Watch this video to learn the basics of the decentralized web that is being created using IPFS.
Watch this interview with Matthew Liu Co-Founder of Origin Protocol. Origin is a protocol for creating peer-to-peer marketplaces using the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS. The Inter Planetary File System, IPFS, enables the decentralized web where information is content addressable rather than using IP addresses. Learn more about peer to peer marketplaces and plans for partners […]
The video below is set to start with Jason Wiener’s description of legal structures. However, we do recommend that you watch the whole video and learn from Nathan Schneider in Part 1.
Learn about the founding and growth of the Fifth Street Brewpub in Dayton, Ohio and the development of their co-op brewpub. Cooperatives cant take many forms including worker owned cooperatives or member owned cooperatives. In this case, the Fifth Street Brewpub offers some insights into how members financed the startup and integrated their business into […]
Jen and Manoush discover the premise and promise of blockchain technology. Turns out it could accomplish a lot more than just making Bitcoin speculators stupid rich. But now they have a LOT of questions. Should they stake their careers on the blockchain? How can they explain it without sounding like techno-utopians who have bought into […]
We are recommending Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition That Is Shaping the Next Economy as the first book on our reading list. Nathan Schneider, along with Trebor Scholz coined the term Platform Cooperativism and started the Platform Coop conferences in 2015. Here is the review from Google Books: The origins of the next radical […]
A coop or cooperative is an organization that is run democratically by the members. A cooperative can be composed of buyers or sellers or both. Cooperatives can assume various legal structures and be a non profit or a for profit. Watch this video for an introduction to the concept of platform coop and details about […]
Our learning community is building a platform coop. Watch this video to get a basic introduction to the concept and benefit of creating a platform. However this video does not cover the inclusion of a cooperative or democratic governance.
We Wanted to be Like a Medieval Craftsman’s Guild and the local Food Co-op I was a co-founder and the Executive Director of “small systems guild” (yes, all lower case) in Ann Arbor, Michigan (1986 – 88). We were modeled after the Guilds of Medieval craftsmen. We were about 60 Macintosh programmers, who also liked […]