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Neighborhood Community Cooperatives 2.0

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Jean-Daniel Cusin

on 28 March 2015

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Systemic Change Outcomes
Neighborhood Community Cooperatives
The Problem
We Can Solve

Only 1 in 4 new jobs pay a living wage
Wealth creating jobs have been replaced by low paying service industry jobs
The system is geared to flow wealth to the very rich
Poverty is structural

Coherence and efficiency
Inter-Co-op stability/polarities
Inter-Co-op synergies
Innovation, open sharing
Adaptive capability
Training and education
Health and safety
Fund raising
Organized for autonomy and viability
Cooperative Community Action
Anchor Businesses & Institutions
NGOs &
Service organizations
Community Gardens
Farmers market
Community Gardens
Whole Foods Grocery Store
Elementary School Breakfast Club
Coop Healthy Foods Diner
Street-wise Security App
Graduation to Operational Unit
Stream of more ideas to try out
The Big Idea
There is power in solidarity
The basic social unit is the neighborhood

Let's organize neighborhoods into Community Cooperatives
Purpose of the Co-op
To improve the quality of life of the people who live in the Neighborhood
Community-specific improvements in desired priorities
Place security
Educational achievements
Food security
To incubate projects and initiatives that meet the specific needs and priorities of the community and a triple bottom line
How about starting with these neighborhoods:
"Call 4 Help" Mobile App
Community-based education, mentoring and tutoring
Community Currency
(to preserve wealth creation inside neighborhood)
Represent and lobby for the benefit of the Neighborhood Cooperatives
Local Government
State and national governments

Collaborate with other Cooperative federations and confederations

Community Outcomes
The Community Cooperative: Innovative & ground breaking
The neighborhood “tragedy of the commons” transformed: “Our home”
The Cooperative creates neighborhood wherewithal and fosters resiliency
Coop Operational Units respond to needs and create wealth
As a Federation
of neighborhood Coops, clout and a practical vision for change
An emergent common vision
hopes and projects
for the future
Fostering of cohesiveness and synergy
Formation of positive community relationships
We are in this together
Purposed and dedicated to uplifting the neighborhood
Is an expression of community fabric and connection
Earnings reinvested in further neighborhood initiatives
Creates jobs, accountability and commitment
Provides experiential learning
How to manage a business
How to collaborate and work as a team
How to make decisions in teams
How to be accountable

Forms solidarity of intention for

Advocating change with local and state governments
Police and municipal government relations
Getting better schools, roads, sanitation, etc.
Eliminating crime in the streets
Personal security and safety

Targets a triple bottom line, modeling and expecting

Economic prosperity
Social peace, support, safety and hope
Environmental custodianship

Deploys crisis preparedness plans

To deal with neighborhood emergencies swiftly and appropriately
Training and infrastructure
Drills and checkpoints

Are owned by the members of the Community Coop (residents)
for items otherwise bought elsewhere
by exporting products and services out of the neighborhood
Produce local revenue
that can be exported to other neighborhood Coops
that increase employability of unit workers
Curate know-how and expertise
Operate with a minimum of outside intervention
Are accountable to the rest of the Coop for their performance
Can be sold as a Community Coop asset when this is beneficial to the neighborhood and the workers
Are in themselves autonomous, viable entities, within the policy framework of the Community Cooperative
Advocating change with local and state governments
Making positive change at the regional level
Forms a
solidarity of intention for
Tension resolution
Collaboration on common projects
Assistance at launch and in difficult times
Emergent supply chains
cohesion, stability & synergy between neighborhoods
Redesign neighborhoods by giving the power back to their residents
Wealth creation benefiting the 99%
Democracy as a grass-roots process of meeting resident needs
a unique new
model to other cities, states and countries
Consent-based decision making
Non-hierarchical, in that power and accountability are in the hands of the members
The structure is designed for viability
Self-managed work teams, using Agile-based team coordination and quick cycle feedback loops for course correction
An alternative organizational design
Direct resident engagement
The community/neighborhood as a viable system
Provides for its own needs: the quality of life of its residents
Provides to society at large
Complex-adaptive to internal and external change
Provides the means to foster and retain wealth within the neighborhood
Incubation of new business enterprise and social initiatives
Jobs, Commerce, Money, Assets
A new mode
of community organization
A Real Success Story: Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Establish the CoreChange Secretariat
Establish the CoreChange Secretariat
Fund raising
Organizational learning
Research and Learning
Knowledge transfer
Information Systems
Agile Team Management
Empowerment, facilitation, animation and guidance
Other Cincy neighborhoods
Generalize as a movement
Incubated Project
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Adjacent neighborhoods
Thought Leaders
Kindred Foundations & Benefactors
who care
Supply chains
Priorities, engagement, etc.
Supply-chain, jobs, invest.
Vision, new thinking
Permits, support, etc.
Money, partnerships, etc.
Training, collaboration, etc.
Import/export, synergies
Funding, investment, visibility

research, goods and services
Polarity Thinking
Appreciative Inquiry
Social Labs
Neighborhood Priorities
Housing & Buildings
Community Fabric
Jobs, Economic Development & Business Districts
Healthy & Safe
Schools, Youth & Teens
Getting Around
Arts, Culture, Parks & Rec
Establish a neighborhood-level container for wealth creation & retention, and to foster community fabric
Create jobs
Health support
Safety & security
and other neighborhood priorities

An example: The Emilia Romagna Cooperatives in Italy with a neighborhood-based focus.
Use a Social Lab to Incubate Fruitful Projects That Meet Neighborhood Priorities
That Meet
People Who Care: (the Builders of Community Fabric:
Of new neighborhood cooperatives
Local and State government collaboration
Institutional partnerships
Movement-level interest and conversations
Thought Leadership
Polarity Thinking
AI, Systems thinking, STIA
Fiscal agent
Tax-deductible donations
Fund raising from Foundations, etc.
Secretariat and Permanence
Seeing SELF
What is my work and where is it on the map? If not, where would I put it?
What is my theory of change. What is the intended outcome of my action?
Are there unintended consequences of my action that I am not aware of?

