Who we are

Bank of the Commons is an open cooperative initiative whose objective is to transform banking, payments and currencies in order to support the economy used in cooperative and social movements both at a global and a local level. We are building another economy for a better society.

Bank of the Commons has adopted FairCoin as a strategic global social currency and blockchain technology upon which to base the development and adoption of decentralized financial structures for the Commons.

Legally, it is based on the networking process of existing cooperative structures in different parts of the world, and on the creation of an European Cooperative Society in Italy, which will take care of the social capital invested in Bank of the Commons, providing it with an independent legal status.

On the 7th of June 2017, Bank of the Commons has entered its Beta stage, opened its doors, and has begun to offer banking services to our first members as a beta stage. So that this can be possible from the very first day, Bank of the Commons has partnered with the local Catalan financial coop CASX, involved in the ecosystem of the Catalan Integral Cooperative

The full activity, involving the European Cooperative Society, will begin in September 2017.
Bank of the Commons combines the open assembly methodology (that has characterized movements like 15M, Occupy and the integral cooperatives) with professional work in areas such as economics, accounting, programming, management, legal issues or communication.

Amongst the co-founders there are already various collectives: global cooperative ecosystem FairCoop, community currency developers Dyne, Macao the arts space in Milan, and many activists with experience in the field, such as Enric Durán, Heloisa Primavera and Dídac Sánchez Costa. With this first announcement, we call on people, cooperatives, collectives, networks of different parts of the world, to join the process, as co-founders or as members, and participate in organizing and deciding on the bank’s future together.

List of Co-founders
Collectives

FairCoop. Earth cooperative ecosystem for a fair economy

Dyne. Free software development network

Macao. Self organised centre for Arts, Culture and Research in Milan

Grupo de consumo y apoyo mutuo de la Sierra del Segura. Consumers and mutual aid group in Sierra del Segura

Seedbloom.it. Open investment and governance platform targeted at platform cooperatives and ethically driven enterprises

We sign it. Petitioning platform for a better world

The Integral Permaculture Academy (IPA)

Synergiehub. An epicenter for self-empowered culture

Blockades.org. Critical research practice specialising in rapid experimentation, design & prototyping

Sporos. Multiactive cooperative to help you to make a Better Living

Robin Hood Asset Management Cooperative. Democratizing finance on the Blockchain

GracianOrg. Your social personal finance platform

Individuals

Enric Duran. Activist on cooperativist ecosystems and alternative economy

Heloisa Primavera. University professor and activist in social currencies in Latin America since 1996

Dídac Sanchez Costa. Sociologist, activist in social currencies

@Tereseta. Multitasking hacktivist, occasional bank co-founder

Neil Haran. Software engineer, activist and angel investor for democracy and decentralization

Jan Ritsema. St.Erme, France

Mattin. Artist

Sofokles Dans. Scientist, writer, hacktivist specialist in social engineering and Internet freedom

Michiel Vandeveld

Mmoya. Software engineer. Free software and decentralization activist

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Xavier Zambrana Puyalto. Researcher

Bretton Taylor

Pablo Gustavo Rodriguez

Sebastian Gampe. Co-founder of Open Source Ecology Germany e.V.

Ursina

Thomas König

Roland Alton

Montse Bernàcer. Teacher and activist in social currencies

Amaya Pou. Environmental psychologist, university professor and activist in social and solidarity economy

Nikolay Georgiev

Elsie Bryant

Chenshak

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