Collaborative Economy

Whether you call it the new economy, solidarity economy, collaborative economy or something else entirely, the movement toward different economic practices is well underway. These new practices emphasize workplace democracy, sustainability and social justice. We’re working to ensure they also incorporate the commons-based principles, best practices and tools of the free/libre/open-source movement.

Open data standards and sharing practices? They're vital for creating and maintaining common information resources (ex. directories) needed for the development of software applications and insightful analysis about the collaborative economy.

Enterprise-grade logistics software and productivity tools? Instead of paying for proprietary software solutions produced by old economy organizations, we can invest together in the development of open source solutions produced by new economy networks. If we can align the development interests of collaborative economy actors, then we can build the type of FLO solutions that can give the entire cooperative sector consistent, reliable system upgrades.

Free/libre/open-source mutual credit systems and cryptocurrencies? These are missing links that enable us to move value amongst the emergent nodes in the collaborative economy network — allowing us to transcend the restrictions of artificial scarcity enforced by national monetary policies.

As the collaborative economy and free/libre/open-source movements integrate, a world of opportunities opens up. Let‘s get to work!

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  • Open Data for the Collaborative Economy September 16, 2015
    The collaborative sector is growing in New York City and around the world. More support, including funds from the New York City Council to promote cooperative development, means new opportunities for entrants into the new economy — an economy that promotes social justice, workplace democracy,...
  • reRoute Panel: FLO & the New Economy July 24, 2013
    On Sunday, July 21st, I participated in a panel at reRoute: Building Power for a New Economy, hosted by the New Economics Institute. reRoute’s tagline was “Building Youth and Student Power for a New Economy,” and it brought practitioners, organizers and students together for panels like...

We’re building an open taxonomy and schema for data about cooperative enterprises in New York City and beyond.

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We're collaborating with thought leaders to build an emerging network for the democratic online ecosystem.

We've built and operate a platform to reward people for doing good work with an avocado-backed points system.

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  • What is Informal Avocados? October 6, 2015
    Informal Avocados is a gratitude system that allows the system’s administrators (admins) to thank people for doing good work by awarding them points that they can use in our online store. How do I get stuff? First, an admin has to give you access to the site.  Then they will give you points.  You can see your+ […]


We coordinated a 500+ person event to catalyze connections within NYC's collaborative economy and beyond.

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We help organizations adopt the type of open source and open data practices popular in open source software projects and "peer to peer" movement groups.