Glossary of Cooperative Terms 

funds
Money paid by members that is kept in Activation’s PayPal account. This includes funds invested on a one time of single payment basis. It is also money paid out to members and Activation itself when proposals for funds are granted. Funds are distributed through PayPal. 


experimental
This is an experiment that iterates as needed. 


reparations based
Solidarity, not charity. Reparations, not donations. We believe in paying people the money they are owed. 


investment
Members receive the benefit of their investment through participation and voluntary contribution. We reject a culture of charity and donation.  


cooperative
An autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.


member
Individuals or collectives who voluntarily accept the terms of membership, subscribe to Activation Co-op Fund, and who can apply for funds.

member contributions
The money members pay into Activation Co-op Fund. 


 decision making
Coming to determinations on processes and proposals using a majority vote. 


needs
Elements that are required. Members are asked to think about what they need as individuals and what Activation needs as a collective. We consider our co-op fund a structure that aims to support part of those needs. 


proposal
Members submit proposals that are requests for funding. A proposal can be for funds that will help with individual needs, further Activation’s access and/or land and farm ownership goals, contribute to mutuality with others, or to develop cooperation in work and life.

resources
Funds, conversations, and community. Tools to help get needs met. 


sustain
Live and be for a very long time. 


solidarity
A cooperative has a responsibility for the wellbeing of its members and other cooperatives.


voting
All members have one vote per proposal, and are encouraged to participate in decisions regarding the governance of funds and how funds are allocated.

voluntary and open membership
This is a voluntary program, open to all persons willing to accept the responsibilities of membership without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.


practice
Doing the work until we become skilled, and then some more. Sharing the work as we are able. 


equity
Fair distribution of income and power in society should be based on need, not ownership of capital.


discussion
Conversations about how and when money needs to be redistributed. 


subscription
Monthly payments made by members to participate. 


platform
A space for individuals to conduct collaborative work.

redistribute
Collecting funds and dispersing where and when necessary. 


Some of these terms and their definitions are adapted from Coop Fund and International Co-operative AlliancePlease email questions to coopfund@activationresidency.com. 

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