Lessons From the Front

  • Nov 6, 2022 12:45–2:15PM

  • Auditorium

Guided by Maria Salvador


The Power of Cooperative Mapping in Brazil

Gustavo Mendes, co-founder and Executive Director of Coonecta, will speak about cooperative mapping efforts in Brazil and how the ecosystem’s coops support one another. Coonecta hosted Brazil’s first large-scale platform cooperativism event. Mendes believes that cooperatives can be the protagonists of the digital economy, making it more fair and equitable.


Tech Coop Develops Software for Voting, Deliberation, and Online Assemblies
The tech coop Coopersystem, represented here by Hugo Pimentel Felinto, has developed a software that allows coops to vote, deliberate, and create online assemblies. The software is designed to be user-friendly and accessible, with a focus on ensuring that all members have an equal opportunity to participate. Cooperatives are often based on principles of democracy and inclusion, and this software helps to uphold those values in the digital age. As more and more cooperatives adapt to the changing landscape, tools like this will become essential for ensuring that they can continue to thrive.


Librecode: Free Software Development 

Lívia Gouvêa is the CEO of LibreCode, a free software development tech cooperative. The co-op adds transparency and freedom to technology by giving users control over their data and ensuring that no one is tied to a single platform. They work to create an open, decentralized internet where users have control over their data and their privacy is protected. Their vision is to build a more just and equitable world in which collaboration, rather than competition, drives innovation. By collaborating, they can develop powerful technologies that benefit everyone, not just a select few.


CoopCycle in Argentina: Scaling-up through Territorialized Implementations

Denise Kasparian, a professor at the University of Buenos Aires, is interested in the cooperatives’ potential as a means of social and occupational empowerment. In particular, she has examined the introduction of CoopCycle, a federation of 70 worker cooperatives in the food delivery sector, in Argentina. Kasparian is optimistic that CoopCycle will be successful in Argentina (and beyond), and she intends to continue studying the platform to determine how it impacts the lives of communities and workers.


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