Founder of United Diversity
Curator of the United Diversity Libary
Co-founder of The Open Co-op
Associate of P2P Foundation (and occasional contributor to their blog)
Served on the board of Co-operatives London (and built and manage website)
Previously Campaign Coordinator at Media Reform Coalition (started the London Media Democracy Meetup, organised the Media Democracy Festival, commissioned this film, gathered these resources, and made the website)
National Organiser for Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF)
Author of Open Co-ops: Inspiration, Legal Structures & Tools
(since referenced in leading Social Enterprise text book ‘Understanding Social Enterprise, 2nd Edition‘)
FairShares Association (contributed to the development of the model rules )
Rural Urban Synthesis Society (gave legal structure & strategy advice & have spoken at lots of their public events)
Worker Coop Solidarity Fund (active member)
Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (also made website and spoke at Housing Workshop at AGM)
Co-operatives London (served on board, made and manage the website, do a bit of social media)
Ecological Land Co-operative (Steward member)
The Phone Co-op (long-term customer and member)
Rootstock (invested £100)
Lammas Ecovillage (invested £50)
Fordhall Community Land Initiative (invested £50)
Permaculture Association (also created the first map of LAND projects)
London Rebuilding Society (won £250 of shares at their launch)
Workshop and Speaking Engagements:
Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency AGM
Helped to deliver the Housing Workshop. Spoke about Community Land Trusts (i.e. London Community Land Trust and my involvement with Rural Urban Synthesis Society), Cohousing (e.g. Low Impact Living Affordable Community) and Housing Co-operatives (especially Sanford Housing Co-op where I lived for 5 years).
Gave a talk on Cooperative Commons at the UK Co-operative Studies Society Annual Conference Exploring the Common – Co-operatives and the alternatives. Earned the slightly embarrassing accolade of being the first person to be invited to speak at the conference based on their Facebook posts.
St Ethelburgas Phoenix Project
Ran a session on What emerging ownership, governance and exchange innovations reflect the new economy? Began with an introductory talk on Co-ops and Commons and then led a group of 15 people on a Bike Tour of Co-op, Community and Commons-based projects around London. Planning notes with lots of useful links here. Rough map of tour route here.
Church Grove Community Self-Build – How Can It Work?
Rural Urban Synthesis Society Open Day
A talk on Community Networking and the power of the people. Spoke about some inspirational housing examples, including LILAC, Open Source Ecology‘s MicroHouse, WikiHouse, Village Homes, Sanford Housing Co-op, and more.
September 10th – 14th:
Open Everything – A Collaborative Economy Convergence
I’ve always wanted to visit Cloughjordan Ecovillage and so when the opportunity to join the P2P Foundation team presented itself I couldn’t resist. There wasn’t really a clear plan of what my role would be but after a very enjoyable rail, sail and cycle there I ended up joining a panel discussion and leading a session on housing co-ops. Huge thanks to Davie Philip for making it all possible.
Also made the website.
OuiShare Fest 2014
Gave talk on “Designing an Open Organisation” as part of a Panel on “Work, Distributed: Horizontal, Liquid & Collaborative organizations” and Co-Moderated the Sharing for Real: What Cooperatives and Collaborative Governance have to offer session, including hosting a discussion about Open Co-ops.
Talking about Building Man Festival with Marcus Letts at Cloud Cuckoo Land Festival.
London Permaculture Festival
In this talk I gave some background about United Diversity and shared some ideas for future plans.
Spoke at the Inspiring Minds Forum on Creating Co-operative Communities
London Green Fair
Ran a workshop on Community Scale Infrastructure
September 3rd – 5th:
January 24th – 29th
As part of the Caracas Trollparty, I spoke on National Venezuelan Radio, gave a talk on Tools for Open Co-ops, and generally helped to find and organise an international team of Free Software practitioners to run a huge programme of activities as part of World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela.