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===Inspirations for this Model===
 
===Inspirations for this Model===
This model takes as consideration the work of the [[Open World Cafe]] that is produce by the [[Open World Foundation]] and the [[Replanting a Rainforest]] project of the Open World Foundation.  [[Stephen Hinton]] and [[Alex Rollin]] decided it was the time to get started on it.
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This model takes as consideration the work of the [http://www.openworldcafe.com/ Open World Cafe] that is produce by the [http://www.openworldfoundation.org/OWCafe.htm Open World Foundation] and the [http://www.openworldfoundation.org/ReplantingaRainforest.htm Replanting a Rainforest] project of the Open World Foundation.  [[Stephen Hinton]] and [[Alex Rollin]] thought the idea was a good one and invite you to co-create it with us.
  
===Why an Open Cafe Cooperative Network Model===
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===Why an Open Cafe Model?===
The cafe has become the new public space in the communityPeople gather to work, chat, relax, read, and meet the people they want to be with.  They sit for hours, meet friends for a quick bite, and go one about their business.
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The first reason to create a model is to share our individual progress as we go about building an open cafe in our own neighborhoodThis is a place to share progress, setbacks, and to work on tools that we can use to help our community bring a cafe into being and keep it working for us.
  
For those involved in building [[Commons Based P2P Network]]s a cafe could be a place to start in your community. It can serve as a great place to meet new people who want to join into your community enterprise, and the cafe itself can be a shining example of the tip of the iceberg for the work that could be done in the community.
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A cafe is a relatively simple place to start.   Lots of people have experience with the activities related to a cafe, for example: running a kitchen, serving our friends coffee, and even the purchase of all the things needed for a cafe like cups or napkins.  Starting with a project people are comfortable with gives the project an advantage over other things.
  
Many people know things about cafes.  They are relatively simple to run, and in some ways only a bit more complex than a busy home kitchen when it comes to daily operationA cafe operates at a level that many people in the community can understand and get involved in.  Making it a great place is like covering it in honey to attract the bees who will do the work of making their community beautiful, feeding from the inspiration of this cafe centerpiece.
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Why a cafe?  Because people use cafes, and they do so oftenCafes are often the center of community life, and at the very least a great place to meet close friends, or to invite new folks for a get-to-know-you-chatEither way, cafes are the "3rd home" to a lot of folks, between the office and the house.
  
===Thinking about the cafe as an idea===
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===Thinking about the community cafe idea===
 
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!10 Reasons a Cafe might be a good idea for a community owned enterprise where you live:
 
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!What makes a god cafe an open cafe?  What might a community need?
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!What makes a good cafe?  What might a community need?
 
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;We can hear each other : The place is muted enough that on a crowded day no one has to shout too loud.  Music works for the mood, but works with the people inside, instead of trying to set the mood on top of them.
 
;We can hear each other : The place is muted enough that on a crowded day no one has to shout too loud.  Music works for the mood, but works with the people inside, instead of trying to set the mood on top of them.
 
;We can meet : A small group can make a good bet that they can show up and find a table.  Perhaps members can even make reservation.
 
;We can meet : A small group can make a good bet that they can show up and find a table.  Perhaps members can even make reservation.
;Online, LOUD : Everyone knows where the place is.  It is broadcasting everything that is happening there.  It's fun like that.  Live.   
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;Online, Easy to Find : Everyone knows where the place is.  It is broadcasting everything that is happening there.  It's fun like that.  Live.   
 
;Connect it to the Commons : Make every process in the enterprise connect to the commons.  Everything that happens there helps the commons to serve the community.
 
