What is a SmartCitizenry Co-operative?

 A SmartCitizenry co-operative is for you and your neighbours, Everyone is local and what you do together is local. Together you work out what needs you have that together as a co-op you can solve. It could be energy needs, home help and support, waste management, recycling – whatever is important to you that you can’t do alone to get the impact and make the difference that is needed. Everything you do is building community one action at a time.

A SmartCitizenry co-operative keeps the profits for itself and uses the profits to serve its purpose. It is democratic and follows the tried and tested international co-operative principles.

SmartCitizenry Co-operatives make it easier to start local-first enterprises specific and relevant to the group of neighbours who come together and their neighbourhood. It builds on what is strong, not what is wrong.

SmartCitizenry Co-operatives can share / swap and / co-operate with other SmartCitizenry Co-operatives and together add to building trust …. and co-operation.

But hang on what is a co-operartive?

85% of Australians belong to co-ops but not everyone realises they might be in one!  Co-ops are in all kinds of industries – finance, agriculture, retail, transport.  If you would like to know how a co-op works check out this video from the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals.


What if…

the virus is here to help us?

To reset.

To remember.

What is truly important.

Reconnecting with family and community.

Reducing travel so that the environment, the skies, the air, our lungs all get a break.

Parts of China are seeing blue sky and clouds for the first time in forever with the factories being shut down.

Working from home rather than commuting to work (less pollution, more personal time).

Reconnecting with family as there is more time at home.

An invitation to turn inwards — a deep meditation — rather than the usual extroverted going out to self-soothe.

To reconnect with self — what is really important to me?

A reset economically.

How hard does one need to work to be able to live, to have a life outside of work?

To face our mortality — check back into “living” life rather than simply working, working, working.

To reconnect with our elders, who are so susceptible to this virus.

And, washing our hands — how did that become a “new” thing that we needed to remember. But, yes, we did.

The presence of Grace for all.

There is a shift underway in our society — what if it is one that is favorable for us?

What if this virus is an ally in our evolution?

In our remembrance of what it means to be connected, humane, living a simpler life, to be less impactful/ more kind to our environment.

Words by ~Gurpreet Gill~