Welcome to “perhaps the geekiest of all cooperative organizations on the planet!” The Data Commons Co-op greases the flow of data between communities in the cooperative, solidarity, new, call-it-what-you-will economy. The co-op not only serves these communities, it is owned by them. The Data Commons Co-op, like a food or housing co-op, is owned by its members. The members have some fundamental differences, and many differences of emphasis and priorities. But like the Judean People's Front, the Judean Popular People's Front, the Campaign for a Free Galilee, and the Popular Front of Judea, they have a lot in common. This co-op is a way to share the cost of tending a commons of overlapping data, and realizing the benefits that brings to all.

Are you part of a community that should join? Send in an application. Dues are on a sliding scale starting at US$100, with waivers for no-budget groups. You don't have to be a co-op to join. You don't have to be in the U.S. to join. You just have to be trying to change how the economy works for the better in your bit of the world, and be interested in pooling knowledge systematically with overlapping communities. The Data Commons Co-op is committed to voluntary and open membership, open to all persons able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

Looking for Credit Union data?

Thanks to solidarity economy researcher Craig Borowiak, one of the lead researchers behind solidarityeconomy.us, for these tips on getting the latest information on credit unions from the National Credit Union Administration.

  1. Go to the NCUA homepage: https://www.ncua.gov/Pages/default.aspx
  2. At the bottom of the page, look for heading “Credit Union Analysis”. Beneath that you will see a link to “Call Report Data”. Click on that.
  3. That takes you to: https://www.ncua.gov/analysis/Pages/call-report-data.aspx. Click on “Quarterly Data”.
  4. That takes you to: https://www.ncua.gov/analysis/Pages/call-report-data/quarterly-data.aspx. Click on whichever quarter you’d like.
  5. That will download a zip drive of files. To find current credit union addresses, select “Credit Union Branch Information”, which is a comma separated text file. You can then convert that to a CSV file in Excel.
  6. There’s loads of other credit union data besides contact info.

Happy credit union data updating!

2017 AGM & Call for Nominations

The Data Commons Cooperative is having its next Annual General Meeting on September 8, 2017, from 3-5 pm Eastern.

This will be a Zoom video conference meeting. See instructions below.

Interested in nominating someone or running for the board? Each member may nominate up to two people! We have up to four board seats open and are looking for candidates. Nominations are due IN WRITING by Wed, August 30. Please include the candidate’s name, relationship to the DCC member, preferred pronouns, and short bio. Send nominations to info@find.coop. Thanks!

Topic: DCC Annual General Meeting

Time: Sep 8, 2017 3:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/508777659

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +16465588656,,508777659# or +14086380968,,508777659#

Or Telephone: Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 508 777 659

Annual General Meeting 2015

The third Annual General Meeting of the Data Commons co-op will be held:

Friday June 19th 2015, by phone.
3:00-5:00 PM Eastern (2:00-4:00 Central; 1:00-3:00 Mountain; 12:00-2:00 Pacific)
Conference call instructions will be were emailed to co-op members.

Agenda

Facilitator: Lauren Taylor
Note Taker: Noemi Giszpenc–notes at https://pad.riseup.net/p/DCC-AGM-2015
Time Watcher: Lauren Taylor
Agenda Item Presenter/Facilitator/Notes Duration Time
I. Welcome, Roll Call, Overview of the Agenda Lauren Hudson 15 min 3:00-3:15
II. Board Elections overview Noemi Giszpenc 5 min 3:15-3:20
III. Annual Report Lauren Hudson 5 min 3:20-3:25
IV. Work of Visioning Team Facilitator: Emily Lippold-Cheney, Presenter: Noemi Giszpenc 10 mins 3:25-3:35
V. Treasurer’s Report & Fundraising Overview David Morgan 20 min 3:35-3:55
VI. Dues Proposal Noemi Giszpenc 5-10 min 3:55-4:05
* VOTING REMINDER* Noemi Giszpenc    
VII. Discussion/Feedback regarding fundraising & dues proposal Lauren Taylor 30 min 4:05-4:35
VIII. Announcement of Election results & Closing Noemi Giszpenc, Lauren Taylor, David Morgan 15min 4:35-4:50

Reading material

Please read the biographies of the candidates. Read our annual report to learn more about the co-op’s activities. Read the dues proposal.