;Connect it to the Commons : Make every process in the enterprise connect to the commons.  Everything that happens there helps the commons to serve the community.
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!How can the community own the place?  Rights, responsibilities?
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;Membership for customers : Every customer can be a member and owner of the cafe.  With a small donation and their signature they "join" the ownership group.
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;Maker meetings :  Every owning member can come to a vision meeting and share their ideas or project that involves the cafe.
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;Coordination team :  A leadership team could be chosen by the members to help keep the day-to-day activities of the cafe on course.  This team can include the staff and volunteer representation.
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;Steering committee : The owning members can elect members to the steering committee every year.  This committee could keep the "big picture" in view and help the owning members to navigate the cafe.
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;Community advisors : Depending on the neighborhood there may be many different stakeholder groups who could be consulted about the cafe operations.  A community advisory group could be a place where representatives of the community can gather to discuss the cafe and the community, and offer advice.
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;Annual voting : Owning members can vote annually.  This is a great time to educate members about what it means to be owners and invite folks to help make the impossible possible. 
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;Community commons : Every owner can spread the word about the joys of ownership.  Invite friends from other communities to see the cafe, and take a copy of the operating manual.  They can get a jump start with a copy of everything known about how to make the cafe a success.
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!Where does the money come from for a cafe?  What about the storefront?
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;Collecting startup funds : Each member of the team organizing the cafe can work to collect start up moneys.  This is the money that the cafe needs to get things going.  Typically 6 months to 1 year of operating expenses is a good place to start.
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;Government connections :  Your community government may have a program that can make life easier for your cafe to get started.  Ask them if they have any programs for community owned enterprises.
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;Loans :  Private loans with little or no interest are the best kind to have.  See if you can establish a line of credit with a bank.
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;Donations : Some community members may be interested in making donations to get the cafe going.  Expect them to be interested in your business plan.
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;Membership shares : You could organize your cafe in such a way that you can offer low cost membership shares.  These might only cost 1EUR, but folks might be interesting in buying several, or hundreds of them.  Think about how you can publicize your members who own more than one share.
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;Purchases : You can start offering items for purchase before the cafe is open.  Consider giving out another membership share for every 10. 
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;Community commons : Every owner can spread the word about the joys of ownership.  Invite friends from all over the communities to join in and give what they can to make it a success.
 
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*[[Financial Permaculture Worksheet]] - tool to be used to map the commons of the cafe.  Can be used on any scale for examining inputs and outputs for a system using group discussion.
 
*[[Financial Permaculture Worksheet]] - tool to be used to map the commons of the cafe.  Can be used on any scale for examining inputs and outputs for a system using group discussion.
 
===Internal Links===
 
===Internal Links===
*[[P2P Consultancy Cooperative]]
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*[[P2PCC]]
*[[Open World Cafe]]
 
 
===External Links==
 
===External Links==
 
*[http://cheltenhamconnect.co.uk./ Cheltenham Connect]
 
*[http://cheltenhamconnect.co.uk./ Cheltenham Connect]

Revision as of 09:48, 20 August 2010

Introduction to the Open Cafe Cooperative Network Model

The Open Cafe Cooperative Network Model helps a community group to create a cafe right in the middle of their community to serve as a third place where people may gather and as a shining example of Community Ownership and governance in the heart of your neighborhood.

Inspirations for this Model

This model takes as consideration the work of the Open World Cafe that is produce by the Open World Foundation and the Replanting a Rainforest project of the Open World Foundation. Stephen Hinton and Alex Rollin thought the idea was a good one and invite you to co-create it with us.

Why an Open Cafe Model?

The first reason to create a model is to share our individual progress as we go about building an open cafe in our own neighborhood. This is a place to share progress, setbacks, and to work on tools that we can use to help our community bring a cafe into being and keep it working for us.

A cafe is a relatively simple place to start. Lots of people have experience with the activities related to a cafe, for example: running a kitchen, serving our friends coffee, and even the purchase of all the things needed for a cafe like cups or napkins. Starting with a project people are comfortable with gives the project an advantage over other things.

Why a cafe? Because people use cafes, and they do so often. Cafes are often the center of community life, and at the very least a great place to meet close friends, or to invite new folks for a get-to-know-you-chat. Either way, cafes are the "3rd home" to a lot of folks, between the office and the house.

Thinking about the community cafe idea

More Information

References

Resources

  • Financial Permaculture Worksheet - tool to be used to map the commons of the cafe. Can be used on any scale for examining inputs and outputs for a system using group discussion.

Internal Links

=External Links