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ChiCommons Cooperative is a multi-stakeholder organization that grew out of ChiHackNight and Sustainability volunteer movements for common good. We are a worker-owned cooperative that runs community projects to increase economic solidarity and digital equity. We offer opportunities to get involved as a skills volunteer or co-owner.

ChiCommons Cooperative

ChiCommons is a multi-stakeholder cooperative organization that grew out of Chi Hack Night (CHN) and local environmental Sustainability movements. Our mission is to, cooperatively, foster and grow a people-owned solidarity economy. We envision empowered, integrated, equitable, cooperative/solidarity economies across the Chicago region; connected globally. People living the “ solidarity economy” practice common values such as cooperation, democracy, equality, justice, ecological sustainability, community, and respect for diversity. We have formed as a self-sustaining Limited Cooperative Worker Association (LWCA) with many ways to get involved.

Our Community Projects and Consulting

Cooperative/Solidarity Ecosystem Map

A crowd-sourced, curated online map of over 800 cooperatives and solidarity entities ranging from community gardens to worker cooperatives to credit unions that put people and planet over just profits

Map Volunteer Needs

  • Python
  • React
  • GIS
  • UX/UI
  • Subject Matter Experts
  • Community Organizers

BlockShare: rebuilding hyper-local community in the digital age

With Blockshare, we offer cooperatively owned and operated Internet Service and a Community Intranet to Chicago Community Areas. Fiber optic-based back hauls provide Internet service which is distributed to neighboring residential and business units via wireless mesh technology. A neighborhood-based server provides a communications hub, where community calendars and news combine with software apps that allow neighbors to share their garden produce, time, talents, tools, rides, and mutual aid.

BlockShare Volunteer Needs

  • Wireless Expertise (Mikrotik/Ubiquiti or similar)
  • Fiber Optics Installers
  • Community Organizers
  • Researchers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Engineers
  • Construction/Contractor Management
  • GIS experts

ChiCommons Consulting

Chi Commons Consulting, a unique worker-owned cooperative consultancy helps local businesses, movements, nonprofits, and other cooperatives flourish. We provide practical and innovative business and technology consulting services to establish and improve our clients’ Online / web / digital presence – for visibility and survival Customer/ stakeholder experience; for revenue, retention, and reputation Team communication and dynamics; for greater performance Networks and info technology (IT) to stay up and running; for robust operations

We offer worker-owners and sub-contractors paid work. Our worker-owners also help manage the cooperative, but get paid higher rates. Learn more here

ChiCommons Consulting Needs

  • Business Services
  • Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Operations Management
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Conflict Resolution

Technology Services

  • Infrastructure Development
  • Systems Architecture
  • DBMS Architecture/Operations
  • Full-stack Developer
  • Technical Support
  • Website Development
  1. ChiCommons Website
  2. Join us on Tues at 6:30 for the CHN-pre-party
  3. Want some work? Share your skills with us.
Website ChiCommons
Tags Community
Digital Equity
Worker Cooperative
Mesh Networks
Asset-based Community Development
Creators Alvyn Walker
Barry Feldman
Dave Alverado
Elvenord Vertus
Felipe Mitchell
Graham Livingston
Jonathon Rogoff
Nurul Eusufzai
Ryan Shipp
GitHub https://github.com/Chicommons
Launched June 2016