Dearest co-operators, it is a few days late but here is another edition fresh out the door.
Happy Monday! To help kick it off, here is some solarpunk imaginary from our man @trav:
Yours in co-operation, The CoTech newsletter team.
PS. If you want to know how to subscribe, we’ve written instructions over here.
- Send feedback or items for the next issue to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Direct message @decentral1se on the forum
- Contribute to the project repository
- The next CoTech Circle call is on Wednesday 30th June at 4pm UK, see the forum post here. This is a general decision-making and network organising meeting that needs your participation!
- If the CoTech Infrastructure group were able to offer a VPS service - co-operatively run, co-operatively owned hardware, in a co-operative data centre running on renewable energy, would you want in? It’s an open call for input to all CoTech members (UPDATE: there is a follow-up survey available here, please consider also consider participating in this call for input in order to help the group have a more concrete idea of the network needs.)
- Join in on the discussion to decide whether CoTech should continue with Loomio or consider other options for online decision making (Loomio thread here).
We spent much of lockdown developing a tool that tracks Covid-19 samples for the @sangerinstitute . The tool we helped build – CoTrack – allows scientists and business managers to track samples as they progress through the analysis pipeline.
Furthermore, Outlandish are keeping the fires lit and have a bunch of new inspiring posts:
At a time when we really need to build back better, co-ops are ideally placed to boost the economy and create a fairer society. media co-op is incredibly proud to be part of this community. We hope you enjoy the film and remember to #JoinACoop this Co-op Fortnight 2021!
We are experiencing a rise in the interest in sociocratic governance in the UK co-operative sector, particularly amongst worker and multi-stakeholder co-operatives.
Meet.coop began as a collaboration between three tech co-ops in May 2020. It is set up using open source software (BigBlueButton) and runs on co-operatively owned hardware powered by renewable energy. It currently has 105 members across Europe, Asia and South America, including brands such as Friends of the Earth International and The Tor Project.
Co-op Cloud is a public interest infrastructure: it makes self-hosting open source apps (e.g. Nextcloud, WordPress, Jitsi) a reliable and cost-effective alternative to “Big Tech” services. The platform is made for co-operatives, non-profit groups, and individuals. With the support of the CoS Fund, they can release a polished “Beta” version in 12 – 18 months.
See the funding profile page here. More coming soon!
(PS. Meet.coop are still also in the running, fingers crossed!)
The Tao of WAO is a podcast about the intersection of technology, society, and internet culture — with a dash of philosophy and art for good measure. Hosted by Laura Hilliger and Doug Belshaw of We Are Open Co-op.
Get listening over at SoundCloud.
After some very off-topic rambling there has been a few rumblings around getting the focus back on improving our wonderful coops.tech website! It is still an open discussion as to what the website could be and how it could help CoTech and CoTech interested people do nice things together. If any of this sounds interesting to you, please join the discussion on the next CoTech Circle Call!
Looking for work in the network or in network-adjacent groups? Here is a helping hand!
- Outlandish: Web and Communications Trainee
- Request for help: creating an integrated chat system
- React job at understory.coop
- Beabee are looking for a frontend developer to help build a platform for independent community-powered newsrooms
- Camplight - a digital cooperative is looking for like-minded partners
- Calling Front End Devs / React lovers! Work at Library of Things?
- Animorph is looking for a designer
Did you know our wonderful forum has a Calendar feature? If you post under the events category then they will automatically appear in this calendar. You can subscribe to it using iCal or RSS. The Agenda also gives a linear overview of upcoming events also.
Good luck to all the organisers and thanks for your energy and determination despite all the remaining uncertainties around organising events right now.
Polly Robbins, community builder at Outlandish, will be giving an overview of new innovations in the cooperative sector.
See the events listing here.
A network wide general “decision-making” circle that meets virtually on a
synchronous basis once per month - if you’re part of CoTech, help organise it!
See the event post here.
All notes and previous call posts are listed on the forum
CoTech > Calls category.
A new group has formed within CoTech to try to provide a co-operative alternative to corporate server providers. If that sounds interesting to you, please join in!
See the event post here.
All notes and previous call posts are listed on the forum Hosting category.
The Worker Co-op Council agreed to make a firm booking for Worker Co-op Weekend at Selgars Mill 3 near Tiverton, Friday 23-Sunday 25 July. The day before - Thursday 22 July - we are mooting a pre-event Solidfund 1 strategy session, which may run alongside a face-to-face gathering for the relaunched Young Cooperators Network.
See the forum post here.
There is a poll setup by @Lucy to try and put some dates and figures on the next face-to-face CoTech meeting!
The idea is that CoTech (perhaps in collaboration with Solidfund/Young Co-operators Network) will extend the booking by a day, so that we can arrive Thursday evening and carry out our CoTechh sessions on the Friday. The total cost of this would be £1500.
Weigh in on this forum poll here.
You can also join the discussion on this separate thread.