I cut and pasted Michel Bauwens facebook posts below.


First, their section on labor first, ,https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Category:Labor and that on cooperativeshttps://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Category:Cooperatives , including one on Platform Cooperatives, https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Category:Platform…


this would typically contain important reports such as this last one here, from Pat Conaty and colleagues,https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Trade_Union_and… ; which is also covered in a section focusing on the new networked solidarity mechanisms, herehttps://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Category:P2P_Solidarity, which we call ‘commonfare’


more directly connected to digtal coops, we favour ‘open cooperatives’ which are structurally allied to creating and maintaining commons, and use multistakeholder governance models,https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Open_Cooperatives ; I find the Fair Shares model of great interest as well,https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/New_Cooperativism_and_the…


we also maintain, too inadequately for sure, directories of free software coops,https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Free_Software_Cooperatives, worker-owned tech coops, etc ..https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Worker-Owned_Tech_Collectives

Birmingham, UK 

Birmingham Town Hall  2013 – 2016 Mission Roadmap [this covers the prototyping work we have been doing..in the last 2 years] and the systems focused accelerator we are doing in Birmingham, 


Also the following is link to the Radical ChildCare Accelerator we are running too – systems focused – as opposed to just enterprise orientated – https://birmingham.impacthub.net/mission/radicalchildcare/

Thought Pieces from our Impact Hub Birmingham/Townhalls work.

Some writing on our mission / thought from the last year that may be of specific interest.

1 Mission Learnings: https://birmingham.impacthub.net/2015/05/17/1-mission-3-stories-5-lessons-5-plans/

2 Relational Openness / Open Companies: https://birmingham.impacthub.net/2015/05/17/impact-hub-birmingham-an-ropen-company/

3 Building Communities of the Future: https://birmingham.impacthub.net/2015/06/22/build-communities-future/

4 Open Making: https://birmingham.impacthub.net/2015/09/09/making-things-in-the-open/

5 Power of Us: https://birmingham.impacthub.net/2015/10/08/power-of-us/

6. TownHalls for Social Change: https://medium.com/hub-engine/town-halls-for-social-change-d430d42b9243?source=linkShare-fc285852de98-1465243123

7. The Challenge of Massive Change: https://medium.com/hub-engine/the-challenge-of-massive-change-ed97b591aaa2?source=linkShare-fc285852de98-1465243311

Indy Johar 


Co-Founder & Executive Director of Project00DarkMatterLabsImpact Hub Birmingham; Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield & Senior Innovation Associate Young Foundation 

Project00 is the Research, Design & Start-Up Studio behind  Architecture00Dark Matter Laboratories Impact Hub BirminghamImpact Hub Brixton  Impact Hub IslingtonImpact hub Westminster.  Opendesk.ccWikiHouse.cc; +++ amongst other organisations. 

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I know where I would put the $100 million from MacArthur in and around our projects. I’ve thought about it. Instantly build out Rodney Foxworth’s $30 million philanthropic evergreen fund that operates out of the Impact Hub Baltimore that he leads. We want hubs to be the center of a community wealth building movement in their cities, with funds to invest. That’s enough to make a difference, if you leverage it wisely. Rodney  has shown he knows how to bring in multiple layers and sectors of support, so he’s the perfect person to try that fund at fast. Maybe in conversation with MacArthur’s other $100m bet, in Chicago that also has this same kind of fund in the middle of it. That money would make micro-businesses, sole proprietorships and small businesses and startups able to launch. We expect he will do this in combination and sometimes coordination withThe Runway Project , which is a tools and co creation network of a few pilots to solve the friends and  family gap for African Americans. 

Then I would put up half of the $3m that Derrick Braziel needs to build out his identically profiled fund in Cincinnati to support Mortar’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. I would build a sales team to sell the above market certificate of deposit being created by Napoleon Wallace to invest in entrepreneurs in your communities helping themselves, and bootstrapping themselves upward.

I’d do that in communities with Impact Hubs in our network, seeding a new kind of investing happening at hubs, and helping them become centers of community wealth building, with inclusive wealth seen as the foundation for the whole community to be wealthy and healthy. Indy Johar has best codified this approach through is work on Impact Hub Birmingham, UK with Imandeep Kaur.

We could use $12 million or so on that, the engagement needs to be deep and built off a holistic analysis of the wicked problem we are tackling in trying to work with the poorest part of the population, and using the sales as a bridge building thing for black and white people in town; they would both invest in the neighborhoods. We’d probably sell it with networks of students like door to door Bible salesmen; those networks of motivated students making money for college work well. They they could follow with a SOCAPLocal event, where they want to commit to making some measureable collective impact  within 18 months after the event. So the event has to be timed within the growth of the community putting it on, for when they think are 18 months away from showing something worth measuring. And they would join the learning network when they engage, not when they put on their SOCAPLocal event.

That seeds the ground for us to build the philanthropic evergreen funds, in  each place, on top of that installed based of cd owners who’ve acted their way into a new way of thinking. And Runway Projects and Impact Hubs that have evolved into town halls for community  wealth building would be perfect partners helping guide the funds to under represented entrepreneurs and provide the support to do it well. The multicultural merchant bank led by Sidney Hargro would be able to deal with the institutional players we will be partnering with as this starts to work, if it does.

