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Community Cloud Cooperatives PO’d

Are you PO’d with what has been wrought upon us by globalists and centralization and pathocracy?  Then, create your own C-3PO!   Cooperation in community broadband endeavors can be readily achieved through a cooperative endeavor similar to your local farmers’ market which brings you local produce, or perhaps a virtual farmers’ market, or even better, a virtual business market.

Why shouldn’t every community form a Community Cloud Cooperative, C3 for short, perhaps even C-3PO after the Star Wars’ droid designed to serve humans, for I’m sure that we’re all PO’d about the economy etc.; hence C-3PO.

Rural and remote community broadband is not going to happen without a community champion!

This champion could be an individual, group of individuals, business, association or an institution; just as long as they don’t take an egocentric role and take on more of an altruistic perspective to the benefit of all the community. The community champion has to understand the needs and requirements of the community or at least have some preconceived notion of them, subject to change. The community champion is the catalyst to community empowerment and local economic development.

If the local Chambers of Commerce became the community cloud cooperative or a community development cooperative, https://communitydevelopmentcooperative.wordpress.com/about/ , and opened their membership to individuals and lobbied for the overall community benefit and not just the businesses you would have an ideal champion.  C-3PO would be the community champion.

The cooperative would be made up of local resources to initially facilitate a community portal.  Look either to develop your own community portal or look for a company that has developed them.  Bear in mind that community portal cloud computing application is great only if it can be replicated or mirrored within the community on local community servers.  I’ve identified a few companies and looking to qualify others especially those now with a community portal phone application.

C-3PO as the community champion would in turn inspire the creation of a local community media centre, https://communitydevelopmentcooperative.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/community-media-center/ , to foster local businesses.  The community media centre would provide local voice, video, data and mobility in addition to cloud computing applications needed by the community such as a CMS, CRM, web hosting, e-mail, etc. So, basically cooperative members could be made up of individuals or businesses providing all the ingredients to facilitate local empowerment and sustainability.  This cooperative could in turn foster a broader more encompassing Community Development Cooperative, https://communitydevelopmentcooperative.wordpress.com/about/ which could create a Community Foundation, https://communitydevelopmentcooperative.wordpress.com/community-foundation/.

Technology and open source software is available to create your own C-3PO! 

What Happen$ in the Community $tay$ in the Community!


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