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7 February: 'Bringing stakeholders of citizen-based initiatives together in CollectieveKracht.eu', webinar by Tine De Moor

 Posted on: 27/1/2021


FOCI Hub is an initiative of Utrecht University that advises, promotes and stimulates citizen initiatives. In the first FOCI webinar of 2022, prof. Tine De Moor tells about CollectieveKracht, the new transdisciplinary and multistakeholder knowledge exchange platform for citizen collectives. The platform, to be launched on 11 February, was built by her research group, in partnership with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, civil servants and representatives of financial organizations. Through methods of extreme citizen science the platform stimulates citizen collectives to question their own functioning and to cooperate with researchers to explore their own challenges. The FOCI webinar will take place online, on 7 February at 4PM. Visit the FOCI website to sign up.

 


The diffusion of shared goods in consumer coalitions, Open seminar talk by Francesco Pasimeni

 Posted on: 26/1/2021


Dr. Francesco Pasimeni is an industrial engineer and he was the guest speaker of Research Team Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective Action on 25 January. Dr. Pasimeni holds a PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies from SPRU (University of Sussex). He presented parts of his thesis about Modelling Fractional Ownership in the Sharing Economy and more specifically about the diffusion of shared goods in consumer coalitions. Pasimeni explained the model he has built to calculate where there is a niche in the economy for shared goods, with the eventual goal to obtain more sustainable consumption patterns. On the 8th of February, our guest speaker will be Dr. Camille Meyer from the University of Cape Town.

 


New affiliate researcher: Thomas Bauwens (Utrecht University)

 Posted on: 24/1/2021


We are happy to announce that dr. Thomas Bauwens, assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development (Utrecht University) has aligned with the research group Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective action as an affiliate researcher. His research focuses on economy, community enterprises and sustainability transitions. Welcome! See for more information his profile page.

 


25 January: Open seminar talk on the diffusion of shared goods by Francesco Pasimeni

 Posted on: 21/1/2021


25 January, 11AM CET: ICA Open seminar talk by dr. Francesco Pasimeni (IRENA & JRC of the European Commission) about the diffusion of shared goods in consumer coalitions. Pasimeni is an industrial engineer, holding a PhD in science and technology policy studies from SPRU (University of Sussex). His main research interests are in the area of technology innovation and innovation diffusion, focusing on clean energy technologies and on collective initiatives for co-ownership of sustainable shared goods. Visit this page for more information on upcoming Open seminar talks and ways to join them.

 


Inspiring meeting of CollectieveKracht Science lab

 Posted on: 17/1/2021


The CollectieveKracht knowledge platform for Dutch citizen collectives is really taking shape now. On the morning of 17 January we had an inspiring meeting with more than 20 scientists who together form the Science lab of CollectieveKracht. Two of them, Fijnanda van Klingeren (RSM) and Arjen Buijs (WUR) presented tools that can help citizen collectives to increase their resilience and to create impact. We are looking forward to the official launch of CollectieveKracht - together with scientists, financiers, government's representants, network organizations and the citizen collectives themselves - on 11 February.

 


17 January: werkconferentie Coöperatieven maken de stad (Dutch due to scope)

 Posted on: 14/1/2021


Een keur van gasten komt op maandag 17 januari vanaf 16.00 uur langs tijdens de online werkconferentie Coöperatieven maken de stad: van Marleen Stikker (Waag Society), Tine De Moor (RSM) en Rutger Groot Wassink (gemeente Amsterdam) tot vele vertegenwoordigers van buurtinitiatieven en burgercollectieven. Samen gaan ze in gesprek over de samenwerking tussen burgers en overheid, juridische aspecten en de kracht en betekenis van de coöperatieve beweging in allerlei sectoren. Kijk op de website van Pakhuis de Zwijger voor meer informatie en aanmelding.

