Libre Learn Lab

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Learn about free software to empower your project. Connect with the people building the tools that enable us to build value in our lives and communities. Take control of your cyber-life and also feed your educational entrepreneurial curiosity!

Details:
http://librelearnlab.org/

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Libre Learn Lab

Saturday, Oct 8, 2016, 9:00 AM

Tang Center E-51
2 Amherst Street Cambridge, MA

10 Hackers Attending

Libre Learn Lab is a two-day summit for people who create and implement freely licensed resources for education, bringing together educators, policy experts, software developers, hardware hackers, and activists to share best practices and address the challenges of widespread adoption of these resources in education.Please note: RSVP’ing via this m…

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When: Saturday, October 8, 2016 9:00 AM

Where: Tang Center E-51
2 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA

Co-op Social at Doyle’s Cafe in JP

Co-ops in the Boston area are building momentum!

New worker co-ops are getting off the ground and building their businesses. Housing co-ops are expanding with new properties. We’re getting the word out and we’re meeting with City decision-makers to build support for a more democratically-owned economy.

Join us for this social event to make connections, hear all the updates, and plug into the movement!

When: Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Doyle’s Cafe
3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

Disco-Tech – Discover Technology May 1st

On May 1st 2016, the MIT Co-Design Studio team, Research Action Design, Intelligent Mischief , the Detroit Community Technology Project, and Boston Civic Media (bostoncivic.media) are calling on YOU to join us at the Boston Co-op DiscoTech.

Where: SEIU 32BJ

26 West Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, 0211, MA

The Co-op DiscoTech (shorthand for a Cooperative Economy Discovering Technology fair) is an event designed for people of all backgrounds and skill levels to learn about how technology can be used to support the growth of the cooperative economy – worker-owned cooperatives, consumer cooperatives, housing cooperatives, and more!

If you’d like to know more, or you want to present your work or host a workshop at the DiscoTech, please contact Katie: klarthur@mit.edu

More info: http://codesign.mit.edu/discotechs

*NOTE: *If you’d like to eat free, delicious food when you come to the DiscoTech, *please RSVP here: **https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coop-discotech-boston-tickets-23441822121***

We’ll focus on creating welcoming spaces where a wide range of people (not just techies!) will feel welcome sharing and learning about each other’s experiences with cooperatives: worker-owned co-ops, consumer co-ops, housing co-ops, hybrid cooperatives, co-op support organizations … pretty much anything that has to do with the cooperative economy! We’re also inviting cooperative organizations, technologists, developers, and designers to come to the DiscoTech to learn, teach, sprint, hack, meet up, explore projects, and build community together.

We’ll dive in deep to understand worker cooperative tools, systems, and histories, through speakers, skillshares, workshops, and activities open to all. We’ll also get hands-on with tools and approaches that can strengthen worker, consumer, housing, and hybrid cooperatives. We’ll link existing co-ops, technologists, designers, and community organizers to strengthen our strategies and tools for a cooperative future!
After/Party at Make/Shift, 7pm+

Tackling the Law Together is ON! Tonight!

Hello all!  The folks at the Harvard legal clinic asked me to let you know that the workshop is ON tonight, despite the snow!  Tonight’s workshop is on immigration and employment law, an area where worker co-ops tend to have lots of questions.  I really encourage everyone to attend.  See you there!

Stacey

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tackling-the-law-together-legal-resources-for-worker-cooperatives-tickets-22799006442

Platform Cooperativism Transforming Online Experiences

How are worker-owned cooperatives transforming the meaning of online
platforms by placing power and profit in the hands of users?

Join us Monday, April 4th * 2-3:30pm* at the MIT Center for Civic Media (E15 3rd floor)
for a conversation with Trebor Scholz – Associate Professor at the New School and a leading expert on digital labor, as he talks about the emerging model of platform cooperativism, following on from the Platform Cooperativism conference Trebor co-organized last November
videos: http://livestream.com/internetsociety/platformcoop/archives
overview blog post: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/natematias/what-is-platform-cooperativism-and-why-is-it-important

In Part One Trebor will outline the idea of platform cooperatives and *the
need for reshaping the structures and power and profit that currently
determine today’s platform economies*. See:

Trebor Scholz, “Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy
Medium (December 5, 2014)

Nathan Schneider & Trebor Scholz: “What if We Owned the Internet? It’s Time
to Bring the Co-Op Revolution to the Web
Yes Magazine. Nov 9, 2015

In Part Two, we will have a group conversation about the *innovations in
design, social organization, and markets* that will be needed to realize
the vision of a web where everyday users have a stake.

Monday’s conversation is being co-hosted by the MIT Center for Civic Media,
the MIT Co-Design Class, and the Berkman Cooperation Working Group. See you
Monday!

Tackling the Law, Together: Legal Resources for Worker Cooperatives

Event Date: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM – Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Legal Services Center 122 Boylston Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Event Details: Are you a worker cooperative who could use some help understanding the law?
If so, please join us to meet lawyers, law students, and other technical assistance providers who are working together to create and share valuable resources and information for worker cooperatives in Massachusetts.
We will be hosting two presentations to discuss legal issues that are common to worker cooperatives:
1. Monday, April 4 from 6:00-8:00 pm – Employment and Immigration Law for Cooperatives
2. Monday, April 11 from 6:00-8:00 pm – Securities and Tax Law for Cooperatives
Join us over delicious food provided by local cooperatives to learn more about the ways in which lawyers and other technical assistance providers can assist your business, as well as to teach us about ways in which we can better address your cooperative’s needs.
Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, March 28th.  The presentations will be given in English. To request language interpretation, please contact lmaynardjd16@clinics.law.harvard.edu.
Hope to see you there!
Location: Legal Services Center, 122 Boylston St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(next to Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line)
Presentation to begin at 6 p.m.

