Dear Cooperative Jackson

Dear Cooperative Jackson

Today I sent a message to Cooperative Jackson through their website. lol Here you’ll find that letter, however, I’ve changed it a little bit to be slightly more clear and to fix any typos. But the most part, here’s the letter:

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Hey there,

So, I’ve noticed that there is a common problem that solidarity economics consistently meets, regardless of the approach. This issue is multidimensional, which makes my job at reverse engineering easier because the bigger the problem, the simpler the solution.

But really, when discussing economic and societal needs, what is simple? Right?

Maybe you have already figured it out, maybe you’re inches away, or maybe not; I don’t know. But I wanted to spread perspective.

First off, I’m a tinker. Programming, tech, and design… I use these environments to solve problems. As a toddler, I fixed phones and radio boxes. As a teenager, I created alarm systems to let me know my step-pops were rummaging through my things and/or entering my room when I wasn’t there. I used to steal hundreds of dollars from him, and they never knew how I did it, despite the locks. We had ferrets throughout the years, and so, when things went missing and we didn’t know how it happened, they said, “Oh, it was Tom Tom, again,” to show they knew it was me but just couldn’t prove it. Great times.

This kind of brilliance has followed me in random areas of my life. But today, I’m focused on a bigger problem—one bigger than me. I’m interested in stealing power back from capitalism while creating and expanding our own.

Now, the solutions I’ve found have come to light long before I knew there was a thing called “solidarity economics.” Before there were labels called circulating wealth and CLTs, I was already drawing up schematics—which I still have today. These schematics were developed from sketches of businesses I ran, but because there were so many, I needed a way to do it efficiently. And so it developed a circulation of information, and then more recently, after NY’s defund movement, a circulation of wealth.

If you’re looking to sustain your cooperatives, one just needs to connect the top of the supply chain to the bottom of it. This means that money that flows “upward” into the chain continues to flow “upward” into what we describe as the “bottom” of that supply chain. So if Mutual Aid initiatives are at the bottom of that supply chain, then moving up would be Food Coop, then Garden/Farm, and then CLT, and then Credit Union, back upwards into Mutual Aid. Today, very few of those dollars reach CLTs and Credit Unions. And this is not because people don’t want to keep funds in the community, but because there are so many other reasons they can’t.

So, how do we connect the “top” to the “bottom?” I found a video of Mr.Akuno expressing their interests in blockchain, and so maybe you already know the following:

Converting art into local dollars is a way to cushion the community from external and economical weathering. It’s also a way to connect that supply chain and close the gaps. Turning art into NFTs while keeping the physical art in the community and providing investors with the digital art keeps people and the local dollar stimulated. I can get more into this and discuss it further if necessary. But if not, don’t even mention it; we’re trying over here in NYC to build it out. You can find the nonesense on our website (yumyoda.com). I feel my ADHD kicking in.

Peace!!

Stizzi.

THANK YOU FOR READING

Contributor:

Vic Stizzi

Community Strategist / Creative Director

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