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.

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Call for 2015 Data Commons Cooperative Board of Directors Nominations

Call for board member nominations

The Data Commons Cooperative [1] is looking for people to serve on its Board of Directors. We particularly encourage nominations from marginalized and underrepresented communities.

The co-op was founded in July 2012 to improve information flow in the cooperative/solidarity/new economy. If you like to push the edge of what can be done with co-ops, and think the infrastructure of the ethical economy could do with some love - we want you! Serving on the co-op board is an excellent way to make sure the voice of your community is heard clearly, and to guide the co-op in productive directions.

Directors are nominated and elected by co-op members. Existing members of the co-op are generally umbrella organizations or projects that represent a region, sector, or movement (and are listed in this call). Each member may make two nominations. The current board encourages members to consider using one of their nominations to sponsor motivated individuals active in their community to step forward. The board stands ready to help with any match-making needed, and encourages passionate individuals to respond to this call without necessarily having a confirmed sponsoring member.

About the Data Commons Co-op

People everywhere have been organizing a more ethical economy, but they work in relative isolation, fragmented by geography, sector, and even organizational form.

Many communities gather information about a small piece of these efforts. In every situation, there is another community for which that information overlaps. In every case there is an opportunity to share that will strengthen all the communities participating. But that requires effort, it requires trust, and it requires infrastructure. It requires, in short, a co-op!

The Data Commons Co-op is a cooperative of organizations that are figuring out how their disparate communities can work together, both technically and culturally, to benefit from their overlap without blunting their difference.

Board member duties

Your basic duty is a 3-hour commitment per month. One hour of that is a regular board meeting (by phone). The remainder is reading and responding to board business (by email).

There are various roles that go beyond that baseline. These are strictly voluntary, and will be selected at the first board meeting after the election. Those roles include:

  • Officer roles - treasurer, secretary, president
  • Operations team - work with the people coordinating the day-to-day activity of the co-op
  • DCC Development Team- Phase 1: Draft a development plan and vision for the DCC using member and Board input. Phase 2: Generate the resources to implement it.
  • Tech team - work with the people who move the bits around
  • Membership committee - read member applications, make recommendations
  • Data trust - check out incoming data, make recommendations

Terms are for 3 years.


The key formal requirement is that you must be connected to at least one of our existing members. Directors are nominated and elected by the co-op members. Nominees need to be "employed by or connected with or representing" a member organization [2]. Check the list of member organizations included towards the end of this call. If your interests overlap with one or more members, they may well be interested in nominating you as part of their board representation (each member can nominate up to two board members). We'd be happy to help with any match-making needed. If you belong to a group that isn't yet a member but you think it should be, let us know so that we can reach out, or you can direct the group to our member information packet [3].

A general qualification is having an interest in the development of infrastructure for sharing data in and about the ethical economy. You just won't have any fun in the co-op otherwise.

How to nominate a candidate, or offer yourself as a candidate

We particularly encourage nominations from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

If you represent a member of the co-op and would like to nominate a candidate for the board, please send an email to info@datacommons.coop with the subject line "board nomination" giving the candidate's name and contact information. Expect an acknowledgment within 3 working days.

If you are an individual who'd like to run for the board, please send an email to info@datacommons.coop with the subject line "getting on board". Please provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Contact information
  • A biography (in any format you like)
  • A brief description of your relationship (by employment or interest) to one or more of the co-op members listed here: http://datacommons.coop/participants

Please do so by: Friday May 29th 2015

Expect an acknowledgment within 3 working days.

Voting will take place at the Annual General Meeting, scheduled for:

Friday June 19th 2015
3:00-5:00 PM Eastern DST
(2:00-4:00 Central;1:00-3:00 Mountain;12:00-2:00 Pacific).

The meeting will be held by phone, details to be announced.

Current Board of Directors

The second member-selected Board of Directors was elected at the 2014 Annual General Meeting in June 2014. The current Board is made up of elected member liaisons. Bylaws state that the number of board members should be between 5 and 15. Board member terms are staggered.

  • Lauren Hudson, President
  • David Morgan, Treasurer
  • Noemi Giszpenc, Clerk/Secretary, Operations team
  • Jamie Campbell
  • Emily Lippold-Cheney
  • Ethan Miller resigned due to work/life issues
  • Mira Luna - on temporary leave of absence due to health issues

Former Board of Directors & Steering Committee Members

  • Paul Fitzpatrick: prior Director, Treasurer, Tech team member, Operations committee
  • Jim Johnson: prior Director, Tech team member
  • Melissa Hoover: prior Director, Membership committee
  • Joe Marraffino: prior Director and President
  • Adam Schwartz: Steering committee member prior to incorporation
  • Neily Jennings: Steering committee member prior to incorporation

DCC Member organizations

[1] http://datacommons.coop
[2] See section VI(1) of our bylaws http://member.datacommons.coop/bylaws
[3] http://datacommons.coop/content/member-packet

We're jammin, MapJammin', we hope you like jammin' too

Maps shape how we think about the world around us. It is time to take control of the maps of our economic territory. From @Shareable:

Starting next Monday, October 13th and continuing through the end of the month, groups are coming together all over the world in pursuit of a shared goal. We want to map every city to make visible the economic transformation that’s already happening, connect it and organize for collective power. The 2nd Annual Global #MapJam is almost upon us and events are already planned in cities from Adelaide, Australia to Youngstown, Ohio and many places in between.


Sign up now to host a MapJam in your area!

Annual General Meeting 2014

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

Friday June 20th 2014, 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.


Facilitator: Jim Johnson
Note Taker: Jamie Campbell
Time Watcher: Paul Fitzpatrick
Agenda Item Presenter/Facilitator/Notes Duration Time
I. Welcome, Roll Call, Overview of the Agenda Lauren Hudson and Jim Johnson 15 min 3:00-3:15
II. Board Elections overview David Morgan 5 min 3:15-3:20
III. Year in Review Noemi Giszpenc 5 min 3:20-3:25
IV. Featured Members: Facilitator: Jim Johnson 20 mins 3:25-3:45
US Solidarity Economy Network & Solidarity Economy Mapping Collaboration (Emily Kawano)      
Shareable/Sharing Cities Network (Mira Luna)      
Cooperative Grocers Network (Dan Nordley)      
Manitoba Cooperative Association (Cheryl Krostewitz)      
V. Treasurer’s Report Paul Fitzpatrick 10 min 3:45-3:55
VI. Report from Visioning and Development Team Ethan Miller 5-10 min 4:05-4:15
* VOTING REMINDER* David Morgan    
VII. Discussion/Feedback regarding planning and development Emily Lippold-Cheney 30 min 4:15-4:45
VIII. Announcement of Election results & Closing David Morgan, Jamie Campbell, Jim Johnson 15min 4:45-5:00

Reading material

Please read our election guide for more information about this election and the candidates. Read our annual report to learn more about the co-op’s activities.

New mailing list

We invite members of the co-op, board members, staff, techies, and friends of the co-op to subscribe to a new 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.

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