Animaco-op in Brest, local action training in collaborative practices

Creating a network of actors who share a culture of open cooperation in a territory


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Brest et Pays de Brest


About the project Edit

105 public Internet access points, 40 annual projects, viewing participatory sites, co-producing an open office CD, farm services in open source software have taught us the importance of cooperation and common goods.

Digital technology has allowed us to discover the abundance of items easily reproduced and disseminated.

From open source software to cooperative networks like Wikipedia, we have discovered open collaborative practices that allow us to manage this abundance and make it fruitful.

All around us, territories in transition, solidarities, popular education and social innovation are abundant on the social and solidarity economy.

Animaco-op action training sessions of 100 hours over 15 weeks have been organized every year since 2010 by Outils Réseaux. Their goal is to diffuse this culture among open social innovation actors in Brest.

This culture of cooperation isn’t obvious in a society based on competition where we learn how to hide what we’re doing.

Leading a network, bringing a collaborative project to life is not a skill that is recognized or valued (or often funded). It is, however, an essential collective skill to develop a project that brings a surprising efficiency in large networks (Wikipedia, Openstreetmap, Telabotanica, Sesamath, etc.).

In three years, fifty people in Brest use the cooperation tools and methodologies that facilitate new projects to emerge and contribute to disseminating a shared culture of open cooperation.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Created by the Outils réseaux association with the support of work by Jean-Michel Cornu on collective intelligence, Animaco-op action training sessions help equip project initiators in cooperative animation. Developed in 2009 with the support of the Delegation on the Uses of the Internet, over the years the training program has enriched the experience of people being trained for the own projects.

The size of the local territory (Brest) allows for the crossover of projects and people in a dynamic bottom-up network.

It’s part of the public policy on social appropriation that is looking to encourage local social innovation.

It expands with the convergence of actors in open source, territories in transition, social and solidarity economy, digital cultures, solidarity, popular education, public services that share the values of cooperation and common goods.

It is this convergence and contribution to the emergence of social innovation that is what makes this networking and dissemination of cooperative culture and of sharing in a local public policy.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

This helps equip people who initiate a cooperative project by familiarizing them with cooperation tools and methodologies that facilitate the emergence and development of their project. By mixing and bringing people together on a local territory, it promotes the emergence of initiatives. With a goal of a hundred people trained by 2014, it hopes to have a significant release of this cooperative culture on a territory.

Please refer to the article "Animacoop au pays de Brest vers un réseau d’acteur-ice-s partageant une culture commune de la coopération et du partage" (in French only) in the reference section below to learn about the diversity of the many training projects.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Initiated in Brest and Languedoc Roussillon, this action training program will also implement digital mediation in Lower Normandy for network leaders.

A haven of training structures link the Outils Réseaux to disseminate the cooperation methodologies in the regions.

Territories in transition are one response to social, economic and environmental crises. They support the development of open and abundant social innovation that cooperation and equipped and supported sharing.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Understanding the central role of cooperation and common goods in digital territory projects.

A meeting with this action training program developed by the Outils Réseaux, the work with Jean Michel Cornu and the shared common values.

The dynamic of the annual meetings in Autrans, the forum on cooperative uses and Moustic where our desires to do cross paths.

The meeting of actors from various fields around the same desires to do through cooperation.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The project initiated within the framework of the public policy on social appropriation of tools and culture of the digital country of Brest is gradually expanding to other actors.

The choice of reusable content, the haven of training structures in the region and the francophone network of the anim-fr collaborative project leaders enrich the training sessions and facilitate sustainability and dissemination.

The convergence of actors from various fields (solidarity, ESS, open source, territories in transition, popular education, etc.) around the value of cooperation and sharing for bottom-up social transformation expands the public and people involved.


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