Greennet's application to join CoTech


Today (30th November 2018) at the CoTech Gathering, a number of representatives from CoTech member coops sat down with Ed from Greennet to discuss their rejected application last year to join the network.

After some initial recapping of events and Ed restating who Greennet are, why they want to join and what is hindering them from becoming a worker owner and controlled cooperative, a proposal was made and using the consent process we worked through a number of critical concerns before passing the proposal.

A detailed, and hopefully accurate, account of what happened can be found on the Wiki.

For simplicity’s sake,I’ll restate the proposal here:

We accept Greennet as a member of CoTech providing they resolve the issue of worker ownership and control by becoming a coop within 2 years. CoTech will provide support to enable them to do this, by offering Sion Whellens skills and expertise and by supporting an application to Solid Fund to get funding to help them with the legal costs.

Moving forward, we agreed to use this thread to keep members updated of progress.


So please allow me to introduce GreenNet:

We were founded in the 80’s and have been providing connectivity in various forms to activists and campaigners ever since. As the internets have evolved, so has GreenNet.

Some of what we bring to Co-Tech is:

  • We’re an ISP (we reckon UK’s oldest), so we can hook up ADSL, FTTC etc, and we’re ISPA UK members. handy for telco issues, contacts, etc
  • We founded the APC in 1990 it’s grown into a thriving international network of progressive tech orgs and gets us into gigs like the IGF
  • With Privacy International and others,we’re challenging GCHQ at the ECtHR on hacking
  • But we’re also a non-hierarchical collective of 8 friendly, knowledgable & political geeks with deep links in UK and international activist networks and dedication to FOSS and internet.rights

You can find out about what services we offer at the moment on our website
and a few tales from our illustrious storied past can be found on wikipedia (feel free to update - especially if you can track down details of the GET/BNP dispute in the '90’s?) as well as on our website.

We’re so pleased to be formally joining Co-Tech, and looking forward to contributing and collaborating


I’ll be more than glad to assist Greennet.


Good news on Greennet, thanks @aaron. It makes sense, to me, to have a flexible approach to membership rules in unusual cases like this.

On the process, though, is this a proposal which was voted on and is it now considered binding - or is the proposal now going to be taken to Loomio for a decision? I thought the latter was how membership decisions were made according to the constitution.


Hey @jack

I’ve added the update to the Loomio thread, I meant to do that last week but it got hectic.
You’re right re consitution so have asked the question there… personally I think it’s overkill but then I was there!