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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.  
: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.  
:Every owning member can come to a vision meeting and share their ideas or project that involves the cafe.  
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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.  
: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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;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.
: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.  
 
;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.  
 
;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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: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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;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.  
: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.  
: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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;Donations : Some community members may be interested in making donations to get the cafe going. Expect them to be interested in your business plan.  
;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.  
 
;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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: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.  
 
: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.  
: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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;Look around the community : the following graphic shows how you could start by looking at your community enterprise in orange and look there, then further out to see connection with all the stakeholders in your community.  Wouldn't it be nice to give everyone in the city the pride of ownership?
: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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;Ethical networks : The Cafe could sign the Earth Charter, or work with the Open World Cafés principles.  The cafe could also sign the Krakow declaration.
For example, the Cafe could sign up for the Earth Charter or Open World Cafés own decree and be let in by a committee after application
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;Sustainability Partners : Transition Towns, the Oil awareness groups, or other "do-it-yourself" improvement networks (See meetup.com for inspiration).In Sweden there are the Local economy development groups.
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I can think of several wonderful groups of people, Transition Towns, Self help groups, Oil awareness groups (See meetup.com for inspiration).In Sweden we have Local economy development groups... all need a place to meet.
 
 
 
 
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Revision as of 11:54, 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

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