 


Social entrepreneurship in the Netherlands, socio-cultural, political and legal contexts: open seminar talk by Maarten Hogenstijn

 Posted on: 13/1/2021


Maarten Hogenstijn, senior researcher social entrepreneurship at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences was the guest speaker of research team Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective Action on 11 January. He talked a about the contextual developments that affected the design of legal frameworks for Dutch social enterprises. In the Netherlands, social enterprises are usually considered as the social side of business. Increasingly researchers and civil servants recognize that social enterprises can also been seen as the entrepreneurial side of the social economy.

 


Vacancy: open PhD position at Rotterdam School of Management

 Reposted on: 13/1/2021


Are you passionate about research on how businesses in past and present can be key drivers of social change? Then Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) invites you to apply before 15 January for our open PhD project. Topics of this research program include alternative organization forms such as social enterprises and partnerships, as well as alternative governance regimes such as commons and cooperatives. Research group Institutions for Collective Action one of the participants in this open PhD project We welcome applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, including history, social sciences and management sciences. See the RSM website for more information.

 


Our team presents... George Varthalamis

 Posted on: 10/1/2022


In the 3rd episode of 'Our team presents...' we introduce our research intern George Varthalamis. Why did this imperturbable food technologist and agri-business MBA come to the Netherlands? And what kind of research is he doing? Read further....

 


Tradeoff between size and identity among platform cooperatives: open seminar talk by Jovana Karanovic

 Posted on: 24/12/2021


Jovana Karanovic, Assistant Professor RSM/Founder Reshaping Work, was the guest speaker of research group Institutions for Collective Action on 21 December. She elucidated why researchers need to look into the reciprocal and volatile relationship between identity and strategy of platform cooperatives, understand how these organizations make a strategic tradeoff between size and distinctiveness.

 


Video: explaining the SICADE model

 Reposted on: 20/12/2021


We are happy to announce that our video 'The SICADE-model to understand Institutions for Collective Action' finished in second place at the World Commons Week ‘teaching the commons’ video contest of IASC. In the video, Damion Bunders explains the theoretical framework we use to study the long-term development and the resilience of institutions for collective action (ICAs). Discover if this model is a useful tool for your studies as well: watch the video on Youtube. For more info on the SICADE model, read the article Three waves of cooperation.

 


Vacancy: open PhD position at Rotterdam School of Management

 Posted on: 17/12/2021


Are you passionate about research on how businesses in past and present can be key drivers of social change? Then Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) invites you to apply before 15 January for our open PhD project. Topics of this research program include alternative organization forms such as social enterprises and partnerships, as well as alternative governance regimes such as commons and cooperatives. Research group Institutions for Collective Action one of the participants in this open PhD project We welcome applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, including history, social sciences and management sciences. See the RSM website for more information.

 


Commoning in the care sector: open seminar talk by Leonie van Meeteren

 Posted on: 16/12/2021


Leonie van Meeteren, director business operations of care organization Amerpoort, was the guest speaker of research group Institutions for Collective Action on 14 December. She talked about her research on factors that contribute to commoning in the care sector to address social dilemmas, especially when both state and market mechanisms cannot provide the care that is required or desirable. Next week, our guest will be Jovana Karanovic of Rotterdam School of Management.

 


Collective Action and Governance in Worker Cooperatives: double open seminar talk by Adrien Billiet (KU Leuven) and Marco Lomuscio (UniTrento)

 Posted on: 7/12/2021


On 6 December, PhD students Marco Lomuscio (university of Trento) and Adrien Billiet (university of Leuven) made presentations entitled 'Entrepreneurship and collective actions in worker-recovered enterprises' and ’Beyond elections: The impact of selection methods on organizational governance dynamics’ The reflections from a practical point of view by Peter Bosmans, advisor cooperative design and strategic planning at Febecoop, made for an interesting discussion afterwards.

