Mutual support network of people engaged in reciprocal exchange of services, skills, and goods through a timebank where the currency is an hour of time for everyone. Through membership in the Kola Nut Collaborative, people create and strengthen community bonds, create economic freedom by providing an alternative means to get needs and desires met, and encourage creativity in redefining self-sufficiency, interdependence and valuation of time.
The Arizmendi Association is itself a cooperative made up of nine member businesses: six cooperative bakeries, a landscape design/build cooperative, a construction cooperative and a development and support collective. Members share a common mission, share ongoing accounting, legal, educational and other support services, and support the development of new member cooperatives by the Association.
Cargonomia is a degrowth experiment between three socially and environmentally conscious small enterprises operating in or near Budapest. Partners within the project include Cyclonomia Do it Yourself Bicycle Social Cooperative, Zsamboki Biokert, an organic vegetable farm and sustainable agriculture community education center which distributes weekly vegetable boxes to food communities in Budapest, and Kantaa, a self organized bike messenger and delivery company.
Ampled offers an equitable alternative to music subscription services. It is a platform that allows artists to be directly supported by their community without intermediaries or gatekeepers. They are rooted in transparency and ethics, while being 100% democratically governed and owned by artist, workers, and the community.
DC Childcare Collective started in 2005 to offer free childcare for social justice grassroots organizing meetings. They advocate to make childcare accessible for women of color and low income residents who are usually disproportionately affected by lack of resources. Providing a safe and engaging space for the children of activists allows them to focus on their important work.
Ganas Community started in 1979 with the intention of figuring out ways to establish effective communication with one another. As membership evolves, so does learning ways of cooperation, caring for one another, and sharing resources. Their purpose is to bring reason and emotion together in daily problem solving in order to create their world, with love, the way they want it to be.
Born out of the workers struggle, Mensakas delivery service offers an alternative to the exploitation of freelance work in the gig economy. They provide social insurances, sustainable delivery options, and circulation of wealth in the local economy. Their core values are rooted in responsible and local consumption, cooperation, and community good.
Loomio is an open-sourced software built by a worker-owned cooperative social enterprise. It was developed out of the belief that inclusive decision making can change organizational dynamics at a global scale. It offers discussion tools that make it easy for anyone, anywhere, to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
What if there was a restaurant where there was $0 on the menu, your meal was a gift from someone who came before you, and to keep the chain of giving alive you pay it forward? Karma Kitchen is a volunteer run restaurant incorporating the gift economy model. Your food is served as a genuine labor of love and invites guests to participate in the circle of giving.
Eva is a ride-share platform cooperative that started in Montreal where it is the second largest ride-share application after Uber. It offers an alternative to Uber where members are prioritized — rider members get a cheaper price and driver members get better wages. Eva is based on a social franchise model, which drivers and rider members own the cooperative in each city and operates using a unique blockchain app.