Mailing list

We invite members of the co-op, board members, staff, techies, and friends of the co-op to subscribe to our mailing list: datacommons@lists.riseup.net. This is a list for members, staff, and board to mingle and talk things over, and get a sense for the pulse of the co-op. It has public archives. For any private concerns start with an email to info@datacommons.coop instead.

Reference material

For more background on the nature of the co-op, you can check our bylaws, or records from last year’s AGM.

2015 Board Candidate Biographies

2015 Board Candidate Biographies

Julia Poznik

Biography:

I am a graduate student interested in studying and promoting the cooperative business model as a tool for radical systemic change. By the end of this summer I will have completed my coursework and be ready to begin dissertation research and writing. The degree sought is an interdisciplinary PhD in Economics (co-discipline: Social Sciences Consortium) at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. My department takes a heterodox and pluralist approach to the study of economics and therefore we do not confine ourselves to the textbook (neoclassical) school of economics that is dominant in academia (and politics). Personally, I am studying economics in search of a better system of provisioning - one that incorporates environmental concerns and promotes a more equitable and just society. I think cooperatives are a key aspect of that alternative economy and am excited by all the work being done to promote democracy in the workplace. I recently coauthored a case study on the Greater University Circle Initiative, a public-private-philanthropic based effort to revitalize the local economy of Cleveland, OH using environmental and economic justice conscientious programs. My future research will continue to explore, critique, and promote creative approaches to increasing democracy and environmentalism within our economy.

Before commencing my graduate studies I was the office manager of a medium sized non-profit that promoted sustainable urban planning. This experience distilled in me an appreciation for alternative transportation and smart zoning that promotes community and efficient use of city resources. I am also interested in local food systems and view them as a vital (and delicious) aspect of the new economy. Worker cooperatives and agricultural cooperatives have long been an interest of mine, both as a topic of academic inquiry and as a personal way of life. I helped create and worked in a collectively managed cafe and have lived in housing cooperatives. These passions motivated me to return to school so that I may better serve the movement for economic democracy. I am interested in serving as a board member of the Data Commons in order to facilitate a deepening of the relationship between cooperatives and academics to their mutual benefit.

A brief description of your relationship: I am a member of the Data Commons.

David Morgan

Biography:

David Morgan has long been involved with social movements—from public space activism to anti-poverty work—that make use of the kind of everyday democracy that is at the core of his work at the Toolbox for Education and Social Action. His background is in cultural organizing, as co-founder of the Groundswell Collective, a group of artists/activists who produced and researched critical cultural works, and as a committee member the HONK! Festival of activist street bands for more than five years. After graduating from Hampshire College, he focused on nonprofit communications work with such groups as the Boston-based housing rights organization City Life/Vida Urbana before becoming involved with the worker cooperative movement. David also sits on the board of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. I am interested in serving as a board member for the DCC to help streamline the infrastructure our movement needs to be most effective and to promote a collaborative culture among member organizations.

A brief description of your relationship: I am currently Treasurer of the Data Commons Cooperative, and affiliated as a member through Cultivate.coop.

Leah Feder

Biography:

I am on the board of Sarapis, which helps the free/libre/open-source (FLO) movement produce comprehensive solutions that enable groups and individuals to overcome common challenges. I first learned about FLO technologies during fall 2011. Invigorated by the cries of activists taking democracy into their own hands, I was surprised to find a revolution taking place behind computer screens — one involving data standards and documentation and revealing the potential to transform our economy and our world. Since then, I've been organizing within the FLO movement to increase our collective capacity to take on challenges and innovate effectively.

I have almost a decade of marketing and communications experience, developed in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. I have worked on community development projects in the Northeast and internationally, and am especially passionate about FLO’s potential to transform local communities and our relationship to natural resources.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Urban Planning from Hunter College.

A brief description of your relationship: I serve on the board of Sarapis, which is a member of the DCC.

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