Wouldn't it be possible for organisations to pool their resources in order to run secure and user friendly cloud services without relying on big tech? That was the question that we, Petter Joelson, long time entrepreneur and web strategist for civil society organisations and Andreas Jonsson, climate and social justice activist, asked ourselves in 2018.
When we met Trebor Scholz a few months later and heard about platform cooperativism as an exciting new business model for internet companies, the structure of Collective Tools fell into place.
In a platform cooperative you are not just a customer, but also a member of the cooperative and have a say in the running of the company.
With Collective Tools you stay in control of your data, with transparent open source software, but without the hassle of having to install it yourself.
You can also rest assured that we pay our taxes, don’t exploit your personal information, don’t take money from Saudi Arabia and don’t lobby against climate regulations.*
The digital services we provide are ones that we ourselves have been using in our companies and organisations for years, and we believe they are a good fit for most democratic organisations and companies.
As of early 2020, Collective Tools has members in both Europe and the US. We are welcoming new members and contributors from all over the world to join us in creating the future of digital services and an internet that works for all of us!
Petter & Andreas
* Google avoids paying taxes and are according to Amnesty International a threat to basic human rights. Microsoft is lobbying against climate regulations together with the oil industry. Slack has taken huge investments from Saudia Arabia's national oil fund.