Turning r/cooperatives subreddit into a platform coop?
There was a discussion in platform cooperative email list about democratic online communities. I threw out an idea on transforming r/cooperatives, a subreddit with around 7300 subscribers into a coop. I believe it is the largest online community for coops.
Josh Davis who is a moderator there and who I've talked to before (he also runs GEO) said he is open to a proposal that could be presented to the other moderators about converting it into a coop.
Perhaps conversion into a legally binding cooperative is too complicated, but I really think we should use our imagination in implementing some sort of coop structure in operating the community.
Perhaps it could be as simple as having mods elected by users who have made over 50 posts into the subreddit or who pay $1/month membership fee?
Wwe could do outreach by donating 10$ every month to a r/cooperatives fund that would be given to a coop that has a coop crowdfunding campaign going on (and doing so would also get more visibility to the crowdfunding monitor and alerts twitter account). The subreddit users could vote on how the funds are distributed between crowdfunding campaigns added to the monitor that month (we could do this using the comment up/downvote system.) I could match the 10$ with 10$ of my own money.
I try to think of ideas that we could present. I also came across "one click cooperatives" concept which I think is cool and could perhaps be used in this case.
Nevertheless, I think we should utilize r/cooperatives as an outreach channel for P6. I am a moderator in a "cooperative empowerment" discord chat group that has grown to around 72 members. I would love to see r/cooperatives and the discord chat group fostering an ecosystem of online coop community spaces with low treshold to join (chat, facebook, online forum groups, etc.)
I will try to come up with more ideas to present to the moderators, but would love to hear your thoughts about this.