Co-op Source Foundation

Reclaiming Agency

We are a group of software engineers building a community to serve the needs of our members. Our goal is to provide support to software projects following the Seven Cooperative Principles

"A cooperative ("coop") or co-operative ("co-op") is an autonomous association of people who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual social, economic, and cultural benefit." -- Wikipedia entry for 'Cooperative'

"Cooperative businesses are group-centered, needs-based, asset building local development mechanisms based on pooling of resources, democratic economic participation, and profit sharing. They are internally driven democratic institutions that promote group learning, economic interdependence and consolidation of resources, development of assets, and protection of people and the environment. Community-based, cooperatively-owned enterprises are characterized by greater community input and participation in the planning, development and governance of commercially-viable, socially-responsible businesses." -- 'Community-Based Asset Building', Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Ph.D.


Co-op Source applies the seven cooperative principles to software development projects to provide a sustainable community.

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Economic Participation by Members
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training and Information
  6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
  7. Concern for Community

The Co-op Source License

The Co-op Source license applies the seven cooperative principles to create a basis for building sustainable software products and services.


Co-op Source projects are initiated through a process that begins with a Call for Proposal. Members then discuss the proposed project's merits, market opportunities, technical challenges and other primary concerns. If the proposed project appears worth persuing, members can initiate a Call for Commitment. The following phases describe the typical project's lifecycle:


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