Communalia

Working to create
the first European network of
Maximalist Coops and NGOs

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Maximalists?

Communalia is Latin for “celebration of the commons.” It represents the first stone laid of an old dream: a dream where maximalist cooperatives share projects, tools, and knowledge in order to reach the scale necessary to meet the needs of our members as well as the geographical and social scope required to maximise the social impact of our work.

Maximalist cooperatives are non-profit, egalitarian and socially committed cooperatives that operate by consensus and renounce the use of intellectual property and other forms of artificial scarcity as a way to generate income.

We are not neutral either in the face of the great challenges of our time (climate change, war, rural depopulation...) or in the face of the degradation of the material and cultural conditions of neighborhoods and towns.

What do you do with your surpluses?

We invest our surpluses in social and local development projects that improve the life of our neighborhoods and villages and revitalize our natural environment.

Tell me more

If you want to follow our updates, you can read our blog Communalia Notes. If you want to know more about our cooperative model you can read the seven Maximalist Principles every member cooperative includes in its statutes. If you work or collaborate with a cooperative in an EU country and if what you have read resonates with you, please write to us.

Promoters

Communalia promoters are worker cooperatives, foundations and associations led by seven common cooperative principles.

The founding worker cooperatives are based in Spain, France and Croatia.

Compañía Maximalista S.Coop.

Compañía Maximalista is based in a white village of 280 inhabitants surrounded by greenery in the southwest of Spain. It has sold consulting services to companies, administrations and foundations on three continents. Its projects and services are based on knowledge and have a strong digital and social component. It is responsible for guiding, from the planning phases to consolidation, some of the most dynamic non-profit foundations in recent years in Spain and Latin America. It is a pioneer in the fight against rural depopulation and in the promotion of worker cooperatives in the rural world.

TRii Coop

Based Châtellerault, France, Trii designs and executes local and community development projects with a strong technological and participatory component. Its projects range from the recuperation of spaces in order to fuel the cultural revitalization of small villages to the creation of fablabs or the participatory design of plans for the promotion and revitalization of the local economy.

Communia S.C.C.L

Communia is based in Tarrasa, a city of 220,000 inhabitants 56km from Barcelona. Communia promotes training and self-training in free technologies, the provision of infrastructures, the design of web devices to facilitate the network activities of the different communities and co-investigation and research in P2P practices. Communia offers services of: P2P strategies, web, streaming, training, and systems.

Sloboda Domena Zadruga

Slobodna domena Zadruga za otvoreni kod i dizajn is based in Zagreb, Croatia, one of the most green and beautiful historical capitals of the EU. It designs and creates open source software and graphic design projects for the market. In the social space Sloboda Domena creates, supports and launches initiatives defending and expanding the definition of commons, the democratic decision making and the social equallity.

The founding NGOs are a Foundation and an Association based in Spain.

Fundación Repoblación

Based in Spain Fundación Repoblación is committed to a rural repopulation model based on sustainable development and the promotion of the way of life that the rural world makes possible. Its slogan states: «A region in depopulation can be your place in the world. We work so that you can build a better life there than what the city offers you.” It organizes the Repopulation NEB Fest and publishes Memoria, a blog with its activities.

Centro de Estudios Maximalistas

CEM is an association based in Spain dedicated to researching the history of cooperativism and community experiences based on the commons and collective property; the training of cooperative members and cooperative promoters; and the incubation of new cooperatives. It publishes the blog Maximalismo and organizes the "Maximalist Congress" every year.

Get in Touch

If you live in the European Union or the Mediterranean area and you form part of a cooperative interested in our model or which is trying to implement a similar model, if you are thinking about organizing a workers cooperative, if you are part of an association or foundation that shares our perspective, or if you are just simply interested in learning more about our cooperative model, contact us.

Where to Find Us

Paseo de Extremadura 7,
Valverde de Burguillos, Badajoz
06378 - Spain

coordination@communalia.eu

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