ Nov 2016

English #BuyTwitter? German newspaper Taz has been there, done that. Mondragon promotional video A Commons Approach to the Challenges of Our Time Spanish COOPERATIVISMO DE PLATAFORMA: Desafiando la economía colaborativa corporativa  

Interesting articles for November 2, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

English Rojava’s Social Economy: an eyewitness account We Are All Leaders Here! How Democratic Leadership Makes Us More Powerful The privilege of being privileged Mexico’s Indigenous Groups Start Telecom Co-op after Being Refused Service The next digital economy: Why refusing to grow is better business Why is Open Hardware Inherently Sustainable Empowering women in Costa […]

Interesting articles for November 3, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

English Our view: New technologies can ensure co-operatives are the true alternative Faircoin may offer a fairer and more stable way for co-ops to trade internationally than traditional currencies and markets. Puede que el Faircoin ofrezca una manera más justa y estable de hacer el intercambio international que las monedas y los mercados tradicionales. A […]

Interesting articles for November 4, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

English Toward an open cooperativism, by David Bollier A long but highly recommended piece on the importance of co-ops and commons to each other, and the practical steps we can take to promote both. Un artículo largo pero muy recomendado sobre la importancia de las cooperativas al procomún y vice-versa, y los pasos concretos que […]

Common Interests ~ 2 ~ Nov 2016

There’s no indication that early members of the modern cooperative movement viewed their co-ops as the commons reborn—indeed, they might well have denied it—but the purposes and practices show a strong continuity.

Interesting articles for November 7, 2016 ~ 0 ~

English Indigenous co-op development In Saskatchewan. En Saskatchewan, Canadá Posts in “Patterns of Commoning” The P2P Foundation is serializing the entire book Patterns of Commoning here. La Fundación P2P está publicando en serie el libro entero “Patterns of Commoning” aquí. Walmart Vs. Food Co-ops: Taking Back Our Food Chain Food co-ops focus on local, sustainable […]

Interesting articles for 8 November, 2016 ~ 7 ~ Nov 2016

The Untold Story of the Evergreen Cooperatives To really understand where the Evergreen Cooperatives stand today and how they got there, we have to first address the reality — then and now, surrounding the so-called «Cleveland Model». Para realmente entender donde están las Cooperativas de Evergreen y como llegaron, primeramente tenemos que abordar la realidad—la […]

Interesting articles for November 8, 2016 ~ 0 ~

Cooperativas de trabajo protagonistas en la movilización del 4N – Agencia de Noticias ANSOL Cooperativas de trabajo protagonistas en la movilización del 4N Worker co-ops play a major role in union demonstrations on 11/4 in Buenos Aires Let’s Build the Next Twitter Like the Green Bay Packers For Nathan Schneider, the future of Twitter is […]

Interesting articles for November 9, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

Un compás ético para la economía colaborativa Sería una pena tener que tirar a la basura todo el concepto, que tanto camino ha recorrido, simplemente porque se usa de manera laxa, ambigua y a veces directamente maliciosa. It would be a shame to throw out the whole concept of a sharing economy, which has come […]

Interesting articles for November 12, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

Closing the Funding Gap for Worker Cooperatives One of the things that has always been the hardest about financing cooperatives is finding lenders or finding investors that understand the uniqueness of the structure. Una de las cosas más difíciles en cuanto a financiar las cooperativas es hallar prestadores o inversores que entienden lo único de […]

What I wish the Rochdale Pioneers had done differently ~ 1 ~ Nov 2016

When production becomes ethical, consumption becomes ethical automatically. More importantly, we can spend our days working ethically, not just a few minutes a week buying ethically.

Interesting articles for November 15, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

Co-operatives can help curb global inequality – Business – NZ Herald News New Zealand has become a global leader helping create resilient programmes Nueva Zelanda se ha convertido en líder global en crear programas resilientes. Jovica Kuzmanoski – Medium Collaborative economy as a socio-economic trend based on the concepts of e-business, its impact and the […]

Interesting articles for November 16, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

Towards An Open Social Economy on Livestream Work on the commons and cooperation, on collaborative and learning organizations, FOSS, peer production, and a broader set of disciplines and practices that have developed over the past twenty years provide the foundations of a more decentralized, self-governed, socially-embedded model of market society. El trabajo sobre el procomún, […]

Interesting articles for November 17, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

Argentina: Vecinos crearon una cooperativa de consumo para dar batalla a la inflación Ofrece una canasta básica con un 40% de ahorro respecto a los precios de los supermercados locales. Neighbors created a supermarket that offers basic goods at 40% less than local supermarkets. L’OIT alerte sur les dangers des nouveaux « emplois atypiques » Sharing is […]

Interesting articles for November 18, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

