Cooperative Crowdsource Funding


Something tells me we are going to be eclipsed shortly by an aboriginal awakening within all of us, taking us all back to our ancestral roots.  We are going to come to the realization that the cooperative movement in this International Year of the Cooperatives has its roots long before a bunch of weavers in the U.K. first formed what we now refer to as a co-op or a cooperative.  The very fundamental value of a cooperative is that each member has only one vote.  Well, guess what, tribes have operated on this philosophy for millenia.  Native Americans and Canada’s First Nations are way ahead and have quite naturally taken for granted what everyone else is naively and blindly striving for.

Of course our political system aspires to the same philosophy through a voting process; but corporations now have become a subterfuge in the rights of individuals.   They are undermining the democratic process in the Western World through the Machiavellian pathocracy of globalists expounding a New World Order fraught with feudalism while a judicial system looks the other way.

Look at what has created jobs and opportunities never before realized over the past few decades.  Look at the space program, or, how about the personal computer, or the Internet, and now the smart phone.  Each of these have a common perspective and that is empowerment; national empowerment, personal empowerment, corporate empowerment, or a combination thereof.  Yet, as we move towards centralization, removal of individual rights, those very empowerment aspects are being decimated.  Cooperatives are very much a democratic movement fostering empowerment of all kinds but most importantly individual and community empowerment.

A fundamental cooperative funding aspect called membership is for the most part another variation on crowdsourcing and it is legal.  If you’re not familiar with crowdsourcing you might want to explore the top ten website platforms for crowdsourcing: http://dowser.org/top-ten-crowdsourced-funding-platforms/ and what their impact is becoming on society.

I read recently, “Currently, in both Canada and the U.S. it is illegal for a startup to sell equity in its business to a group of small outside investors.  Only “accredited investors,” typically family members, angel investment firms or venture capitalists, are allowed to pour money into the companies. Should a company want to raise funds from individual investors, the company must seek a stock listing on a publicly traded exchange.  Crowd-sourced funding, or “crowd funding” as its being called, would be overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). the U.S. national securities regulator, to protect investors.”

Even though laws are being changed to provide better access to entrepreneurial funding through crowdsourcing, wouldn’t it be better to realize and act upon crowdsource funding through cooperative endeavors.

Crowdsourcing has led to crowdfunding and here is a great video explaining both:

 

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One Response

  1. B4RN in the UK is a community benefit society, a coop, who have raised all their funding for a fibre network from their own community. We are now digging in our ducting. http://bambuser.com/channel/Fibrethedog
    chris

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