Boa - Collaborative Community

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Boa - Collaborative Community: Creating collaborative ways to produce and consume

Lisbon and Sintra, PortugalLisbon and Sintra
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Boa is a collaborative production and consumption community based on sharing economy and sustainable living. It creates products and services with a multisectorial cooperative model, enabling an integrated and participatory response to people's needs.
With an ecological and creative capacity building approach it enhances the work and consumption experience, reducing money dependence and generating a shared values and resources community.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

It identifies a social and economic main system in Lisbon city where production and consumption models and practices do not respond and considerate enough planet and human dimensions and needs, creating exclusion, unemployment, dependency, lack of responsibility and action, unawareness, isolation and waste. There's a problem of big companies dependency to consume and work, and of anonymous consume and isolated strategies to respond to needs. Boa tries to solve the reduced local life quality in terms of alternatives for participation in economic and social development.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

A multisectorial cooperative model to increase job co-creation and community resilience in people's needs response, based on a participatory responsible consumption and sharing economy practices. Community will be held by the day by day consuming, work or other resources collaboration in the various productions and cooperative services as well as by the shared values and practices of Boa model, that ensure the development of the aimed results and impacts of the project in local life quality: organic vegetables agriculture, handmade textile, food and wood products, a collaborative restaurant, workshops, eco-construction, consumer cooperative, tradeschool.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Boa has launched a community supported agriculture organic production with a cooperative model. The land rented by the cooperative nearby Lisbon city is producing all kinds of vegetables being consumed by city families, members of the cooperative. Agriculture work and management is all done by members as well. Members can participate in production activities witch allows them to exchange work for vegetables and reduce the money exchange. All members participate in investments, information on the production is shared every week.Each member has it´s own participation plan according to specific needs and motivations.Educational contents on organic food, the benefits of each vegetable and the integrated production processes impact are central.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Boa productions are aimed to multiply locally driven by the partnership work. Boa is based in an organization model that integrates values and practices put together in a wide investigation work done by the team, that consider useful, participatory, ecological and educational productions, made ​​by and for an inclusive, participatory community, valuing the quality of integration, development and empowerment of the beneficiaries.This product, enriched by action investigation held in Boa implementation, will be the source for workshops and other educational media products and initiatives, and will enable the growth and replication of Boa model.A study on impacts evaluation of sharing economy and cooperative practices being used by Boa, will take place in partnership with Lisbon University Sociology Investigation Center next year, is aimed to create useful elements to public policies.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

"Land sharing for food and social good" is addressing the health food production and the inclusion of disadvantaged people. Boa also integrates people from disadvantaged groups but it integrates beneficiaries with a wide diverse background and access to resources since its approach is based on the diversity of the people participating in the community. The example given has also an agriculture production to improve food self sufficient, like Boa has. The difference is Boa has a cooperative model and a multisectorial production structure for work creation. Other project is Social Entrepreneurs Agency in Portugal that is also not based on a cooperative model like Boa is, and it does not include the consumers in the solution creation, it is centered only in the producers. Boa approach is centered in collaborative producers and consumers.


The management team joins together compromised people from different backgrounds and expertise that are able and motivated to ensure quality achievements for the project. It integrates a NGO project manager with communication and economic sociology background entrepreneur, an experienced organic agriculture worker and trainer with wide social movement background, a senior creative copy writer with master degree in solidarity economy, an experienced self development skills and community communication trainer, a designer committed to social causes and documentary filmmaker, a product designer, two organic food and vegetarian passionate cooks and cooperative promoters and an NGO project manager with management studies background. The managers of partner organizations integrate the management and development team of Boa with a system design that articulates support areas and productions.