Hope For Imagining a World Beyond Corporate Control The commons is not just a battlefield between corporate predators and those who resist them – it is also a source of hope for those willing to imagine a world beyond capitalism. El procomún no es solo un campo de batalla entre los predadores corporativos y quienes […]

Interesting articles for November 21, 2016 ~ 8 ~ Nov 2016

Platform Cooperativism conference in the shadow of Trump Scholz: After the election I thought that I should cancel the conference and instead hold another on what we must do now, but then I realised that Platform Cooperativism is part of what we must do now. To come up with cooperative solutions to the crises we […]

The understanding of work and the work of understanding ~ 1 ~

A cooperative and communal view of the world is not an escapist or idealized view. I’m not suggesting we retreat to the woods to dance around campfires, or to ivory towers to deconstruct meaning.

Interesting articles for November 22, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

Pierre Thomé : quel avenir pour les communs ? Introducing Coop Talk: A Letter from the Editor The emerging new politics will work for democratizing enterprises, and thereby the economy. In place of hierarchical, top-down autocratic enterprise organizations, it will advance worker cooperatives. La nueva política emergente trabajará para democratizar las empresas, y así la […]

Interesting articles for November 23, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

Ours To Hack and To Own: a Review I work at Loomio (a kind of platform co-op) and Enspiral (a kind of co-op platform), so Trebor offered me a sneak peek at the book so I could offer my thoughts. Trabajo en Loomio (una suerte de cooperativa de plataforma) y Enspiral (una suerte de plataforma […]

Interesting articles for November 24, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Nov 2016

Poner en valor los Procomunes Invisibles Los procomunes invisibles son todos esos vínculos, prácticas, fetiches y recursos no-monetarios, modos de hacer que (para bien o para mal) hemos asimilado en nuestra práctica colectiva y que hacen sostenible la vida en común. The invisible commons are all the links, practices, fetishes, non-monetary resources, and ways of […]

Common interests: co-ops and commons ~ 8 ~ Nov 2016

The democratic and socially conscious nature of co-ops make the knowledge commons a natural fit for us. A co-op is essentially a commons within itself already, and participating in the global knowledge commons is a very fitting next step.

A news commons ~ 1 ~ Dec 2016

If we stop treating news as “intellectual property” that has to be protected and start treating it as a commons that protects us, journalism can regain the respect it deserves.

Common Interests: commons and co-ops ~ 4 ~ Dec 2016

Like the commons, co-ops are organized around consistent and well-defined principles, and decision-making power is in the hands of the people affected by those decisions. Unlike the commons, however, co-ops are market actors.

Interview with David de Ugarte, part one: Where did the commons come from? ~ 5 ~ Dec 2016

The question today is how the old commons, above all those based on work, can take advantage of the opportunity provided by the “new” digital commons.

How are cooperatives and the commons alike? ~ 0 ~ Dec 2016

Worker cooperativism has to recover the old mutual objectives to be an alternative to the poisonous game of over-scaled capitalism.

Interesting articles for December 14, 2016 ~ 0 ~ Dec 2016

How Rural Residents Are Switching from Employees to Business Owners The retirement of the baby boom generation of business proprietors is predicted to result in a major turnover in ownership. Developing an ownership succession plan is especially challenging in rural areas. La jubilación de propietarios de negocios de la generación del “baby boom” va a […]

Does the commons mean sacrifice? ~ 0 ~

This is part three in my interview with David de Ugarte. Today, I ask: Should participation in the commons be understood as a sacrifice, or rather, does it bring advantages?

A practical example of the commons: free software ~ 0 ~ Dec 2016

Small producers in all sectors cannot leave the commons and distributed networks aside.

The relationship between the physical and digital commons ~ 0 ~ Dec 2016

What’s most important today? To join the physical and digital commons, cooperativism and commons, and do it from the very beginning.

The digital commons in the age of fake news ~ 0 ~ Dec 2016

Putting information in the commons doesn’t make sharing happen so much as formally recognize that it’s been happening all along, and encourage others to improve on it.

Why we don’t have a digital commons ~ 4 ~ Jan 2017

The problem with building the digital commons isn’t that people don’t use a variety of open licenses. It’s that they do.

Preventing digital enclosure ~ 0 ~ Jan 2017

The commons isn’t something we have, it’s something we do.

Reinventing the Popular University ~ 2 ~ Jan 2017

We’ve come up with a formula and a practice that we believe is capable of making up for what’s been lost with the end of the University as a place of humanistic learning and a natural space for the development of personal autonomy.

A truncated “cooperativism” for millennials? ~ 0 ~ Jan 2017

“Platform cooperativism” is a truncated version of cooperativism. If we want to conquer work to reconquer life, we must not fear life and try to protect ourselves from it, but embrace it.