Okay, let's say I want to start a tech cooperative. Where do I even start?
@noemi can you expand on what you mean by "tech" in this context?
@mattcropp Ideally, think something halfway between a software development studio and an accelerator. Ideally, I want to make good (as in "good quality", but also as in "not evil") software that people want to pay money to use.
@noemi Accelerator as in it seeks to spin off autonomous co-ops?
I guess a key question is whether you're building a worker co-op studio, or a user-owned software utility? Or some interface between the two?
Step One, post this question on social.coop. (done!)
Step Two, people ask you lots of questions like: what is the situation? What do you want to do? Why tech/what kind of tech? Users, makers, other? Why a co-op? Have you organized or been a member of a co-op before? What was that like? What are your dreams of success as a cooperative? What do you most want to avoid?...
here at "Stin Priza" it all started with people. someone had the idea, shared it with others, things got interesting for everyone involved and we got together to make a small group. discussed our needs and wants for some months, then finished all the boring paperwork and made it happen. Since the beginning, some people left - others came, but we still enjoy working at our small tech collective. :)
@noemi Right where you just started :)
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here