Pavilion is a new tech cooperative, primarily providing services to folks running Discourse installations (the software powering this forum). We build customisations and provide site administration and hosting for a wide variety of online communities.
We’ve built, and maintain, a large library of open source plugins for Discourse, including the Events and Locations plugins used on this forum. (p.s. you can submit feature requests and bug reports for those and our other plugins on our site).
We’re currently looking to register as a cooperative in the UK. Most likely as a multi-stakeholder cooperative under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. We’re currently finalising our rules (I’m writing them). We considered a number of different legal fora for registration (including Australia and the US) and settled on the UK for the following reasons:
- Permissive legislative environment
- Decent industry support (including CoTech!)
- Relatively cheap registration
- Useful legal structures like the “Asset Lock”
- Multiple members based in the UK
I’m actually based in Australia, but so far haven’t encountered any barriers that will cause with respect to registration and compliance.
Anyway, glad to find a community of like-minded folks here, and looking forward to spending more time here!