 


New team members

 Posted on: 2/12/2021


Research team Institutions for Collective Action is still expanding. On 1 December visiting PhD candidate Yifei Ma and community researcher Jeroen Boon started with our team. Yifei is working on forms of collective action in China. Jeroen will strenghthen our CollectieveKracht team. Welcome to them both!

 


Our team presents... Coline Serres

 Posted on: 1/12/2021


In the 2nd episode of 'Our team presents...' we introduce our postdoctoral researcher Coline Serres. Who is this cheerful management expert who moved from France to Belgium to the Netherlands? And what does she know about the governance of social enterprises? Read further...

 


Food Citizenship? Collective Food Procurement in European Cities: open seminar talk by professor Cristina Grasseni (UL)

 Posted on: 30/11/2021


On 30 November, anthropologist professor Cristina Grasseni from Leiden University joined our team meeting to give a lively talk about networks of people who organize direct food production and food distribution in three different cities: Turin, Gdansk and Rotterdam. Next week we discuss the phenomenon of social enterprise with two researcher: Adrien Billiet and Marco Lomuscio.

 


25 November: Forum 'A Call for Courageous Leadership. Transforming Business Performance for People, Planet and Profit'

 Reposted on: 23/11/2021


On the 25th of November, 1-6PM (CET) the Center for the Economics of Mutuality Forum takes place, titled 'A Call for Courageous Leadership. Transforming business Performance for People, Planet and Profit', about the necessary redefinition of the role of business, to benefit both people and planet. With Bruno Roche, Jan Peter Balkenende, Muriel Arts, Marlies van Wijhe and Tine De Moor. For more information and registration, see the organizer's website.

 


26 November: 'Coping through cooperation? Institutions for Collective Action in crises in past and present'

 Posted on: 22/11/2021


On Friday 26 November 14PM (CET) Tine De Moor​ talks at the SPRU Friday seminar of University of Sussex Business School about the changes in past and present that have brought about change in the governance of resources and what these could mean in the light of the challenges we are facing today. For more information and registration, visit the SPRU Eventbrite page.

 


Integrating the historical epistemology to understand the relevance of cooperative models: open seminar talk by Véronique De Herde (UCL)

 Posted on: 16/11/2021


During an inspiring session with Véronique De Herde from Université catholique de Louvain research team Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective Action went from the historical development of cooperatives and the impact of new cooperative models on the diversification of dairy productions to the applicability to other sectors and a more theoretical framework. Next week, professor Josephine van Zeben will be our guest.

 


9 November: first meeting of the CollectieveKracht Finance lab

 Posted on: 11/11/2021


On 9 November a group of financiers considered the question how the CollectieveKracht knowledge platform can support both citizen collectives and financial institutions, meeting the challenges that both parties face. ICA team member Max de Vriend presented some results of his research and of the report Krachtiger als Collectief.

 


Explaining domino-effects in a polycentric system: six-centuries of commons governance: open seminar talk by Marco Casari (Unibo)

 Posted on: 11/11/2021


Marco Casari from the University of Bologna shared some interesting results of his longitudinal research of commons in the Italian Alps with the research team Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective Action, together with his colleagues Maurizio Lisciandra and Ali Saral. Afterwards, we had an compelling discussion. Our visitor next week is bioengineer and historian Véronique de Herde.

 


New: series of interviews with our team members

 Posted on: 9/11/2021


Interdisciplinarity is an important feature of the research group Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective Action. To show the diversity within our own group we started a series of interviews with the team members. Historian Grant Halliday is the first one to introduce himself. Read further...

 


29 October: inspirational session about care communities in The Netherlands

 Posted on: 1/11/2021


On 29 October, Nederland Zorgt Voor Elkaar (NLZVE), KNHM Foundation and Triodos Bank organized an inspirational session about and with care communities throughout the Netherlands. In presence of King Willem-Alexander and chaired by Tine De Moor, Jitske Kramer gave a keynote lecture, followed by several workshops.