More information and Online Registration

Have questions about Tackling the Law, Together: Legal Resources for Worker Cooperatives?
Contact Community Enterprise Project of the Harvard Transactional Law Clinics

Hosted By:

Community Enterprise Project of the Harvard Transactional Law Clinics
The Community Enterprise Project is a clinical program of the Transactional Law Clinics at Harvard Law School that serves clients who live and work in the Boston neighborhoods surrounding the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Under the supervision of staff attorneys, clinical students represent small businesses, entrepreneurs, community groups, and nonprofit organizations with respect to entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, and other transactional legal matters.
In addition to engaging in direct client representation, Community Enterprise Project students partner with community organizations to develop and implement strategies to address persistent legal barriers to economic development. To this end, Community Enterprise Project students conduct workshops and produce educational materials for targeted audiences on specific legal issues, as well as develop networks of technical assistance providers and other resources around a particular industry or need.

For more information or to become a client, please visit http://www.harvardtlc.org or call (617) 998-0101.

DiscoTech coming up in May

http://codesign.mit.edu/discotechs

On May 1st 2016, the MIT Co-Design Studio team, Research Action Design, Intelligent Mischief, and the Detroit Community Technology Project are calling on YOU to attend (and/or organize!) a Co-op DiscoTech near you. A Co-op DiscoTech (shorthand for a Cooperative Economy Discovering Technology fair) is an event designed for people of all backgrounds and skill levels to learn about how technology can be used to support the growth of the cooperative economy – worker-owned cooperatives, consumer cooperatives, housing cooperatives, and more!

Cool! Tell me more about DiscoTechs.

Our DiscoTechs follow the model developed by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition:

DiscoTech is a community-based, community-organized, multimedia workshop and fair. At a DiscoTech, participants learn more about the impacts and possibilities of technology, and take part in fun, interactive and media-based workshops. Discotech workshops are designed to demystify technology and create a space where we can inform and engage our community […] A Discotech utilizes the unique skills and expertise within each community, and morphs to adapt to changing needs. [Source: “How To Discotech” Zine, by the DDJC.]

The Co-op DiscoTechs are free, open, multi-site events. This page is for sharing information about these events, as well as for resources to help you organize your own DiscoTech!

I think I understand “DiscoTech,” but what is the “Co-op” about?

At the Co-op DiscoTechs, we’ll focus on creating welcoming spaces where a wide range of people (not just techies!) will feel welcome sharing and learning about each other’s experiences with cooperatives: worker-owned co-ops, consumer co-ops, housing co-ops, hybrid cooperatives, co-op support organizations … pretty much anything that has to do with the cooperative economy! We’re also inviting cooperative organizations, technologists, developers, and designers to come to the DiscoTech to learn, teach, sprint, hack, meet up, explore projects, and build community together.

We’ll dive in deep to understand worker cooperative tools, systems, and histories, through speakers, skillshares, workshops, and activities open to all. We’ll also get hands-on with tools and approaches that can strengthen worker, consumer, housing, and hybrid cooperatives. We’ll link existing co-ops, technologists, designers, and community organizers to strengthen our strategies and tools for a cooperative future!

Sounds awesome! How can I participate?

Come to a Co-op DiscoTech near you on May 1st, or organize your own! We’ll be happy to share our approach, link to your event, and otherwise support you.

Where will these Co-op DiscoTechs be happening?

All over the place! So far (as of early February) we have interest from organizers in the following locations:

Cambridge, MA (@MIT Media Lab)
Boston, MA (Location TBC)
Berlin (TBC)
Philly (TBC)
Detroit (TBC)
More soon!
How to organize your own Co-op DiscoTech:

For general background on DiscoTechs, check out this DiscoTech Zine, by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition: http://detroitprojectarchive.com/client/DDJC_amc2012.pdf.zip

For more Co-op DiscoTech organizing resources, check out this folder: http://bit.ly/coop-discotechs-resources.

Please get in touch by emailing Katie: klarthur@mit.edu

Platform Cooperatives & You: When does freedom call for more than worker-owned?

Long-established concepts of multi-stakeholder, hybrid, or solidarity cooperatives are getting new urgency and vitality from the Platform Cooperativism movement which calls for an Internet of Ownership.  It is a vision for online platforms that share democratic ownership and governance with their stakeholders, especially those who contribute their labor and personal data.  If millions of people rely on a social network for communication than the relatively small number of people building the platform.

How does Platform Cooperativism affect you and your coop or your plans to build a coop? What other movements does it intersect with?

Join us for a round table discussion!

Details — http://www.meetup.com/agaric/events/228640449/

Two swaps are coming up:

1. Sat 02/27 3P-6P JP Time Exchange has a swap open to the public.

The Urbano Project 29 Germania St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

Note-they DON’T want clothes and DO want RSVPs.

See Facebook for more details and to RSVP

2. Sat 03/05 – Folks at Franklin Street Coop are also having a clothing and book swap in the afternoon. We are hoping to have variety as well as quantity, so please come and please bring books and/or clothing!