Seeing YOU and ME
How does our work relate to each other?
What are enabling conditions for my success?
What partnerships do I need to achieve my mission that I cannot do alone?

Seeing We and WHOLE
Whose perspectives are missing in the map? Who should we invite to the room?
What are the indicators that we care about collectively? What is our shared vision?
What are some potential high leverage points to realize our shared vision?
Who will do that with whom, why, where, how and when?
Collective Dialogue
(making the implicit explicit)
Identify the neighborhood's trade partners and growth clusters
Replace imports by local production
Create new exports (goods and services)
Pool purchases to generate economies of scale
Enhance competitive strengths
Tackle barriers to growth
Attract/create companies to fill strategic gaps
Use a Complete Play Book to Enhance the Value of the Neighborhood
Target investments on key clusters, occupations and gaps
Prioritize growth drivers and catalytic projects to cultivate them
Invest in R&D and engineering to increase added value
Support innovation with focal places and critical infrastructure
Pursue targeted skill development
develop synergy between firms for relationship & outcome driven programs aligned with growth drivers.
Create The Next Economy in the Neighborhood
Focus on cooperative innovation (ecosystem logic) and job quality, expanding both traded and local service economies
Work with anchor institutions, public agencies & innovative firms to have them source locally
Create jobs and Prosperity
Buckminster Fuller:
Don't fight it: make it obsolete.
Wealth Inequality in America,
Perception vs Reality
Following the Systemic Change Process Map
Opportunity Identification
Sensing the field
Potential Backbone Organizations
Wicked Problem
Critical System
Isolated Successes
Cincinnati Police Department
Quiet Convening
Relationship Building
Change Process Design
Champions Identification
Learning Journey
Stakeholder Map & Interview
Dr. Barry Johnson
Polarity Partnerships
Dr. Victor Garcia
Chief Jeffrey Blackwell
Cincinnati Chief of Police
Interview stakeholders & map out the system to raise systems awareness and the desire to collaborate across boundaries
Collaborative Potentials
Systems Aspiration and Stuckiness
Systems Mapping
Systems Awareness
Participative Causal Systems Map
Conceptual Map linking economic, environmental and social sustainability

Self Convening
Shared Vision
Leverage Point Identification
Collective Systems Mapping
Stakeholder Dialogue & Facilitation
U Process
Systemic Change
Shared Strategy
Prototype Projects
Process Coaching
Rapid Results Method
Collaborative Network
Reinforcing Activities
Backbone Organization
& Funding
Developmental Evaluation
Shared Measurement
Systems Leadership Network
After Action Review
Learning Infrastructure
Personal Mastery
Capacity Building Program
Peer Coaching
Action Research
Action Learning Design
Systems Funding
Revenue Generation
Communication Outreach
Hybrid Organization Design
Replicate, Federate and Confederate

Other Cincinnati neighborhoods
The whole city
Other cities
The State
Bolster Cooperatives' Viability & Agility
Dr. Victor Garcia discusses the situation in Cincinnati
"Co-operatives are the antibodies of globalization" by John Restakis
Source Xavier Briggs

Source: http://locallabs.org/cincinnati-ohio-income
Attorney Jenny Kassan of Cutting Edge Capital, The Sustainable Economies Law Center and Katovich Law Group, discusses the in and out's of securities regulation, state and federal law, exemptions, as well as various strategies that small businesses and cooperatives have used to raise needed capital.
Incubating A Cooperative On A Shoestring With Time Banks - Time Banks are a way to get and receive services and create local wherewithal and skills development without dependence on cash.
Michael Ben-Eli:
Sustainability By Design
Assembling Seed Capital
Launching the Community Cooperative movement requires seed capital to
establish the secretariat
incorporate the Community Coop
start the systemic change process
launch initial prototypes
Please contact us : CommunityCoops@corechangecincy.com
Peter Block
Support Neighborhood-level Community Cooperatives launch, develop their autonomy, and be successful.
Carol Gorelick
Jean-Daniel Cusin
Victor Garcia
Peter Block
Barry Johnson

Follow Systemic Change Process Map and Social Lab methodologies
Mix of on site and remote local team support (training, mentoring, accompanying, facilitation, feedback, etc.)
Provide local teams with an array of tools, templates, formats, systems, methods in action
Capture emergent knowledge as it happens for replication and reuse
Eliminate dependencies on external agents
Quick cycle iterations

Daily scrum check-in with team(s)
What was done since yesterday
What is planned now to tomorrow?
What is blocking?
Weekly scrum with Board
Use scrum patter
Board feedback
Report out to stakeholders & investors
Formal monthly progress report
Web-based ongoing updates

Early Co-op website to provide information about the initiative
Recruit into roles (Coop Secretariat and Social Lab teams)
Recruit Co-op members (Founding, regular and sustaining)
Community feedback on priorities
Progress reports
Town hall conferences
Social media
Traditional media
Ad-hoc information sessions
Official launches
Press releases

Establish a physical home base
Briefings, education & training, etc.
Town hall meetings and info sessions
Team work
Prototype fabrication
Establish an online counterpart
Remote collaboration and facilitation
Archive (information and knowledge
Eliminate logistics as a constraint
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