Rachel Arnould has over ten years’ experience in building web platforms for social and ecological aims. She co-founded CoopCircuits, a platform cooperative dedicated to short supply chains. CoopCircuits main service provides an open source e-commerce platform that makes it easy to create innovative, independent, community enterprises. Farmers and producers setting up their own online stores can use the software, it is designed to help them collaborate and sell together, to create thriving, viable enterprises. In the cooperative’s vision all actors of the distribution system (suppliers, distributors, consumers…) can control the tools they are using and can pool their resources to build and manage these tools together, ensuring their sustainability. They share them openly to allow as many people as possible to benefit from them and thus maximize their impact.

CoopCircuits is part of the Open Food Network, an open source and not-for-profit web community operating in 20 countries.