Co-operatives may be an old-fashioned idea, but they’re making a comeback; everyone from city planners to small businesses are tapping into the spirit of co-operation to achieve their goals. This week, we take a look at some great examples people working together:
Crowdsourcing sites like through Kickstarter and urban improvement apps such as SeeClickFix are both successful examples of the wisdom of crowds, and these two concepts are now being married by a host of new start-ups looking to tap local communities to raise money for urban improvements. This Mashable list shows three innovative new sites and shows how they are helping to revamp local communities around the world.
We already love the hack day concept here at FreeAgent, and we’re delighted to see that the NHS have created their own, co-operative version of Hack Day. Launched this year, NHS Hack Days bring doctors, software developers, and healthcare leaders together to solve problems across the UK’s major city health boards.
Peer-to-peer lending sites have steadily gained momentum over the past few years, and are now becoming a real option for small businesses who are looking for a new source of finance. Peer-to-business lending sites like Funding Circle, Thin Cats, and Seedrs have launched in the UK, and in the US, sites like Prosper and Lending Club have already loaned millions of dollars.
The leaders of Kalamazoo, Michigan had a problem: they wanted to boost their stagnant economy and encourage people to live and invest in their town over a long term. Their solution is an exciting new community experiment: anonymous Kalamazoo citizens group together every year to pay for the college education of every single graduating student in the town. The Kalamazoo Promise has not only helped its own community, but has inspired similar programs in 25 other cities.
Finally, we just had to celebrate this example of how talented individuals come together to work in perfect harmony. The amazing Ohio State University Marching Band - whose displays of co-operation and panache are now viral hits on YouTube, have outdone themselves with their latest performance: a breathtaking homage to video games. Wow.
Is there a great example of cooperation that you think we’ve missed? Hit us up in the comments or on Twitter. And have a great weekend!