Colorado

A regional collection of commons and possibilities.

Academia

Agriculture and food

Art

  • Creative Strategies for Change - “Mission: Mobilizing Arts and Education for Social Justice”
  • RedLine - “RedLine is a non-profit contemporary art center. Our vision is to empower every person to create social change through art.”

B-Corps

Blockchain

  • OPOLIS - “the only comprehensive ecosystem that was built purely to bring positive change to the way that employers find great talent and people find great jobs”

Business development

Childcare

Cohousing

Coworking

  • Denver Shared Spaces - “We ensure that the Denver Metro is home to a dynamic network of effective shared space centers through programs that Create, Improve, and Champion shared spaces”

Cooperatives

Co-op policy

Health co-ops

Energy co-ops

  • Amicus Solar Cooperative - “a group of PV installers, integrators, EPCs and developers, who benefit by collaborating to lower customer acquisition costs, streamline project financing and drastically improve operational efficiencies”
  • Namasté Solar - Employee-owned energy company

Rural electric co-ops

  • United Power Cooperative - “a not-for-profit electric cooperative, owned by the customer-members who receive electricity from us”—”The service territory extends from the mountains of Coal Creek and Golden Gate Canyon to the farmlands of Brighton, Hudson and Keenesburg. At the end of 2014, the cooperative reached more than 75,000 meters representing more than 200,000 customers.“

Real estate co-ops

Taxi co-ops

Tech co-ops

Energy

ESOPs

Note: Louis Kelso, the creator of the ESOP, was born in Denver and attended CU Boulder for is undergraduate and law degree.

Beer

Finance

  • Colorado Enterprise Fund - Non-profit, co-op-friendly small-business lender
  • P2Bi - “Working capital that works, $250,000 to $10 million+ in an asset-backed revolving line of credit”, CEO G. Krista Morgan
  • StartWise - “Invest in companies you care about and receive a share of the company's revenue”

Bibliography

Journalism

  • Free Speech TV
  • Public News Service - Boulder-based, “a member-supported news service that advocates journalism in the public interest. PNS's network of state-based news services distribute high quality public interest news and information to both mainstream and alternative media on a daily basis”

Labor

  • El Centro Humanitario - “Denver’s only day laborer center promoting work, dignity and community”
  • United for a New Economy - ” a base-building, multi-issue, multi-racial 501©4 organization working to ensure that Colorado's economy works for every worker and not just the wealthy few in Colorado. We are member-led, and empower Coloradans to create real change in their communities“ - “an affiliate of the Center for Popular Democracy”

Land

  • Urban Land Conservancy - “acquires, develops, and preserves community real estate assets in urban areas for a variety of community needs such as schools, affordable housing, community centers and office space for nonprofits”

Media

  • Denver Open Media - “a project supported by the Open Media Foundation, designed to be managed by the community. The Open Media Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to putting the power of media and technology in the hands of the people.”
  • Open Media Foundation - “Putting the power of the media and technology in the hands of the people.”
  • Voqal - “we work at the intersection of media and technology to advance social equity”

Money

  • Boulder Currency - “Our network is free to join, takes no percentage off of any trade and has no monthly fees. Our network is financed solely by the issuing of barter credit in the form of our silver Gaian.”
  • COjacks - “a local currency for the businesses and people of Colorado”
  • SkillShare TimeBank - based in Boulder

Governance

  • digitdemos - Polling platform for political option, delivered to politicians

Tech

Transportation