Founder of United Diversity
Curator of the United Diversity Library
Co-founder of The Open Co-op
Associate of P2P Foundation (and occasional contributor to their blog)
Served on the board of Co-operatives London (and built and manage website)
Previously Campaign Coordinator at Media Reform Coalition (started the London Media Democracy Meetup, organised the Media Democracy Festival, commissioned this film, gathered these resources, and made the website)
National Organiser for Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF)
Author of Open Co-ops: Inspiration, Legal Structures & Tools
(since referenced in leading Social Enterprise text book ‘Understanding Social Enterprise, 2nd Edition‘)
Cooperatives Europe‘s working group on cooperatives and the collaborative economy
FairShares Association (contributed to the development of the model rules )
Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS is a volunteer-led Community Land Trust based in south London, I gave early legal structure & strategy advice & have spoken at lots of their public events)
Worker Coop Solidarity Fund (active member)
Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (also made website and spoke at Housing Workshop at AGM)
Co-operatives London (served on board, made and manage the website, do a bit of social media)
Ecological Land Co-operative (Steward member and invest £1000 in our first Community Shares offer but since withdrawn most of it because I needed the money)
The Phone Co-op (long-term customer and member)
Rootstock (invested £100)
Lammas Ecovillage (invested £50)
Fordhall Community Land Initiative (invested £50)
Permaculture Association (also created the first map of LAND projects)
London Rebuilding Society (won £250 of shares at their launch)
The Labour Party (post-Corbyn)
The Co-operative Party (ditto)
Unite the Union (joined in an attempt to vote Corbyn, stayed because of good work they do)
Ecosystem Restoration Camps
The Co-operative College
UK Society for Co-operative Studies
STIR Magazine (my favourite by far)
The Land Magazine (why does virtually no one else write about the crucial issue of access to land and land ownership?)
Ethical Consumer Magazine
Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
Co-produced, spoke at and hosted Open 2017: Platform Co-operatives
Invited to speak to the Greater London Authority’s Regeneration team on Cooperatives: A role in regeneration?
I spoke at and moderated two sessions on “From Platform to Open Cooperativism” at the PeerValue: Advancing the Commons Collaborative Economy conference in Amsterdam
Wearing my CPBF hat I gave a talk on Media Reform, Regulation and Accountability (.pdf) at Citizen Beta‘s Transforming Media event. The talk was largely based on A Manifesto for Media Reform (.pdf) put together by the Media Reform Coalition and the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.
Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency AGM
Helped to deliver the Housing Workshop. Spoke about Community Land Trusts (i.e. London Community Land Trust and my involvement with Rural Urban Synthesis Society), Cohousing (e.g. Low Impact Living Affordable Community) and Housing Co-operatives (especially Sanford Housing Co-op where I lived for 5 years).
Gave a talk on Cooperative Commons at the UK Co-operative Studies Society Annual Conference Exploring the Common – Co-operatives and the alternatives. Earned the slightly embarrassing accolade of being the first person to be invited to speak at the conference based on their Facebook posts.
St Ethelburgas Phoenix Project
Ran a session on What emerging ownership, governance and exchange innovations reflect the new economy? Began with an introductory talk on Co-ops and Commons and then led a group of 15 people on a Bike Tour of Co-op, Community and Commons-based projects around London. Planning notes with lots of useful links here. Rough map of tour route here.
This is what participants had to say:
Cycling between the various projects gave a real sense of the interconnectedness of the city and London suddenly felt more human. The projects we visited were inspiring and diverse and showed that a different way of doing things is not only possible, but is happening right now.
Josef shared his extensive knowledge and contagious enthusiasm throughout the day and I would highly recommend this tour to absolutely anyone.
This cycle tour was a beautiful way to see London and especially all the new ways that London is being re-imagined and re-claimed. All the projects allowed us to connect to wonderful people and see in practice what is happening with co-operatives. We were also allowed to seek their advice and knowledge as well. Josef was a patient and well connected guide. He could have shown us so much more.
This was one of my most memorable and enjoyable days out in London. It was so different. I do not regularly cycle in the city (in fact, this was my first day cycling in the city) and was a little nervous. But the sun was shining, Josef was a super-confident, enthusiastic leader and took us on a true adventure of inspiring grass-roots and community projects and initiatives happening around London. Wherever we went we were welcomed. The whole atmosphere of the day was one of inspiration and awe at what ordinary people are doing everywhere around the city behind the scenes. It was a powerful experiential learning experience that I would recommend to anyone interested in new ways of organising and collaborating.
This tour really opens your eyes to the exciting cooperative and commons activities happening on the ground in London – I had no idea there was such cool stuff happening. Great way to spend a day – active and enlightening!
Church Grove Community Self-Build – How Can It Work?
Rural Urban Synthesis Society Open Day
A talk on Community Networking and the power of the people. Spoke about some inspirational housing examples, including LILAC, Open Source Ecology‘s MicroHouse, WikiHouse, Village Homes, Sanford Housing Co-op, and more.
Open Everything – A Collaborative Economy Convergence
I’ve always wanted to visit Cloughjordan Ecovillage and so when the opportunity to join the P2P Foundation team presented itself I couldn’t resist. There wasn’t really a clear plan of what my role would be but after a very enjoyable rail, sail and cycle there I ended up joining a panel discussion and leading a session on housing co-ops. Huge thanks to Davie Philip for making it all possible.
Also made the website.
OuiShare Fest 2014
Gave talk on “Designing an Open Organisation” as part of a Panel on “Work, Distributed: Horizontal, Liquid & Collaborative organizations” and Co-Moderated the Sharing for Real: What Cooperatives and Collaborative Governance have to offer session, including hosting a discussion about Open Co-ops.
Talking about Building Man Festival with Marcus Letts at Cloud Cuckoo Land Festival.
London Permaculture Festival
In this talk I gave some background about United Diversity and shared some ideas for future plans.
Spoke at the Inspiring Minds Forum on Creating Co-operative Communities
London Green Fair
Ran a workshop on Community Scale Infrastructure
As part of the Caracas Trollparty, I spoke on National Venezuelan Radio, gave a talk on Tools for Open Co-ops, and generally helped to find and organise an international team of Free Software practitioners to run a huge programme of activities as part of World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela.