I’m working with @ColmJunior at the Institute for Solidarity Economics (ISE), Oxford, UK.
ISE is new, formed in the first half of 2015. We (along with many others we’ve talked to) believe that an important step towards growing the “alternative” economy, in all its varied forms, is to know who’s already operating within it. Currently, it is not possible to answer this question, even approximately. Does that sound familiar?
We have just started a project, working with other interested parties in the UK, to address this problem. Fortunately, we have found TransforMap, and realise that there is a huge overlap between our goals. We are not fans of reinventing the wheel! To put that another way, I want to find out if there is any reason why we cannot implement our project ‘simply’ by populating TransforMap. To start with, I have a list of approaching 10,000 co-operatives in the UK. I don’t want to include too much detail here, as I think that it is better to use separate threads on this forum to get into detailed discussions.
My own background is in mathematics and software engineering.