Introductions? (Starter for 10)

I believe had python jobs in the Midlands from time to time. @johndunf might know what’s coming up…


Thanks @harry!

Hey @richbrennan, lovely to be in touch with you! I’d love to have a chat with you about this, if you want you can grab a slot in my calendar here and we can talk :slight_smile:


Hi I’m John. I like to call myself a philosopher because I graduated with a philosophy degree last year and I think it’s funny to make it a vocational course.
I’m the project lead on Wobbly, a chat application for precarious workplace organising. Alongside that, I’m building an understanding of a development methodology for running a radical app. I’m part of ProgCode, a group that matches devs to political tech projects. They have about 300 monthly active members and need more non-coders to facilitate the community. If you know anyone looking to make an impact in politics, they could do worse than join ProgCode’s staff.

In the co-op world, I’m part of a group setting up a software developers co-op in Tyneside, where I live. We’re in the early stages of working out our legal and organisational structures and business model and are looking to do a pre-launch event in October. I’ll probably be asking a lot of questions on this forum soon about legal structures and finding clients etc.

If any of this is interesting to you and you’d like to talk more about it, we can set up a phone or zoom call. Just send me a message!



I’m James, and I started working for Open Data Services Co-op back in March.

I’m on the more technical side; programmer and Linux sys admin type stuff, tho I’m interested in many different areas. We use Python at work, but previously I’ve mostly used PHP and a little native Android in Java.

I’ve been involved in many other community groups before, and so I was very keen to work in a co-op when this job came up.

I’ve also been involved in Open Data before. However a lot of my work has more been around what I call Community Data - a bunch of people working together on creating a dataset of shared interest. For instance, I started and still run (6 years now) , listing tech events.

Anyway, I’m based in Edinburgh but in London every few months so maybe see folks around - talk soon!


RE: Open Tech Calendar you might be interested in the work of our sisters over at

RE: Edinburgh have you met the awesome people at Graphics Coop - @chrisb is lurking here on their behalf I believe

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I have not seen Diglife - I will have a look!

I think I did meet Graphics Coop years ago when working on a different project - Happy to meet for drink and co-op chat tho @chrisb!

@SzczepanOfAnimorph my mate Fred Deakin (musician ex Lemon Jelly and Prof of Digital Design at St Martins no less) is doing a music/aug reality event at the Rosemary Branch, Islington, for 13 days starting 13th Nov that you may be interested in -

"I’m writing to tell you about an insanely ambitious new show which I’d love you to come to. Along with my soundtracks, we’ve now introduced projection-mapped visuals and VR sensors to Project2’s improvised science-fiction narratives so that Katy and Chris can control their environment through movement. Here’s a couple of stills from our R&D sessions (to be clear, Katy and Chris won’t be wearing VR headsets during the performances!)

So every night we’ll create an all new epic sci-fi movie combining narrative, music and visuals that will never be seen again.

The show is called 13 Cycles (13 nights starting on the 13th of November) and is at the Rosemary Branch Theatre near Essex Road, N1. This three week run is a big stretch for us and if you were able to come down and support us it would be really appreciated. Personally I think the show is mind-blowing and has every chance of crossing over to a wider audience, so come and say you were there at the start!

Tickets are available here:

Thanks a lot and all the best,



Hello, I’m Jack, I work at Open Data Services Co-op with @ODSCJames. And I’m also based in Edinburgh. I’m an analyst at ODSC and work mainly on beneficial ownership. I see a few familiar names on this thread, from visits to Space4. I won’t be at the event at the end of November as I’m on leave but hopefully some of my colleagues will.

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Hey Jack, have you said Hello to the other CoTech members based in Edinburgh. I’m not sure they’re all on here but @chrisb of Graphics Coop is lurking I believe. There are a few other ones up there - Atomised who are not members yet for reasons unknown and Media Coop over in Glasgow

Hey everyone!

I’m Rory, and I also work for Open Data Services Co-op with @jack and @ODSCJames. Historically based in Bristol, but likely to be based in Tallinn for a while next year.

