RECIPROKA

(Esperanto for “mutual”)

Reciproka facilitates the development of a co-owned network of open co-operatives through ownership transfer, network building and co-operative accumulation.

CO-OPERATIVE TRANSITION – NOW.

A timely opportunity

The coming retirement of millions of baby boom entrepreneurs around the world represents an enormous opportunity to catalyse a transition towards a sustainable and community-empowering economy. Together, we can build on the achievements of previous generations to let their legacies continue to strengthen local communities. The generational transfer ahead provides the opportunity to transform private enterprises of retiring owners into sustainable open co-operatives.

Why co-operative transition

By transferring ownership from retiring entrepreneurs to their employees, we ensure owners that their enterprises remain active and anchored in their local community, managed by the very people who have built it up over their lifetimes. This transition can go hand in hand with timely visions how to manage enterprises in democratic and empowering ways as well as embedding deep sustainability in their business models. Together, we can usher in a new era of life-sustaining economics that works for everybody.

SELF-PROPELLING ENTREPRENEURIAL COALITION FOR AN ETHICAL ECONOMY

While several organizations already provide services for workers and communities to gain ownership over productive assets, we believe that a more systematic approach is required to create an ethical and federated counter-economy able to perpetuate itself on its own.
A network of mutually-owned co-operatives federated around a common accumulation mechanism might just do the trick to instigate a self-propelling co-operative system.

Reclaiming the commons

Traditional co-operatives tend to adopt the logic of their market environment by focusing on individual organisational gain rather than the build-up of an integrated, ethical economy. Reciproka functions as a structure to align interests by mutualising ownership of each co-operative under a common trusteeship legal structure.

Reclaiming finance

To turn this federated coalition into a self-propelling co-operative system, it needs a mechanism to accumulate value for further expansion. Therefore, a share of each co-operative’s profits is pooled to feed a common internal investment fund designed to grow this ethical entrepreneurial coalition through further conversions.

HERE IS HOW IT WORKS

Reciproka is a system that facilitates the development of a self-propelling, open co-operative movement through ownership transfer support services, network building and co-operative accumulation.

Financial and technical support facilitate individual enterprise conversions. Network building services and common ownership unite the co-operative ventures into a federated whole. The co-operative accumulation mechanism is the missing piece which makes the co-operative system integrated, competitive and financially attractive for outsiders to join.

BENEFITS FOR THE RESPECTIVE STAKEHOLDERS

GET IN TOUCH

We are currently in the early stages of designing Reciproka and building up alliances for collaboration once we start operating. If you are an experienced facilitator of co-operative ownership transfer, organisational transition, interested in funding Reciproka and/or want to discuss further possibilities to collaborate, please contact us at:

Of course, you are most welcome to also write to us if you are curious to receive more detailed information about Reciproka or just want to have a chat and get to know each other. We look forward to hearing from you and to building a brighter future together,

Janosch Sbeih & Jérôme Birolini