We are providing a software that enables customers to order and to be delivered by bicycle. Ordering is done thanks to our Android and iPhone apps or our website. Same functionalities as the gig economy platforms, but in a diametrically opposed spirit!
CoopCycle aims to become a numerical common well. It belongs to its users (couriers, shop owners) and its contributors (developers). They administer it democratically. Our software is ruled by a licence by the Peer-to-peer Foundation. It limits its commercial use to worker-owned coops. For now on, we are providing the software for free, in order to give the impulse of coops creation. Our goal is to finance it thanks to a contribution, which gives rights to use the software and to administer it.
We want to build a whole political and economical ecosystem around the software, clashing with the one developed by the “gig economy” platforms. We are creating a federation of worker-owned cooperatives, which will use, own and manage the CoopCycle software. Many delivery cooperatives that share our values are already launching in France and in Belgium. We are ourselves working on a delivery cooperative in Paris.
We think that the cooperative is the best model to meet our goals: give back the power to the workers, by a democratic decision process and a fair profits sharing. Get back the social benefits: vacation, health insurance, retirement.
Our vision: cooperatives that are ran locally, united internationally, in order to compete with global platforms. Pool our resources, including the software as a mean of production, to get economy of scale. But also our voices, to show to everyone that there is indeed an alternative!