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Benefits of Co-operative Economy and Co-ownership Networks

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Published on Feb 10, 2014

Free video about Co-operative Economy. This free video was created for you by http://epsos.de and can be used for free under the creative commons license with the attribution of epSos.de as the original author of this Co-operative Economy video.

Scarcity and poverty can be resolved by alternative ownership models and social understanding of why it is not necessary to own stuff, if we can rent very fast or co-own objects in public libraries with 100 times cheaper membership fees than the price of ownership of unused objects.

Another example could be the health screening service. Such a service could be done by an automated health booth where people enter and get screened for health metrics. Those people need data and information about their physical state, but they surely do not need to own the device that scans them once a week, if they can pay a group membership fee that is 100 times smaller than the price of this health screening device. We can be sure that 100 people can agree to co-own a device that is located near to them and provides access for cheap health screening on a daily basis, instead of paying a doctor who is not able to do the daily screening of 100 people per day for all days of the week.

We need great co-ownership models and object library systems that solve the scarcity problem, otherwise we will destroy the earth by breaking it apart for resources that are needed to produce the new technologies that we will encounter in the future.

A good ideology is the harder part of the solution. People do not change as fast as superior technology does change the world. Open and free design will enable real world solutions that will lead to real world changes as quickly as they are used by real world manufactures of products that exist today and do not need to appear magically in a distant future.

Large scale co-operation and distributed co-ownership is much more possible than it was 10 years ago. A better style of co-operativism is much more possible now, because the Internet is making a lot more possible than was possible at the time, when communism was pop. The Internet itself is a good example of a new breed of co-operativism and distributed collaboration that is at the natural core of the human spirit.

Collective communism was a system where everybody is owned by all and nobody owns anything substantial to look after. Enforced collectivism is bad, because nobody feels responsible. That is how the USSR broke down. In the co-operativism network everybody is involved and benefits from sharing and co-owning parts of the network. That is how Linux was build and that is how the Internet was made possible by it.

The underlying technologies of the Internet are the result of the real world co-operativism. We would love to see something comparable that capitalism or communism can claim to have produced.

There are co-ownership societies that build housing. There are co-owned co-operatives that produce goods. It just is that the efforts from the disconnected co-operations did not result into a decentralized organization or a country-wide system just yet. The decentralized, digital co-operation between people is just the starting point which will build new thinking patterns between people and emerge into the physical world at an increasing rate.

Collectivism and Capitalism has no chance in the connected world of people who co-operate and co-own together.

An excellent example of co-ownership is an automatic, driver-less car that could cost little to co-own with 10 other people, who can use the car in a non-stop cycle of automated short trips with 2 to 3 cars for 15 people who live close to each-other. In such an arrangement you would own 20% of 3 automatic cars and share them among 15 other people who live close to you.

Co-ownership and co-operative sharing of objects in a publicly-served library system is a way out of this destructive cycle of being forced to pay more than others can afford, because we do not need to own all of the non-daily stuff, but just need to have an access to it, if we need to use something for a week or two. Tools are a perfect example of this logic. Some tools are used once a year for one week.

Thank you for supporting the creative commons movement and remember that we are just getting warmed-up, before we wage a full scale battle for the decentralized democratic co-operativism !

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