Connecting Socio-technical Ecosystems: Ideas on how to connect Web 3 and Platform Cooperatives

Ideas for connecting Web3 (i.e., blockchain) with Platform Cooperatives

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Ideas for connecting Web 3 with Platform Cooperatives

Some ideas below on how this connection can be accomplished.

  1. For Decentralized Applications (DApps), using cooperative web hosting and servers to host DApps
  2. Organizational Technology (OrgTech) configuration package optimized for Co-operative governance, administration and/or operations (e.g., accounting configuration for internal member accounts and handling member and non-member transactions)
  3. Common property regime for Web 3 technologies by utilizing a cooperative as an intellectual property holding entity
  4. Consumer’s cooperatives offering a cash-back or rewards program for members in cryptocurrency
  5. Platform cooperatives utilizing Web3 wallets for user identity, login/out and authentication
  6. Cooperatives creating a mutual credit token to be exchanged among partner cooperatives
  7. Cooperatives advising Web3.0 projects on applying democratic governance within their own communities
  8. DeFi or OpenFi projects partnering with Credit Unions, CUledger, or even Filene Research Institute to test their products in real-world settings
  9. Cooperatives acting as fiscal hosts for legally unincorporated p2p networks so that they can interact with traditional financial systems
  10. Cooperatives accepting cryptocurrencies (or tokens) as a community currency to support the local economy, pursuant to principle seven.
  11. Possible collaboration between Stocksy United and Creativechain to use the Creativechain blockchain and the Creary DApp for selling Stocksy United’s stock photos (primarily lesser value stock photos).
  12. A cooperative-owned, privacy-preserving web browser that interacts with Web3 technologies.
  13. A Cooperative developing a node operator on the Chainlink network for democratizing data oracles
  14. Data Cooperatives using the blockchain to track changes in their datastore
  15. Data Cooperatives using data platforms such as Ocean Protocol, Streamr, and SingularityNet
  16. A platform cooperative developing intelligent assistants which are accessible on a blockchain
  17. A platform cooperative offering data storage or pinning services on a distributed data storage provider such as the InterPlantery File System, Siacoin, and Filecoin.
  18. WIR bank creating a DeFi product (specifically, a mutual credit network) that is accessible to individuals, cooperatives, or both, and a DAO to manage such a project (for multi-stakeholder considerations).
  19. A cooperative-based custodian for cryptocurrency wallets (i.e., a crypto-custodian).
  20. A cooperative offering a client for a blockchain protocol.
  21. A cooperative federation creating a blockchain protocol and allowing cooperative members to create clients for the blockchain protocol.
  22. A cooperative using a token bonding curve to offer membership shares to the general public.
  23. A cooperative using a token curated registry to create a curated list of items in a multistakeholder model where requestors are members and curators are members.
  24. A cooperative using OrgTech to handle their corporate governance matters.
  25. A cooperative federation funding local cooperatives developing a search engine that can be paid for with cryptocurrency
  26. A cooperative (e.g., Fairmondo or CoopExchange) developing a blockchain-based marketplace on the Ethereum blockchain with 0x.
  27. A cooperative setting up a timebank exchange where people can trade services-for-services or simply monetary remuneration (a la Helsinki Timebank)[9].
  28. A cooperative of freelancers developing a services market a la UpWork with the aid of blockchain and smart contracts.
  29. A credit union or CUledger offering prize-linked savings accounts on the blockchain a la PoolTogether.
  30. A cooperative for supply chain management that utilizes a blockchain for tracking and authenticating the lifecycle of parts.

New Platform Cooperative Models

Social Identity

Providing a social (data that intersects with others) digital (in cyberspace) identity layer to members as they traverse cyberspace so that they can prove who they are based on their interactions or relationship with other community members and thus democratizing and decentralizing digital identity.

Data Oracles and APIs

Expanding Data Cooperatives to also provide APIs for blockchain-based systems (and Web 3 overall) and provide a democratic data layer.

Freelancers Cybersecurity Cooperative

Providing a cooperative for open source developers (assuming the developers are freelancers) to handle the cybersecurity concerns associated with their software (like Smart Cooperative but for handling cybersecurity issues in open source software) because the task of managing security concerns can be too much of a hassle for developers individually (it would be easier to handle the risk mutually like insurance) and the risks of security issues can affect multiple individuals and organizations, thus such issues can have a major societal effect.

Market Data Cooperative

This idea is still under development

Developing a CrunchBase-like cooperative for industry market data on actors in counter-movements.


  1. Cloud Storage Cooperatives and Commons
  2. List of Blockchain Cooperatives
  3. Open Source repos from Cooperatives
  4. Four Co-ops With Their Own Currency
  5. What would a Co-op Coin ICO look like?
  6. Growing the Co-operative Economy
  7. Co-operative Exchange Token
  8. Dear Blockchain, You Were Not the First Decentralized Network.
  9. Helsinki Timebank’s ABC : working principles and Tovi-etiquette
  11. Prize-linked Savings Accounts
  12. Intersectional Social Data
  13. Open-source developers say securing their code is a soul-withering waste of time
  14. Smart Cooperative
  15. Exonym
  16. Verifying Identity as a Social Intersection
  17. CrunchBase

Originally published on 2021-12-24 on Medium.