Investing in cryptocurrencies is fun, but let’s not forget what we are doing: building the economic systems of the future.
This week we launched Up & Go, a web application that connects consumers with local, sustainable, worker-owned cooperatives offering top-quality services at guaranteed fair wages.
Today, workers around the world join in solidarity with the long lineage of labor organizers and brave laborers who have fought hard for the many freedoms we enjoy today.
First in a series of technical posts at CoLab!
By Jeremy on March 17, 2017
What benefits can a coop model of international collaboration provide in a digital age?
CoLab has been working with partners on an exciting new project that we're happy to share with you: the NYC-based Coopify app!
By Ralph on November 18, 2016
Helping the International Co-operative Alliance Build the Next Global Economy
By Ralph on November 9, 2016
A collaborative meditation / prayer / poem for election day.
By Ralph on November 8, 2016
Another in our series featuring our team, what draws them to CoLab and how they spend time outside of work
By Ralph on July 14, 2016
We at CoLab like to find the best solutions for everyday problems.. And when it comes to call to action buttons, we just think they could be better. “Click here to try our product!” you get told every time you land on a page. “Please, pay attention to me!” they seem to say. Oh boy. Is this really the only way to get people to try something out?
By Gabrielle on July 14, 2016
CoLab's Gabrielle Anctil looks at the problems of project estimation and explores some possible solutions.
By Gabrielle on June 14, 2016
We recently had the privilege of working with the rad team at Seventh Generation to help them launch their #ComeClean campaign.
By Ralph on May 5, 2016
Second in a new series featuring our team and how they spend time outside of work.
By Ralph on April 28, 2016
A new series featuring our team and how they spend time outside of work.
By Ralph on April 10, 2016
They needed a robust online platform, capable of effectively translating a variety of multimedia content to a diverse audience, which CoLab delivered.
By Ralph on March 1, 2016
Reflections on our mission for a brighter future and the work of Dr Martin Luther King.
By Rylan on February 15, 2016
Camp Sagamore in the Adirondaks has been awarded a grant to work with leading experts. CoLab is called on for mobile applications.
By Ralph on January 29, 2016
CoLab's partner REFM announces software license agreement with Realtors Property Resource® .
By Ralph on January 28, 2016
Shining light on what FBP is and what benefits it offers, plus a simple ToDo app to tie it all together.
By David on August 29, 2015
Tackle your technical project's unknowns (and unknown unknowns) with this handy checklist.
By Jenn on August 10, 2015
Supreme Court ruled in favor of love today.
By Ralph on June 26, 2015
We got Seventh Generation ready for Google's mobile update and optimized their site to be easy to administer and perform faster.
By Ralph on June 18, 2015
Appreciating our cooperative culture in which mindful practices are fostered
By Ralph on June 12, 2015
Celebrating GlassApp and the Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the Corning Museum of Glass.
By Ralph on March 24, 2015
We talk to Mikael about Moodboard, Unsplash, and the ongoing challenge of building trust in an organization.
By Jenn on March 9, 2015
One of our favorite front-end developers dives deep into CSS3 Flexible Box, sharing solutions to various common use cases for modern web apps.
By Ralph on March 3, 2015
The Unitarian Universalist Association provides a home for anyone with a desire to connect with their personal spiritual path. As of last week, they also have a new website.
By Jenn on March 2, 2015
Our second project with Mama Hope, a non-profit organization focused on building self-sufficient communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
By Jenn on February 26, 2015
Lessons on getting started using the developer mode, template-driven JSON, and CSS preprocessors on Squarespace.
By Jenn on February 26, 2015
We talk to Joshua about transparency, the challenges of running a co-working space, and leadership dynamics in decentralized organizations.
By Jenn on February 2, 2015
We talk to Bill about queen bees, team diversity, and techniques for ensuring an inclusive collaborative culture.
By Jenn on December 21, 2014
We talk to Bill about queen bees, team diversity, and techniques for ensuring an inclusive collaborative culture.
By Jenn on December 21, 2014
We put it off. We focused on client projects. We did a refresh. We weren't satisfied. Here's how we went ahead with a full redesign of our site, and how we finally got it done.
Last week, CoLab’s content and SEO expert, Jess Spate, co-hosted a webinar with Jirafe's CEO Amit Shahon on ecommerce customer acquisition.
By Jenn on November 24, 2014
CoLabr Brian Toomey attended the largest climate march in history on September 21, 2014. He was one of 400,000 people who gathered in New York City, unleashing a unified cry to protect our planet. Did it make a difference?
By Colleen on November 19, 2014
Join Jirafe and Colab on November 18th at 11 AM EST to learn how you can turn your online store into an irresistible shopping destination.
By Ralph on November 17, 2014
A business has a life of its own. Like a child it must be fostered toward continuous growth and improvement. Those who shape it need to maintain an awareness of strengths to be encouraged and weaknesses to attend to. But, careful! It is surprisingly easy to fall into the trap of focusing heavily on weaknesses while forgetting to celebrate successes.
By Colleen on October 24, 2014
There is a ripple effect. When one person gains a firmer footing in their life’s purpose, the uplifting effect echoes through whatever they are a part of, including a company.
By Colleen on September 29, 2014
CoLab is proud to announce the launch of the newly redesigned Pivot Works website.
By Ralph on September 25, 2014
This Labor Day, CoLab is celebrating the burgeoning cooperative economy and our place in it. We are proud to be included in Shareable’s article highlighting worker-owned cooperatives who are redefining the cooperative movement!
By Ralph on September 1, 2014
CoLab has launched a new version of James Huang’s website featuring his one-of-a-kind sculptural masterpieces.
By Ralph on August 18, 2014
We are pleased to be serving the arts in our recent work with HowlRound, a Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College.
By Ralph on June 27, 2014
Though we are not officially participating in the official National Day of Civic Hacking, we are marching forward in a kindred spirit of improving lives and serving others with our 1st ever CoLab Hackathon.
By Ralph on May 31, 2014
CPMCRI is creating impact through important scientific research in the fight against global medical challenges like breast cancer and age-related diseases. They are part of the large non-profit health care organization Sutter Health.
By Ralph on May 23, 2014
Hacker News prides itself on curating deeply interesting stuff, supported by thoughtful, civil online conversation. Proud to see the cooperative business model getting some love on their home page.
By Ralph on April 23, 2014
This passage was written a short time ago during CoLab’s strategic planning session for 2014 (we call them summits). A longer form, collaboratively written piece is in draft, but we felt eager to share this moment in potent realization with you, transparently.
By Ralph on March 11, 2014
As the promise and potential of a new year begins to take shape, it is a natural time for reflections on why we do what we do and in addition, the values we seek to uphold at CoLab and with the projects we collaborate on.
By Ralph on January 10, 2014
If you are one of our dedicated few CoLab blog readers, then you know that we have been hard at work for the past year readying the Valuate Web App for this very moment: the launch of Valuate 1.0 into the world!
By Ralph on November 15, 2013
After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign this past Spring, Rice Field Collective has launched their freshly redesigned storytelling e-commerce shop. This launch marks another leap forward in their ascent as a modern, eco-friendly and socially conscious knitwear brand. The site features the ability to showcase not only the beautiful hand-knit products but also the makers, designers, and other collaborators who all play a role in the story of each product.
By Ralph on November 14, 2013
A second site launched this week, StopThePity.org, bringing together a great CoLab team. The project came to us by way of ReAllocate.org and we jumped at the chance to fulfill the giveback opportunity. The site was nearing completion when we got it, but needed a strong team to close it out and give it some needed mobile optimization love.
By Ralph on October 28, 2013
If you are looking to be inspired, look no further. Artist Si Scott’s new redesigned portfolio plus online shop and the artwork it holds are truely stunning.
By Ralph on October 2, 2013
A massive and exciting project we have been working on this year came out from behind the curtain this week. Entrepreneur, partner and collaborator Bruce Kirsch has launched Valuate by REFM, a next-generation commercial real estate financial analysis and property marketing software platform.
By Ralph on September 27, 2013
It’s summer and as much as we like to design, code, and create ... we also like to play. ralph cutler doing 80’s flavor better than B-Fine.
By Ralph on July 19, 2013
One of our developers, Peter, arrived this morning fresh from the future (Google's idea of it at least). Having just acquired a pair of Google Glass, Peter wasted no time breaking the seal and digging into experimentation.
By Ralph on June 10, 2013
It's starting to sink in. Sustainability in business isn't simply an economic issue or an environmental issue. Sustainability is a people issue!
By Ralph on May 17, 2013
Recently, our friends at Hugo + Marie returned to us with a new collaboration project to build a custom ecommerce solution for a new clothing label.
By Ralph on April 18, 2013
Seems like every time I click on the NYT these days, I'm inspired or at least reassured that momentum is shifting, people are waking up and choosing a path with less greed, ego and blind consumption involved.
By Ralph on March 12, 2013
I wish we could collectively learn to pause more often — to stop for a minute, to breathe, rest and recharge together. You know, like the '5 min stretch breaks' they announce over the PA at the supermarket for employees, but where we actually all do it together, all the time, and we do it joyfully.
By Rylan on March 11, 2013
Are you looking for work in a positive collaborative environment where cooperation and heart-centered actions take precedence? Are you inspired to participate in a progressive economy business? Would you like to be able to work flexible hours and from any location?
By Ralph on March 3, 2013
Dub Kirtan All-Stars new site is live and chock full of sonic and social sharing goodness. It’s the latest of CoLab’s prono projects supporting music and art.
By Ralph on February 28, 2013
Finlo Solar’s new site is up, powered by sunshine and collaboration.
By Ralph on February 8, 2013
We have a term at CoLab for the helpful little things we discover in our interactions with technology, business and life in general. We call each one a 'top tip.' Just the smallest piece of intelligence can make us excited, giddy even, when we find that it eases the modern challenges of completing a task, managing something or just helps things run smoothly.
By Ralph on January 25, 2013
With openness comes innovation. This is core to our value system at CoLab. It's why we work with a host of partners across our project portfolio and generally why we choose to collaborate over compete at every opportunity. While this philosophy is clearly a shot across the bow of the old consumer capitalist paradigm believing that success only comes at the expense of others; it is not without supporters from some of the old economic guard.
By Ralph on December 13, 2012
At CoLab we work a lot on giving. Giving is fundamental to our culture and our mission. At our best, we personally ask ourselves everyday: Who did I give to? What did I give? At minimum, we regularly ask CoLab as a business: When was our last pro bono design? What percentage of new contracts can we donate?
By Ralph on December 6, 2012
Forever is a strong word, and yeah, perhaps a tad exaggerated. Though the stories you can create, store and share on the CoLab supported Storied app can live on a lot longer than those faded, torn photographs our Mothers have stuck in a shoe box collecting dust in the closet. Or are they under the bed? One thing that definitely does not live forever is a Kickstarter campaign. Thankfully, with the help of more than 150 backers, we reached our goal of $35,000 within the 30 day timed challenge. This will be a major boost towards the final execution of the product before launching publicly.
By Ralph on October 25, 2012
This week we celebrated in honor of our visiting West Coast member Yaniv and his lovely newlywed partner Sara, with a little mid week soirée.. It was also an opportunity to share the work of artist Joshua Sperling, who has helped deck out the CoLab Hive Coworking space in recent months. Lastly, it was also an excuse to give out Free Hugs to some peers, lovers, collaborators and supporters of cooperative economy, as Tuesdays can get be pretty hectic.
By Ralph on August 2, 2012
Good design doesn’t just look good. It needs to perform, convert, inspire, and possess a purpose. It is often innovative but can also just get the job done with simple elegance. Below is are the principles of good design, set forth by Dieter Rams.
By Ralph on June 15, 2012
CoLab hearts children. We should know. We only have like a bazillion of them amongst our members and collaborators. So what better way to spend a Saturday than putting our creative talents to good use?
By Ralph on May 22, 2012
A new bill recently signed into law by NY State Governor will enable corporations to legally structure themselves as Benefit Corporations or B-Corps. B-Corps are for-profit entities that have a specific social mission.
By Ralph on April 27, 2012
Through the community that is blossoming from our co-work space in Ithaca (CoLab Hive), we connected with a tremendously talented opera turned folk singer name Anna Coogan.
By Ralph on February 22, 2012
It feels so damn good, to serve organizations like Prison Radio. On January 30th Mumia Abu-Jamal hugged his wife for the first time in nearly thirty years. Incredible. Hearing of this news, truly warmed our hearts and reminded us once again, why we do all this technology and design for our clients and partners.
By Ralph on February 2, 2012
HANDLE©Care needed an outside the box web site design to match their innovative approach to help children who are working through perplexing behavior, language delays, organizational problems, and psychological disorders. Starting fresh with little to no online presence, we agreed that the site also needed to stand out from the typical style of other sites in their industry.
By Ralph on January 20, 2012
We often ask ourselves, how can we help? How can we do more to contribute to community development, sustainable energy or the alleviation of suffering? Finding answers is getting a lot easier.
By Ralph on January 12, 2012
The Yoga Studies Institute (YSI) is a school that teaches how to achieve the ultimate goal of yoga: a life of love, wisdom, authenticity, fulfillment and purpose. It teaches yoga as a lifestyle in a modern sense. Helping to connect the ultimate or enlightened self with your everyday self.
By Ralph on December 13, 2011
30 years ago, Mumia Abu-Jamal's life turned upside down. A police officer in Philadelphia was shot and killed. Mumia was charged, then convicted and sentenced to death for the murder. Since his conviction, serious doubts have been raised over the legitimacy of the evidence.
By Ralph on December 10, 2011
The artistry and integrity of Sam Walls Beasley’s work is uncanny, she is a masterful seamstress. We are thrilled to have developed her website with our in-house CMS.
By Ralph on October 20, 2011
Wine, a transformative liquid of love, celebration and ceremony. Winemaking, a craft dating back to the Neolithic Age. Ecommerce winery websites, a growing part of the CoLab portfolio.
By Ralph on October 13, 2011
Some of our esteemed tech co-workers have proposed a discussion of the value of tech coops at SXSW in 2012 which got me thinking about just this question.
By Rylan on September 19, 2011
The only constant, is change, and a big change has come for our partner, collaborator and friend Elijah Woolery.
By Ralph on September 1, 2011
Collaboration being the very heart and soul of our company. CoLab is proud to be participating in the innovative TechSpring program with the Unreasonable Institute and Singlebrook Technology.
By Ralph on August 3, 2011
There is a new tea boutique on the block. Tea Gallerie is officially online and on the rise.
By Ralph on June 15, 2011
We are excited to announce the launch of Lotus Yoga's new website.
By Ralph on May 19, 2011
When we founded the CoLab Cooperative in January of this year, we were putting legal structure to a mission to serve the earth and its inhabitants via a cooperative business entity building Internet technology.
By Rylan on April 12, 2011