Thanks. It’s not a problem, these things happen, as I said. The point is to get better.
It would be good to be clear if we now have to pay to make decisions, at £56 per year per person. What I am reading is we need to pay this by 28th of February 2020, which is two days away and we heard about it yesterday (25th of February).
There is a difference between transparency (where it is on the person to find out how things are working) and being informed about decisions that effect you (where you are actively told).
For me, democratic institutions work on both principles, but when it is something important, like fundamentally changing the institutional arrangements of an organisation which your organisation is a part, then I would have been pleased to receive some kind of warning that this decision was being made or had been made. An email or two would have sufficed.
Indeed, the proposal itself says “Co-ops will be asked in the meantime whether they wish to be voting members”. I haven’t recieved any offer to become a voting member until I found this out (for myself) and asked this question. I don’t know if anyone else has on this forum, or more widely. And think it plausible others would be also surpised they were not aware of either a decision being considered or a decision being made. People are about to lose quite a bit of power to shape this institution, as far as I understand it, unless I am mistaken and the voting rights are limited to administration of the fund, which is not clear to me.
It seems that @Lucy is also confused and is asking similar questions. There is clearly an internal communications piece that has been skipped here. This isn’t to be overtly critical of people driving this work forward (which I support) but to be clear about how it has unfolded.
We will try and join the call today to clear this up. I would suggest considering a proposal to move this implementation date backwards to allow members to be more informed.
I highly suspect many of the coops that are part of CoTech will respond with a bit of surprise that CoTech will slip into being a subscription based model at the end of this month and they now have to budget for this if they want a say. To be totally clear, I am not opposed to this model per sae, but I am concerned most people don’t know.