Knowledge base concerning the cooperants role

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Becoming a member of the cooperative

Cooperation is not only meant for the purpose of the realization of the project, rather it is built into its structure. In order for it to become reality, it relies on cooperation on the one hand and, on the other hand, facilitates and simplifies cooperation through the implementation of the Cooperation platform.

General membership: Cooperant

With the registration you become a Cooperant.
With Cooperant all types of membership are summarized.
Registration as a Cooperant is not associated with any obligation.

Perks for a Cooperant

  • Notifications tailored to your role(s)
  • Access to the discussion forums

Accredited membership: Member

If you would like to contribute to the project's development, you can reach out for an accredited membership.

Possible contributions

  • Technical work on the platform
  • Content work on the platform
  • Coordination, communication, administration
  • Sponsorship, donation

Perks for a member

  • The same perks as the cooperators
  • Role-specific administration rights on the platform
  • The right to operate a sibling platform inclusive the platform technology

What is a cooperative?

A cooperative is an association of individual members in a specific - the cooperative - legal form. In this legal form, the members are involved in all important decisions concerning the cooperative. Each member, true to the principles of democracy, has one vote only.

The purpose of a cooperative is to promote the economic, social or cultural interests of its members through its collaborative business. The business conduct is characterized by the principles of self-help, self-responsibility, and self-government, and by the intention to promote the purpose of the cooperative.

Cooperatives are not primarily geared towards generating financial profits. However, under the aspect of the promotion of its members, a cooperative should, or must, face the conditions of the market and assert itself in it.

Principles and values

Cooperative principles are the seven guidelines by which coops put their values into practice, often called The seven Rochdale Principles:

  • Voluntary and open membership
  • Democratic member control
  • Economic participation by members
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Education, training and information
  • Cooperation among cooperatives
  • Concern for community

Further reading

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Date: Work in progress

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