The Runway Project needs attention and capital. We could replicate the runway project all across the country, and that’s another $25 million, to really build the network in the way that would create an easily replicated (though not easily implemented, of course) models of creating community wealth, using our analysis and strategy and action tools coupled with friends and family gap crossing tools. The Runway Project would ride on top of the CD buyers network in Impact Hub communities  where people had seen, lots of the city had seen, that you really can invest in justice and make money. We could build the SOCAPLocal or Neighborhood Economics Network event off of that movement and rippling epiphany. And the evergreen philanthropic fund fits in; in Cincinnati, it came before the wealth building hub, in Baltimore, the Impact Hub came first. Either way the hubs need to be platforms for community wealth building and town halls for social change as Indy calls them.

Using the financial tool that changes the way people think, we end up, through the events, creating a low cost, low friction network of resilient communities, sharing what works and what doesn’t. As we get to 20 of these SOCAPLocal sites some might evolve into the same kind of thing as our deep tight pilot network of three  sites and three people helping the entrepreneur working with black businesses with Rodney, Derrick and Jason as our focus.  I’m ready to work on it and use it as at least a way to build the story.

I am focusing on how to tell the story to white allies, if that wasn’t clear before. That’s where I am focusing. And applying for that grant and getting into the white philanthropic places, global philanthropy forum, which is important but I never really paid attention to. I could go out and kind of campaign in the philanthropic world for this. I don’t know how to do it but people do that all the time.  That may not be the right approach. Sidney, I need help thinking about this from your foundation world view. Or maybe Jessica leads the philanthropic ask, since she’s done it well. I just know I am ready to go out and sell

I’d keep the rest for follow on investments or infrastructure building in a more long term play. 

Applying for that $100 million might be a great way to crystalize our story. Jessica and Sidney, you know my Neighborhood Economics partner Tim. Mathew is working with me on some tools to codify our story; something I need. He suggested we apply for the $100 million.

I’d love to develop a set of cards around the SOCAPLocal three part model. A network of places using the model. This is an idea still in formation. 

Imagine a network of communities putting on their own SOCAPLocal events. They commit to the Community Wealth discovery and analysis tasks; asking four question. What’s working, what’s broken, what’s missing and what’s ready to take off. Having found number four, that group gathers it’s own multidisciplinary stakeholders and becomes the connective tissue in that area that’s ready to take off locally. In Washington,DC that is food systems with access. At the Impact Hub in Belgrade, Serbia, it’s connecting the ecosystem in the region and within the country. In Cincinnatti it was investing in marginalized entrepreneur support, through Mortar and Derrick Braziel and his team.

Other local teams working on the event could connect with the  Runway Project, started by Jessica Norwood of Emerge Change, powered by Neighborhood Economics to work on what’s broken and find a way to help the smartest poor entrepreneurs get into the game.

 Then imagine we create a card deck to walk the SOCAPLocal group working through the process and model of discovery, analysis and action plan  in the run up to their event. It also includes how to do stranger discovery leading to the formation of unlikely allies. That is one thing that SOCAP does as a unique and core methodology; helping you find the local valuable stranger. Your local Samaritans. Help them start businesses and create wealth.

 There is lots of potential for a card deck around the three part analysis, strategy and action plan to create community wealth in your community.  We are likely selling SOCAPLocal as a $5k license to each city that wants to bring the feeling of SOCAP to a wealth creating focused event, that would help local people engage their community to create community wealth, after the event, and be on a peer learning network with the other people using the same analysis, strategy and operations guide we will create. 

We made a set of cards with Dave Gray of Xplane that were really useful for explaining Good Capital back a decade ago. Joy Anderson of Criterion was part of that, as was Tim Freundlich. I didn’t have to use them after I had a couple of portfolio companies to show them, but they would have long term value across the network; people would make up their own cards, and use the cards created by another node on the network of SOCAPLocal cities. 

Network node adaptable playing and tarot type (iconic characters or paths) cards for local community wealth creators to trade and mashup to use in new ways for local needs  could be really cool.

And then people could post new assemblages (winning hands) online on sphaera.world etc. Sphaera needs to enable card kits and card creation. It is magic the gathering deployed across local resilience nodes, used at SocapLocal and networked Neighborhood Economics (the analysis, strategy and action plan is the same).   They could be shared by other network participants at events and shared online through the peer learning network created by the $5k annual SocapLocal (name not yet decided on.) license, which allows you to do an event with the SOCAP brand and be in the network.

We could hold competitions for the best local resilience game created by the cards that each SOCAPLocal creates, with lots of winning categories that are a good taxonomy, and give extra points for Impact Hubs in the network that  actively cooperate with each other on content development and collective impact across the network.

We could hold competitions for the best local resilience game. Your local game is a process picture of your local engagement in the SOCAPLocal three step model, which would be expressed in the cards so each SOCAPLocal event becomes a place to play. And the competition has lots of winning categories that create a good taxonomy. 

