Case Studies

The best way to understand how Cobudgeting can be applied in your group is by learning from how other organisations and groups are using the tool and integrating collaborative funding into their processes. 

Check out some of the stories we have gathered from our most active groups about their learnings, favorite buckets and advice on using the tool: 

Outlandish: investing surplus for impact

Outlandish is a web services consultancy based in London, which is a worker owned cooperative. They spend their member dividends in Cobudget as a way to fund new work that they care about.

How do they use cobudget? To democratically distribute their dividends to all cooperative members and make it easy for them to invest it in work they care about.

What type of activities do they fund? New tech products, social impact projects that need software, match funding of international initiatives.

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Evolutionary Leadership Institute: Cobudgeting for membership engagement

The Institute for Evolutionary Leadership (IEL) helps people, organizations, and communities get ready to redesign our world and make it more just, sustainable, and flourishing. They are a hybrid social enterprise that combines a consulting & training company with a cooperative community of practice.

How they use Cobudget? To enagage their member community (who makes recurring financial contributions) in resource allocation and to empower them to fund their own workshops.

What type of activities do they fund? Events such as workshops, travel expenses of members, systemic change work.

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Enspiral: sharing power by sharing money

Enspiral is a network of entrepreneurs and freelancers whose mission is to help more people work on stuff that matters. Since 2013, we have been practising collaborative funding to allocate collective funds through a participatory process. As the network’s needs and realities have changed over the years, this practice we call ‘cobudgeting’, has evolved alongside it.
This case study gives an overview of how the Cobudget tool and practice are used in Enspiral today, and shares some lessons from more recent experiments.

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Blackwood Seven: Participatory Agile Teams

Blackwood Seven is a marketing platform that uses artificial intelligence to help organisations get better results for their marketing spend. Their Barcelona team of 16 agile developers and people working in administration, human resources and communication has been using Cobudget.

How do they use Cobudget? To befully agile and make better financial decisions about everything related to their team, from office furniture, to team building activities, to which conferences to attend.

What types of activities to they fund? Team building activities, attending events, office expenses (tech, furniture, coffee machines etc.)

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League of Intrapreneurs: Collaborative funding for shared responsibility

The League of Intrapreneurs is a global learning community of “intrapreneurs” (entrepreneurs inside companies), who believe in creating change from within. They used Cobudget to allocate 30 000 € to engage their local Community Ambassadors.

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