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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

The self-reinforcing nature of cooperation and ethical business

Meet.coop, the ethical video conferencing service, powered by renewable energy and open source software, is a great example of a business which is putting principle 6 into action, reaping the benefits of mutuality and growing the cooperative commons economy at the same time.

Meet.coop is run by a network of Operational Members from other co-ops, it procures hosting, software development and customer support from other co-ops and makes a dedicated effort to support commons building organisations in favour of conventional businesses.

People who subscribe to Meet.coop get their own online meeting rooms which they can use at any time when they subscribe via Open Collective, a platform which enables groups to quickly set up a collective, raise funds and manage them transparently without needing a bank account.

Most of Meet.coop’s business subscribers are other co-ops and the majority of individual subscribers are coop members or people that are keen to make ethical choices. In June 2021 Open Collective reciprocated Meet.coop’s use of their services and became a member of Meet.coop – highlighting the self-reinforcing effect of principle six and the growing preference for ethical alternatives.

Read the rest at The Open Co-op

 

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