Convene. Connect. Coop. Share and sustainably solve your social problems cooperatively
People suffer from social problems in isolation. No sustainable solution to social problems.
Share and sustainably solve your social problems cooperatively on COOPIST website
Step 1: Convene
What: Share your social problems on COOPIST together with everyone
Why: Because you are not the only one
How: Share your thoughts in a simple, easy to use webpage
Step 2: Connect
What: People with common social problems connect
Why: To collectively solve their common social problems
How: Through the COOPIST connectivity
Step 3: Coop
What: People who opt to contribute to Coop join form a Coop
Why: See the Coop benefits below
How: See the legal structure of Coop below
What is a Coop, Co-op or Cooperative?
A cooperative ("coop") or co-operative ("co-op") is an autonomous association of persons who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual, social, economic, and cultural benefit.
A cooperative is a legal entity owned and democratically controlled by its members. Members often have a close association with the enterprise as producers or consumers of its products or services, or as its employees
Cooperatives include non-profit community organizations and businesses that are owned and managed by the people who use its services (a consumer cooperative) or by the people who work there (a worker cooperative) or by the people who live there (a housing cooperative), hybrids such as worker cooperatives that are also consumer cooperatives or credit unions, multi-stakeholder cooperatives such as those that bring together civil society and local actors to deliver community needs, and second and third tier cooperatives whose members are other cooperatives. Cooperatives are typically based on the cooperative values of "self-help, self-responsibility, democracy and equality, equity and solidarity" and the seven cooperative principles: Voluntary and open membership Democratic member control Economic participation by members Autonomy and independence Education, training and information Cooperation among cooperatives Concern for community Cooperatives are dedicated to the values of openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Such legal entities have a range of social characteristics. Membership is open, meaning that anyone who satisfies certain non-discriminatory conditions may join. Economic benefits are distributed proportionally to each member's level of participation in the cooperative, for instance, by a dividend on sales or purchases, rather than according to capital invested. Cooperatives may be classified as either worker, consumer, producer, purchasing or housing cooperatives. They are distinguished from other forms of incorporation in that profit-making or economic stability are balanced by the interests of the community. Co-ops can sometimes be identified on the Internet through the use of the .coop suffix of internet addresses. Organizations using .coop domain names must adhere to the basic co-op values. Capital and the Debt Trap reports that "Cooperatives tend to have a longer life than other types of enterprise, and thus a higher level of entrepreneurial sustainability. In [one study], the rate of survival of cooperatives after three years was 75 percent, whereas it was only 48 percent for all enterprises ... [and] after ten years, 44 percent of cooperatives were still in operation, whereas the ratio was only 20 percent for all enterprises" (p. 109). "Cooperative banks build up counter-cyclical buffers that function well in case of a crisis," and are less likely to lead members and clients towards a debt trap (p. 216). This is explained by their more democratic governance that reduces perverse incentives and subsequent contributions to economic bubbles. Source: Wikipidea article Cooperatives
WHO WE ARE
Bosco has graduated from University of California, Berkeley and worked in banking for 2 years. Besides his current startup, he is passionate to build a better community in Hong Kong.
Graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and had 2 years experiences in Accounting and Finance. Currently working on his startup project. Coopist, aiming to solve social problem for Hong Kong people.
Qian Zhou (Joey)
Joey received his master degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from City University of Hong Kong and had been working with global public relations agencies and commercial newswire. He is passionate about tech startups and public affairs, and hope to create positve social impact with his knowledge in digital media.
Pili is a PhD student from department of Information Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Pili is specialized in mining the social networks. See more: http://hupili.net/
PJ, Paramjeev Singh Sethi
Energetic entrepreneur with 11 years experience in founding, growing and managing research & consulting business across Europe, US and Asia. Developing COOPIST and another social enterprise, Work Movement that aims to achieve social and economic equality globally. Pursuing joint executive MBA at Columbia Business School, London Business School and University of Hong Kong. Founder and CEO of Roots&Choice, strategy and intellectual property research firm.
Equipped academically with double master's in finance and accounting and with total of 11+ experience in varied industries ranging from Auctions & Hospitality webportals, Education and Financial Services Industry, she now aims to 'make a difference' to the world through Coopist in parallel to working on her independent startup project.
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