The Solidarity Cooperative’s Digital Pilot Project

Strengthening the online presence of small organizations using Web solidarity


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About the project Edit

Solidarity Cooperative Digital Pilot Project strives to strengthen the online presence of small organizations using Web solidarity.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The Digital Project brings together leading organizations in information technology (IT) that focus on the principles of Web solidarity, open source software and common goods to equip small organizations (community, cultural, social economy and SME) to effectively rollout online. Due to the sharing of limited resources of the latter, the Co-op provides services adapted to their reality and develops customized tools that respond to their needs.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The Digital Project provides services that allow these small organizations working in the community, cultural and social milieus to more effectively achieve their goals using IT. As well, the Co-op works to strengthen online solidarity practices by promoting democratic and solidarity ownership of new technologies.

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

Many small organizations do not have the means to obtain IT consulting services and must often manage their infrastructure which often means losing time and money. Therefore, thousands of Quebec organizations could benefit from specialized services (technical and strategic support, ongoing training) based on an approach founded on solidarity, common goods and independence.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

For many years, the co-op’s founding members themselves worked in social economy and work daily with community and cultural organizations. The identified needs and problems come from our clients’ field experience and their requests for this kind of support.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The Digital Project is a solidarity cooperative that bring together support members (organizations specializing in IT that work according to Web solidarity, common goods and open source principles), worker members who ensure the cooperative’s operations and delivery of services, as well as user members who benefit from the cooperative’s services.

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