Welcome

Inspired by the New Economy movement (see: NewEconomy.net), we are organizing our community to cultivate local resilience and implement strategies that invest in regional self-sufficiency while disinvesting from corporate extraction and exploitation.

Our Mission:

Cooperation Eugene collaborates with people, organizations, and networks to cultivate a thriving, local regenerative economy.

We Envision:

  • A world of local regenerative economies in which people cooperatively produce abundance, value people and the rest of the natural world over profit, and actively steward their bioregions.
  • People empowered to participate actively and creatively in rising to the challenges we face by mobilizing our individual and collective resources.
  • Communities empowered to say “no” to extraction and exploitation. All members, especially those who have been marginalized by the systems we are transcending, are actively engaged and uplifted in governance of the commons.

Stay in touch by reading our news and updates, joining our mailing list, and finding us on Facebook!

See our own Clare Strawn giving a talk at the Community Resilience Festival on creating a regenerative and resilient local economy:

News & Updates

Lane Service Sharing Network (Time Bank)

The Lane Service Sharing Network (LSSN) is a concrete manifestation of caring community for Eugene, Springfield, and all of Lane County, Oregon. It’s a way for people to give and receive valuable skills outside the monetary economy along the model of a “neighbors helping neighbors” Time Bank or Hours Exchange.

In this type of system 1 hour always equals 1 hour, no matter the service being exchanged. You give your time and skills to someone in the network and receive time credits which you can then use with anyone else in the network for a service they provide.

LSSN allows us to ask the questions, “How can I serve?” and “What do I need?” rather than “Can I afford it?” and “Does it pay enough?”. It gives us a structure to get our needs met through community, even if the mainstream economic system were to collapse.

We are currently in a beta testing phase where early adopters are jumping in to get things going and are helping us smooth out the rough edges in our process by giving feedback as they participate. Anyone is welcome to join at this point! If you live in Eugene, Springfield, or anywhere in Lane County, Oregon, see the “How Do I Become a Participant” page of the LSSN time banking website for more details.

Study Circle

The Cooperation Eugene Study Circle learns about the theory and practice of systems change for the regenerative economy. We organize monthly conversations about books, articles, movies, podcasts, videos, etc. that address “What’s next?” more than “What’s wrong?” We meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at Maitreya EcoVillage 1641 West Broadway. During the cold months we are meeting in Rob and Debbie’s living room.

Membership consists of an email list that will be notified of upcoming titles. To get on the list, or if you have any questions send email to: StudyCircle [at] CooperationEugene [dot] org or call Alberta at 818-903-6125. Members can choose to attend only the meetings with topics of interest to them.

A 4-person selection committee takes recommendations for material that members have previously reviewed and determined to be in the scope of the group.

Join us for an educational discussion!

Upcoming Meetings

January 7th – We expect an interesting, real-world discussion on January 7th. Cooperation Eugene is planning to host an economic democracy summit toward the end of 2020. This is a forum in which leaders from around Eugene from various sectors are invited to a discussion where we pose that the problems we all face are from a single underlying cause and the solutions lie in our ability to understand this and unite.

Poughkeepsie, NY, held a summit similar to this and wrote up a PDF how-to document which you will find here. The Study Circle discussion will consider how we can create a Eugene version of that project.

Previous Readings

  • “The Making of a Democratic Economy: How to Build Prosperity for the Many, Not the Few”, by Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard
  • “Sacred Economics”, by Charles Eisenstein
  • “The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy”, by Joel Magnuson
  • “Community: The structure of belonging”, by Peter Block
  • “The Fifth Sacred Thing”, by Starhawk
  • “Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World”, by Paul Hawken
  • “Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds”, by Adrienne Maree Brown

Future Project Ideas

We have a number of ideas for future projects we would like to pursue. We are also open to proposals. The New Economy movement is ripe with possibility and there are so many great things going on all over the world that serve as inspiration. Here are a few of our ideas:

Community Development Financial Institution – We want to offer people a way to invest their money locally. This may start on a smaller scale of peer to peer lending and/or organized crowd sourcing. We hope to support purchases of land and start-ups of worker cooperatives.

Community Land Trusts – We have already had folks in our community talk to us about how to transform their private property to community assets. Some neighbors want to take land out of the speculative market and develop it for affordable housing. Creative models for this kind of community housing solution are in the works by other Eugene organizations. Let’s collaborate!

Cooperative Enterprise Incubation – There are many creative people in this community that want to put their ideas into action. Let’s build businesses that meet local needs, provide good paying and meaningful work, and give stakeholders ownership.