I was going to reach out directly, but then figured: “Why not have the convo on the forum, as any positive spin-out is entirely due to this network”
- I’m very early in starting a tech worker co-op with some friends, Hypha Worker Co-operative
- We all met around the Toronto #civictech community, doing projects and organizing together.
- We’re interested in building an inclusive and diverse co-operative ecology in Toronto.
I’m also a co-organizer with Civic Tech Toronto.
- I’m currently in the role of speaker booking.
- We run weekly “civic hacknights” for 50-70 designers, technologists, public servants, nonprofit workers, and engaged citizens. Anyone can pitch a project and seek support. We’re a multi-sectoral platform for grassroots community projects.
- We host short guest speakers each week, from government and civil society. This helps lure people in for the project work.
- We move around each month, hopping between academic, private, and government venue sponsors (cross-pollinating communities in the process).
FACT[TIC] gave a show & tell. about. notes.
- Two of your major longterm clients are Canadian tech companies from Toronto, which work in industries aligned or adjacent to government.
- Civic Tech Toronto usually books venues pretty much via cold-calls.
- I feel very excited about sharing more co-operative ideals within the Toronto #civictech community, and helping community members establish more formal working relationships.
- If we independently soliticited venue sponsorship from a month from one of these organizations, might someone from FACT[TIC] be willing to speak to the community about your tech co-op network? (We could seek hosting with or without mentioning interest in their relation to you)
Eager to hear your thoughts on this, or get on a call! I wouldn’t make any mention of the client relation without your consent. (We tend to work on a couple month timescale for venue sponsors, so no rush.)
(Civic Tech Toronto and Hypha Worker Co-operative are separate endeavours, but I’m eager to consider how they might align in the future.)