I’m also an analyst, and generally work towards the production, release, or analysis of open data about international aid and humanitarian assistance, though I dabble in other sectors too (public procurement, social investment, philanthropic grant making).

I will be coming to the hack at the end of this week as somewhat of a newbie to CoTech, though I believe I’ve met a few of you before during my sporadic visits to Space4. I look forward to meeting more of you soon, and to engaging here also.

Amongst other things, I’m interested in learning more about other coops, and skill sharing.


@harry Thanks - no, I haven’t met them yet. @ODSCJames and I are going to try and arrange something soon!

Hi all,

I’m Emma, currently in the middle of founding Equal Care Co-op - a social care platform co-op starting up in the Calder Valley. Our remit is to move the power in social care to the people who give and receive care and support, so we set up as a multi-stakeholder. We’re currently a consumer of tech services (a very small consumer I should add!) but want to bring people and future members in-house.

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Welcome Emma - from Webarchitects, a small tech co-op down the road in Sheffield. Your website looks nice, and it sounds like a really good project that you’re working on. Feel free to give us a shout if we (or any of the CoTech co-ops) can help :slight_smile:

Hello everyone,

I’ve been running a web agency and doing freelance development and non-profit work for many years, currently exploring collaboration networks, co-ops and collectives where my skills, values, and contributions could be more aligned.

I’m super interested in how we can use technology to bring about improved coordination among those working for regenerative ends, and especially ways we can slip ourselves out of the clutches of structural-scarcity capitalism and into a cooperative economy.

I’m the instigator of the Collective Intelligence Network, producing podcasts, articles, and events about being smarter together.

Based in BC, Canada, but currently spending time in the UK.

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Hi @AMcKenty, perhaps you might wish to consider coming to our gathering at the end of the month? Also CTRLshift might interest you.

By the way it took a little digging to working the URL of the RSS feed for your podcasts.


Thanks for the event suggestions @chris, and the heads up about the RSS feed. Definitely need to make that more visible, especially as I roll out a backlog of podcast material.

Both those events look fantastic! The Sheffield gathering is probably not going to fit with my itinerary, but CTRLShift is more likely. The UK seems to be the most active place in the world right now for economic/solidarity/tech/change work, so it’s exciting to be connecting with these networks.

By the way, in case you didn’t see the post for this: I’m running an event at Newspeak House on Thursday that has some relevance to cooperative technology, especially when it comes to technologies for coordination and decision making. It’s called Collective Intelligence Lab. More details here (and pardon the corporate event platform!):


I´m Carlos Zerpa, I’m a member of ECL which is a content-creation Co-op based in Caracas Venezuela. I have experience in Design, Project Management, Animation and Front-end development.
A few days ago I started a thread about a book project we are currently launching called Cooperative by Design. I just realized I forgot to present myself before, sorry to be so rude.
Thank you all, I’ll be lurking in the shadows :sunglasses:


Hi! I’m Lucy, I’ve been part of setting up InFact Digital for the last year and we’ve just become an official company. We mostly do design thinking, UX/UI and web development, always interested in learning new things though. I like tech but I like co-ops better :smile: I’m coming to the CoTech gathering at the end of April and looking forward to meeting lots of you there!


Hi @AMcKenty

’ use technology to bring about improved coordination among those working for regenerative ends… Collective Intelligence Network, producing podcasts, articles, and events about being smarter together’

Maybe also take a look at what’s going on at / Lots on CI, network coordination/development - CaaS, open learning, mapping etc

Want to meet other CoTech people?

You’re welcome to the CoTech Spring Gathering - 25-26th April.

It’s in Sheffield, where accommodation has kindly been offered in housing co-ops on a pay-what-you-can donation basis.

It’s not expensive. Tickets start from £11, all the details are here.

Visitors will include some from tech co-ops in Argentina, members of CoTech’s equivalent, FACTTIC. The event includes workshops and discussion on themes like ‘climate and tech’ and ‘how can CoTech make a difference?’

The final agenda will be decided by those attending and you can join the discussion here:

Climate and tech

General discussion

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