DisCOs exist to midwife a better future for work.
The DisCO manifesto induces a song in the heart and a skip in the step to those who, like me, yearn to see varied collectives of self-organised people empowered through more distributed forms of governance.
Distributed Cooperative Organisations (or DisCOs) are P2P/Commons, cooperative and Feminist Economic alternative to Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (or DAOs) blockchain-based entities that can operate autonomously to execute payments, levy penalties, and enforce terms and contracts with minimal human interaction.
“The DisCO takes a friendly but carefully planned approach to people working together to create value in ways that are cooperative, commons-oriented and rooted in feminist economics. DisCOs are amplified by the power of Distributed Ledger/Blockchain technologies, harnessing the utility of tech without being completely tech-centric, emphasizing mutual trust and remembering to have fun.” They use the best aspects of DAO tech, and to apply them to inclusive, locally grounded and transnationally networked cooperatives that focus on social and environmental work.
Download and read the DisCO Manifesto here, with a foreword written by me.