 


Inspirational talk: the legal context of social enterprises

 Posted on: 26/10/2021


On 26 October research group Social Enterprise and Institutions for Collective Action had a stimulating talk by and discussion with Sjoerd Kamerbeek, lawyer at Van Doorne. Main topics: what can for-profit-enterprises learn from social enterprises and to what extend does the legal context of social entrepreneurship matter?

 


28 oktober: duurzaamheidssymposium in Het Kruispunt, Barendrecht (Dutch due to scope)

 Posted on: 22/10/2021


Op 28 oktober van 13:00 tot 16:30 uur vindt in Het Kruispunt in Barendrecht een duurzaamheidssymposium over de circulaire economie plaats, met bijdragen van prof. Rob van Tulder, prof. Tine De Moor en ir. Sander Wapperom. Zie voor meer informatie en inschrijving de website van De Bibliotheek AanZet.

 


Essay: De gemeenschap is niet van gisteren: gedachte-experiment over de rol van zelforganisatie door burgercollectieven in de post-coronasamenleving (Dutch due to scope)

 Posted on: 19/10/2021


Op vrijdag 15 oktober nam Koen Matthijs afscheid als hoogleraar in de Sociologie aan de KU Leuven. Bij deze gelegenheid kreeg hij een huldeboek aangeboden met essays van (oud-)collega's: Neurotische Twijfelzucht en Heilige Verwondering. Tine De Moor en Ton Duffhues wijdden in hun bijdrage 'De gemeenschap is niet van gisteren' een gedachte-experiment aan de rol van zelforganisatie door burgercollectieven in de post-coronasamenleving.

 


Meet our new team members!

 Posted on: 18/10/2021


We welcome George Varthalamis and Grant Halliday, who joined us as research interns. George is a food scientist and MBA who will look into the life cycle of agricultural cooperatives and the co-creation of sustainable collective businesses. Grant is a historian, focusing on the evolution of fishing cooperatives throughout western Europe. Visit our team page for more information.

 


Presentation on member participation in digital cooperatives

 Posted on: 14/10/2021


On 28 October Damion Bunders will present a paper in the PhD Symposium The future of the platform economy and platform work, titled: 'Member participation in digital cooperatives: Silicon law of oligarchy or democratic disruptor? For more information and registration, visit the organizer's website.

 


Vacancy: Community researcher with experience in citizen collectives or cooperatives (in Dutch due to scope)

 Posted on: 12/10/2021


Gezocht: community researcher met kennis van burgercollectieven en coöperaties. Weet je hoe wetenschappelijk onderzoek werkt, ben je communicatief sterk in woord en geschrift en kun je goed in teamverband werken? Dan zijn wij op zoek naar jou, voor het uitbouwen van het CollectieveKracht kennisplatform. Bekijk de hele vacature op de website van Rotterdam School of Management.

 


Article: Networks and new mutualism: how embeddedness influences commitment and trust in small mutuals

 Posted on: 5/10/2021


New mutuals fill the social insurance gaps that state and market left open. Zooming in on network structures and interconnections within the mutuals, Eva Vriens, Vincent Buskens and Tine De Moor give insight in the role of embeddedness in these organizations to engender trust and commitment. Read the entire article in Social Economic Review.

 


Article: Taking sanctioning seriously: The impact of sanctions on the resilience of historical commons in Europe

 Posted on: 4/10/2021


In a new article an interdisciplinary group of scholars challenge the image that sanctioning is an all-important mechanism to prevent the overuse of common-pool resources. Instead, De Moor and others argue that it depends on many different factors whether sanctioning is a useful tool or not. Read the entire article in the Journal of Rural Studies here.

 


Interview with Eva Vriens about bread funds (in Dutch)

 Posted on: 24/9/2021


Bread funds are a modern type of mutual insurance for self-employed persons. Damion Bunders interviewed Eva Vriens, who conducted research on bread funds, on the success factors and challenges of these institutions for collective action and the role of the government. Read the entire interview (in Dutch) here.