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Co-Ops

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here. That’s one of the problems when you have about 12 websites to run!

I have no complaints. It’s a great learning experience. The World Is Changing

A lot has happened in the world since I last posted here. We saw the budget deadlock in the US. We’ve seen sovereign debt crises emerge. And the latest thing is Occupy Wall Street.

The world is changing. I ran across a new Twitter hashtag – #democratizingtheeconomy So far it’s only Luke Brocki making use of it, but I’m going to spread the word.

What’s it mean? Who knows? I guess you can define it any way you like. I think it means taking individual control of those aspects of the economy that affect us. I could get all woo woo philosophical about it, but I won’t. instead, I’ll just say that a cowoperative works for that hashtag. It delivers control of your own food supply, it provides for sustainability, and it creates independence. Yes, it comes at a cost, but morecheaperfasterinlessspace isn’t always the goal.

I discovered Luke through Twitter, where he turned up by tweeting a headline about co-ops in the Vancouver Sun. As the article points out, co-ops are common here in BC, and are successful. Think Mountain Equipment Co-Op and Vancity Savings. The article says one third of British Columbians are members in at least one co-op. I’m a member of both of those and have been for decades.

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Since my last post I’ve also been listening to some podcasts. One of the flavours I like is online marketing. An example is Copyblogger, which bills itself as internet marketing for smart people. Two podcasts stick in my mind: Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki. I know, I know. Internet marketing makes you think of gimmicks, but those two guys are thinkers. Godin is a treasure mind of paradigm bending stuff (at least I’m drinking his kool aid). For example, from a recent blog post:

Marketing-focused almost never works.

That’s because no one actually understands what the market wants. When you choose to make something magical instead, when you bring passion instead of calculation to your work, you’re as least as likely to get it right as the guy who is selling out.

For the cowoperative (I actually got this name from another Seth Godin podcast, but couldn’t find anything about them on the web, so I grabbed the URL myself) I think this applies because I don’t know if the market wants this, and I’m not going to tweak it for the market. I’m going to tweak it for myself and my friends and whoever wants to come along for the ride.

I won’t riff a bunch on Guy Kawasaki here, but he’s worth checking out as well. Like Godin, he advocates doing what you want and then finding a market that supports it. (I paraphrase- do your own homework).

Anyway, we’re on the edge of a big change, maybe even a revolution. I don’t think we’ll see anarchy and societal breakdown. I think we’ll see a revolution of values, and I think co-ops will become more attractive. I’m going to keep working on this. If you want to join in, sign up and sign on.

My name is Rob Chipman and I’m a realtor, pilot and all around renaissance man based in Vancouver, BC. I really enjoy flying, playing guitar and hockey, real estate and the Chilcotin. My company is Coronet Realty Ltd., located at 3582 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A7. I have a C-150L that I own with two other pilots, based out of Pitt Meadows. Do not hesitate to contact me by email if I can help you do anything, especially if its likely to be interesting.


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