Purpose of Koto Coop is development of technologies and social structures that makes sustainable, post-scarcity society possible and making this development feasible. To advance this development we aim at creating operational models which lets us succeed in getting people involved and providing them livelihood. This way we strive at sustainably supporting development and research.
Part of a larger community
As a community we feel like we are part of a larger global movement towards sustainable world. Our core principles that we share with that movement, and which guide our actions, are: sustainable development, focusing on welfare, sense of community, free and open source and sharing economy. We aspire to work, as much as possible, with other parties which we share common principles and goals with. Through co-operation we can be more efficient while we work to achieve goals we share.
Development of tecnologies
At the core of our work is, development of technologies, that are life supporting and enable livelihood, from a workshop perspective. We try to take advantage of the efficiency that technology makes possible, but we will not start to develop industry scale solutions — at least not yet. We develop for example solutions related to food and energy production, general production like recycling, manufacturing, refinement and treatment of materials, and solutions for infrastructure, building, installing and maintenance. In fact we strive to develop and research all society supporting technologies in a smaller scale. In our development, we use as much as possible, free and open-source solutions available. All the fruits of our development and research we share openly on internet.
Our model of operation is to organize as units and teams. Teams work on different subject areas, and give a chance to participate according to ones skills and interests. For the most part development is done in these teams. Units on the other function mainly locally and try to give livelihood for their members. In units technologies developed in the coop are implemented and utilized. Some of the units might resemble “high-tech eco-villages” and other are solutions more suitable in cities. There models of operation are fixed, but developing them to be as working, sustainable and efficient is an important function of the coop. While we gather new people, we strive to develop formulas which gives a chance to participate for as many interested people as possible.
Considering finances of Koto, it will try to grow it’s self-sufficiency gradually while expanding activity. After all coop will need sources of income to support activity and exspecially to grow and develop. Key source of income will be work billed through coop and selling products Koto produces. We can also get income from donations, member fees, growd funding or funding applied for projects.
Our core goal is to create a positive spiral, in which we can utilize and implement technolgies we have developed, and with those to spread and improve our actions and thus develop even better tehcniques and tecnologies.
Technology and livelihood
With technology we will produce, for members of the coop, livelihood as high as possible with as little work as possible and as sustainably as possible. As a result of our development we will reduce amount of work needed to sustain the finances of Koto, which lets us work more on development and leaves more resources for new people and expanding the coop.
While we develop new ways of providing livelihood for our members, we will gradually decrease out dependency on outward trade and monetary economy. Even while we don’t necessarily strive for full self-sufficiency, with high enough degree we can keep our activity sustainable when we are not dependent on external income. The less we are dependent of it, the less we should support it.
When we have succeeded
We have succeed in out goal, when Koto can give people a change to use their time developing technologies, that are in align with Koto’s purpose, without having to worry about their livelihood. The more me advance with this goal, more we can give oportunities to enjoy safety of livelihood, for people only wishing to join maintaining implementations of technology without joining the development of them.
A few words about legal structure of coop: Activity on in coop is guided by rules of the coop. According to those rules Koto coop is nonprofit. Coop won’t share dividends which means that all the possible surplus will be invested in it’s own activity. Board, which in the beginning has only one member, acts as operative management of the coop. Operations of coop are decided by the assembly of members where every member has one vote. Operations are guided and defined by Finnish law.
We need you
Koto coop has been founded to support working to achieve a better world. To succeed in our goal, we need you. Acitivity in the coop will take shape depending on what kind of skills and interests people interested in joining have. We need people who have the passion to work on meaningul things even if there doesn’t always seem to be enough hours in a day. We will try to organize ways to participate for everybody.
If you are interested in joining the action contact us: