The Overdose Crisis and Brave’s Philosophy
Never before have so many people died from accidental overdoses - in 2017, there were over 68,000 deaths in the United States and over 2,900 deaths in Canada.
There has yet to be a single death in a Supervised Consumption Site - and the massive expansion of British Columbia’s Take Home Naloxone program has likely saved hundreds of lives. Both of these efforts fall under the umbrella of harm reduction - an approach towards drug use that emphasizes the safety and humanity of people who use drugs. We take our lead from the harm reduction movement - and seek to extend it’s impact as far as we can.
If you wish to learn more about the crisis and about harm reduction, we recommend the following resources:
Fighting for Space Travis Lupick’s excellent book about the history of harm reduction in Vancouver
This Columbia Journalism Review article about what the media mostly gets wrong about opioid addiction
Guy Felicella’s TEDxWhiteRock Talk about his own experience with addiction and overdose, and the role harm reduction has played in his life
Cooperatives are collectively owned and democratically controlled organizations. Brave is a platform cooperative - a democratically controlled and collectively owned digital platform.
Imagine that if every time you posted a status update to Facebook or uploaded a video on Youtube, you were rewarded with a piece of the ownership of each company, and given a voice in it’s decision-making. Although it sound strange, this is actually only fair - you create value on digital platforms all the time, but rarely share in it directly. Instead, all this user-created value is funneled to companies and investors.
We want to do things differently at Brave by empowering our users to make the platform work for them, and to share in the value created on it.
To learn more about platform cooperativism we recommend the following resources:
Nathan Schneider and Trebor Holtz’s overview “Ours to Hack and to Own”
www.fairshares.coop - a resource group which inspired our cooperative structure