We're looking for more participants to join in building a sustainable and resilient cooperative hosting ecosystem in the face of digital landscapes dominated by profit-driven giants. Our model, inspired by Open Cooperative Ecosystems and Community Supported Software, proposes a holistic approach where software, infrastructure, and communities are not isolated entities but integral parts of a common ecosystem. This draws parallels with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to tackle sustainability challenges in not-for-profit tech projects.
Such a cooperative alliance would involve various stakeholders all working collectively: users, communities, moderators, tech supporters, infrastructure operators, translators, designers, developers, and more. Participation and contribution can come in various forms: financial support, resource sharing, labour, and active participation in decision-making and project upkeep.
This approach based on solidarity and mutual aid would ensure resiliency, accessibility and diversity, while promoting open community involvement. This paradigm shift aligns tech development with core values of trust, transparency, and user empowerment.
The Cooperative Hosting Network would greatly simplify the setup, hosting, and operation of a Bonfire instance through an automated install wizard and dashboard, which would act as a gateway to an ecosystem of developers, designers, hosting providers, and other relevant services, which would work together to provide users and communities with:
The dashboard would also double as a decentralized economic network, transparently recording every contribution and distributing funds based on value equations democratically defined by the ecosystem stakeholders.
The current proposal is a joint effort between Co-op Cloud and Bonfire Networks, with discussions ongoing with other interested groups. While we are of course focused on a solution for hosting Bonfire instances, the ecosystem could be extended to involve other open source projects as well... We are looking for more partners to build the ecosystem, if you are interested please contact us at email@example.com