@toml @finn @liam I’ll send you DMs to work out a good time
I went to an event in May that was about boosting the North East tech sector. During the panel discussion Q&A, I asked a question about tech co-ops (referencing CoTech) and the response from the panel was as if I’d asked the question in arabic or something. Tumbleweed. But afterwards I was approached by the enterprise manager for Gateshead Council who told me that they’re doing community wealth building, and that co-ops would be a big part of that. I had a meeting with him, and he instructed me to find some more people who would be interested and bring them to another meeting.
I talked to Nick Woodfine who runs the game dev meetup in Newcastle, who as it happens had been thinking of starting a tech co-op about ten years ago (he actually contributed the name, Code-Operative, from his old project). And then brought him, and another programmer that I know to the next meeting. We got assigned some office space in a building that the Council operate, and also the council commissioned Robert Webb of Transmit to assist us in creating a business plan.
And that’s what we’ve been doing for the past 8 weeks.