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William Holz

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Could a few of us get some help with an overwhelmingly big idea? We call it the Co-opernation. We could also use help naming things.

My beloved and I would often get frustrated watching TED talks, seeing all these lovely, brilliant ideas that we were afraid would never happen in the real world, even though they made more sense than what we saw around us.

When she passed away, a few of us started working on an idea she inspired.

The idea was to stop fighting AGAINST anything and to simply use every single tool at our disposal to make a better place for the people we loved. We looked in a lot of right places and even more wrong ones, focused on seeing tools as what they were rather than what they were used for, and a strange question presented itself.

Would it be possible to take the framework of a corporation, like a Valve or Mondragon, insert a whole bunch of other people's amazing ideas and basically, turn corporate campuses into charter cities? Could we free people to simply help other people and remove most of the worries society has created? If we do this right could we hire anybody who wants to be a good person and contribute to the greater good and instantly free them from the current messes we're in?

So, we found our 'yes' answer pretty early (mostly standing on the shoulders of giants who hate each other), but it was a scary revolutionary confrontational thing and somehow that just felt WRONG. So we dedicated ourselves to making it gentle, harmless, hilarious, and non-threatening, and we're pretty much there.

And now we need help! We're shy, but since TED really is the biggest source we have, we want to start here. Our hope is to get some help organizing us, getting this idea out there and into some better hands so it can grow and get even better, then we can hopefully crowdsource a mellow revolution.

If anybody could point us in the right direction it'd be great!

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    May 9 2013: This idea/project/movement is ambitious & difficult to encapsulate, and my friend Will is just non-linear & intelligent & creative enough that I expect many folks have had the reaction, "Hoo boy, another pie-in-the-sky wingnut!"

    While the Coopernation idea was catalyzed by the death of Will's late wife, they had been talking about aspects of it for years. Will has experience with large-scale efforts from his work in multinational corporations and the military -- but he'd rather work behind the scenes than be a spokesperson. His harasser is, unfortunately, quite real, and while currently under a restraining order, has managed to be very destructive to his family, friends and coworkers over the years. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction...

    Thank you to all who've participated in the conversation here! We're going to keep posting on other sites, and hopefully find a few key folks to take the ball and run with it (:
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      May 9 2013: Ooh, I just found out I can extend it for a bit longer! Yay.
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      May 10 2013: I don't think it sounds "pie-in-the-sky wingnut." Why would you think it would come across that way? I must be missing something.
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        May 10 2013: I'm being fairly disciplined. :)

        It's easy to skip around from bit to bit, and since so many pieces have so many other contexts that one bad assumption can kind of derail the perception of the whole thing. Just using the WORD corporation gets people thinking about profit and fiscal incentives and such, when we're just using the legal framework and pretty much able to ignore all of that.

        I've given the wrong impression before in my eagerness. Amanda's saved me there more than once. :)

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