Problems in societies are always community problems whether bad roads, insecurity or housing or poor education systems.
Based in Canada but working globally, CO-OPS want to involve everyone be part of a solution in their local communities. This sounds more African and not just a technology thing starting in the west.
According to Roii Patterson, the Co-Founder, CO-OPS, “CO-OPs are better for communities, customers, workers & the planet. Co-ops to help our local communities.”
CO-OPS are in their last few hours of their Indiegogo campaign and still want your support. Patterson says, financially the campaign has achieved 50 percent of its target while 16 people have already began to create local coops.
He told TechMoran, “Our Indiegogo campaign has already gotten 16 new co-ops under discussion from around the world. Our goal for this campaign is to start 30 community cooperatives.”
Interested members can join too.
Patterson added that, “Ideally we would like all members of this group start thinking about what cooperatives you would like to see
set up in your own communities. Then lets leverage crowdsourcing & crowdfunding to cooperate to create them in 2013!”
According to Patterson, many people want to help solve an issue or two in their communities and CO-OPS is just the way they can do that.
“However,” he adds, “Starting anything new is hard, regardless if it’s a business, a co-op, or a not for profit. Founders often get little or no pay for long hours and no guarantee it’s ever going to pay off. Founders are often better at starting ventures then at the ongoing management once established.”
CO-OPS wants to therefore create a fair model that rewards entrepreneurs to start such initiatives or co-operatives and follow all the basic co-operative principles of one member one vote and create something that is sustainable and makes is easier to start future co-operatives.
Patterson says, 10 percent of the profits will be put aside from every co-op they create. He adds that founders of a coop are entitled to something ranging from 3X to 5X their annual wage after they have successfully setup and leave the co-op (depending on the difficulty and risk of the coop). The sum would be paid out as a quarterly royalty from ongoing profits (not in one lump sum when they leave the coop). Once founders have been paid, the 10% can accumulate in a fund to pay founders who are starting new co-operatives.
Get to support them here, NOW!