I’d love to earn a livelihood by meaningfully contributing to the CoTech network - but I’m not sure how best to go about it and where my skill and the network’s needs overlap…
The proposed CoTech Network Coordinator role could be perfect for me - but there doesn’t seem to actually be any money sloshing around in the network to make it happen yet.
I’ve also been thinking about learning to code (I am a techie relative to the general population - I’ve run Linux since before Ubuntu existed and in the past generated most of my income doing WordPress stuff - but I’m not yet at coder) and this week went to my first Founders and Coders Meetup at Space4
As for my own needs, I currently have a pretty cushy part-time (3 days a week) freelance contract which pays me £2080/ month but I don’t really enjoy it because I don’t feel like I really achieve anything and whilst it’s important work it isn’t what makes me tick (in a way co-op and community-owned stuff does). But I need to earn at least the same amount doing the same amount of work. Obviously ideally I’d like to earn more and work less!
In terms of why I want to be part of CoTech and what I’d really like to do etc. I wanted to earn a living in and spend my time developing the co-op economy. I’m very knowledgeable about and well connected to lots of people and orgs in the co-op world and it’s long been obvious to me that so-called political democracy is utterly meaningless without economic democracy.
One thing co-op related I’ve thought about doing is organising a load of Co-op/Solidarity economy-focussed bike tours around London. I’ve started mapping some of my favourite projects in London where I’d like such bike tours to visit (there would be several different options North, East, South, West tours etc). I once run such a tour and it was very well received.
Another thing that really bothers me is the lack of good video content about co-ops. Take the book The Co-operative Advantage, for example. It is a very informative but dry book - but includes info about all sorts of well established co-ops around the UK that even co-op geeks like me had never heard of before. There ought to be a good video case study about all of them! There isn’t even a good video about Suma Wholefoods who are co-op legends for lots of reasons. So perhaps instead of thinking about learning to code I should try and work with @Ieva_BlakeHouse and co to make stuff like this happen. Just not sure how I could make that pay £2080+/mo for 3 or less days a week though?!?
In an ideal world I’d be paid to work setting up a system/ network whereby all good people and orgs in every locality would pool 1% of their income/ revenue to fund a team of local co-op/ solidarity economy catalyzers (a community enterprise coach, a community organiser, a full stack geek, a community media person and an art of hosting type person).
More info about me here: https://josef.is
Would love to hear people thoughts about all this, specifically about how I could best engage in and earn a living within CoTech (but also interested in what CoTech members themselves most want/ need from the network generally, whether that has anything to do with me or not)
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and comments!