We give extra points for Impact Hubs that are Neighborhood Economics nodes riding on the Impact Hub network that actively cooperate with each other on content development and collective impact across the network. This would edge the SOCAPLocal event more toward providing our local host to create a festival around our event and card tournament and competition. Arts and crafts, etc. would abound; it would be a cultural kind of thing. I have no idea how to do that, but setting a magic the gathering card game for local resilience inside the event and as a piece of ongoing community created content I have a hunch thats where it would go. 

It would let us access several potential partners that are not in our network now. For example, Foxfire folks, nature DIY’ers etc. would like it, deep ecology folks might get integrated as valuable strangers with the folks transforming the economy. Building it to enable overlapping networks of valuable strangers that become unlikely allies, using the SOCAP convening methodologies that give our event such an abundant and overflowing feeling, would make this really interesting. This is a network that would make the local polycentric practitioners smarter, faster, and make their work easier. It could have significant influence and even political power. We would be creating smart resilience voters who know how to work together. 

I’m going to help Ben Powell of Agora Partnerships and Jim Epstein of EFO Capital and Blue Ridge Produce create a council on civic innovation that operates out of the  Impact Hub DC. I’m going to map it like Zoe Schlag and her team at Unlimited US mapped the Austin social enterprise ecosystem on kumu.io and also use localwiki.org here to map another views of the ecosystem. Nobody has linked those two tools that I am aware of.

I think people will love being part of the project. We’ll map power and money relationships; funder, fundee, parent org, project, percentage of earned income, impact metrics used, geographic impact, sector, funding sources, revenue model, imagined-growth-path/ projections. We will offer access to Acumen’s  lean data tools and seminars, etc as well as the Social Progress Index.

I’m working on a startup that is creating a low cost method to enhance non profit collaboration through building a valuable entity in the middle that gives them unrestricted income and platform network equity through participation, kind of like warrants to the community). Working with Sphaera.World. Asking @samrose Sam Rose for advice and counsel in a couple of hours.

Digital Content is more valuable when it’s shared, and more valuable than that when it is remixed and localized. That is a trend that will win. The money will be made in services, branding and experiences, along with financial products that work to create long term community wealth.

I predict that will be more true in 20 years than it is now. So I would invest around that trend and encourage other people to look at it and see what how it effects how they use their social and environmental and financial capital when they use a blended value lens.

The market value of digital goods is heading toward zero; because they are more valuable in a shared context. This will be true for all the market players on the edge of the commons, and that will become the most valuable space to inhabit; the high street shop that nurtures the commons and is fed by it.

Smart businesses are realizing, in this space, that feeding the commons is feeding the growth of community wealth in which they can participate. But by using the commons, their ability to extract value is socially constrained, since all are producers and consumers and mashup wizards as the market evolves to extract every once of energy like a healthy rain forest.

That’s where B Corps will be more important as it evolves, which is based on measuring how its members business have positively impacted the environment, their community and their employees over time, with an eye to growing the positive non market value they create together. Value and margin will be created there, in trust and branding and easy ethical customer experience management, collective waste reduction, etc.by using the commons, then nature of their ability to extract value is socially constrained, since all are producers and consumers and mashup wizards as the market evolves to extract every once of energy like a healthy rain forest.

That’s where the money will be; in services and branding and experience and impact management and cultural translation between value creators, rosetta stone products will abound .We are working on one, it’s related to Neighborhood Economics being fundamental a language shop, where translate community investing to churches and community groups as well as cities and regional economic developers and colleges and universities and community colleges and trade schools from Silicon Valley through a long term intergenerational value creation lens on a 12 year time frame.

You can make money on the financial products that will be created to localize the economy within a resilient transition to regeneration frame, over the time span of a first grader reaching graduation at 18 and going out into the world. Those kids will be able to invest in their communities and get that money at 18 and use it to go out into the world for a while, if this works.

But the market value of digital goods is heading toward zero; because they are more valuable in a shared context, for all the market players on the edge of the commons.

This is creating a new dynamic and a new ordering of the importance of innovative place, in whatever system or city or rural town you find yourself. Smart businesses are realizing, in this of local economy, circular economy, collectively owned sharing economy, with collaboration as a means of production, that feeding the commons is feeding the viability of their own businesses and the community they want their children to move back to, to enable more granchild proximity.  For boomers, neighborhood economics is a grandchild acquisition strategy.


That’s my interpretation of this announcement. I have a bunch of founding assumptions, like zero marginal cost economy. I see the market unable to extract value in this scenario, but to be a servant of a healthy digital commons. That is a trend I think makes sense; we need collective intelligence to manage the information we need as we build the operating system for transition with resilience into a regenerative economy. That part of the thesis is being born out by this fact, which I think has a larger story.

Forging collaboratives that live best within a shared commons will be the path to highest efficiency in the shared use platforms that arise. This is a path to collective ownership of sharing economy platforms; this collaborative described in the story below, AI open source approach is a piece of information infrastructure that people need to learn to use to build a world where we compete as a community with hard edged venture backed companies like Uber and AirBnB. Astrid Scholz I’d be curious to know your thoughts on this piece of the puzzle: shared, efficient collective intelligence for resilience to regeneration.

Now, the story I’ve been describing.:


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