Yes – I think we share the understanding that the essence of Enspiral is to do with its practices, irrespective of the type of work itself. You could say that it is the way Enspiral works, if you’re thinking of ‘work’ as what is done for clients; or you could think of it as what Enspiral does – the way people behave and interact. I should add this is second-hand knowledge on my part, but I do know several of the lovely people who work as part of Enspiral (probably best, Richard Bartlett, whose #microsolidarity ideas you may have come across)
If you’re interested in Enspiral, another organisation worth looking at is Percolab, founded by Samantha Slade who I came across years ago in the context of e-portfolio conferences (and personal development, etc.) Samantha also wrote a book: “Going Horizontal”, which is less about Percolab, and more about describing in detail the practices they use, and help other people and organisations to adopt. I’m personally getting more closely involved with Percolab Belgium.
I’m really not sure if CoTech as a whole could ever approach either of those models, partly because they both started (IIRC) as small bodies and grew – they didn’t start out, as we did, as a bunch of disparate organisations united mainly by a few principles, nor is their membership open in the same way as ours is. But if we regard (and allow) CoTech to be the ‘outer’ network, then I can imagine starting with a few members agreeing to get in more deeply. Maybe that is what is actually happening, but if so, I think we would benefit from being more conscious and aware of that, and taking care to adjust the governance structures accordingly – along the lines of one size does not fit all.