We don’t just think. We do!
It’s very important to us that we build the things we think should be in the world.
When we see a gap or critical piece of infrastructure for a sector, movement or way of co-creating. We create it. That means we take it from ideation to operations.
What: Common Wealth
Description: In conjunction with UTS Centre for Business and Social Innovation. This business event included Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises, Equity Crowdfunding and Community Wealth Building. The event ran over 2-days (27th and 28th of February 2020).
Day 1 included 16 TEDx style speakers.
Day 2 included 3 x 2-hour round tables. Including an Equity Crowd Funding Round Table hosted in conjunction with the Crowd Funding industry of Australia. A Co-operative Innovation Round Table hosted in conjunction with the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals. A Community Wealth Building Round Table in conjunction with Sydney Commons Lab and the City of Sydney.
Goal: To become a regular event and possibly a “movement” around “stakeholders with an *actual* stake”.
What: Smart Citizenry
Description: In response to the self-isolation and COVID-19 pandemic we created smartcitizenry.com
This site includes a very popular printable download that enables neighbours to support neighbours with in-home care. Neighbours4Neighbours is a free support including deliveries, collections, shopping, pet walking and asking R U OK?
The site includes suggestions on talking with kids, the use case and trust issues of phone tracking, a “starter-pack” for a locals-only Co-operative i.e Smart Citizenry Co-operative.
Goal: To become a useful resource for locals to start building a Commons and Co-operative ecosystem.
What: Incubator Co-operative
Description: The worlds first Co-operative Incubator where incubation is crowd-sourced from Members of the Co-operative. This idea was created at Ethical Fields and spun out as a separate entity in late 2017, after a crowdfunding campaign sourced 50+ initial members.
Incubator.coop has since gone on to support the creation of diverse Co-operatives including a Solar Harvest Renewable Energy Co-operative in the Barossa Valley (South Australia), Rock and Ranges Craft Brewery Co-operative in the Macedon Ranges (Victoria) and HenHouse.coop, a Platform Co-op aimed at addressing the gender investment gap.
Goal: Create a future that’s everyones business.