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Place for announcements or to start conversations that may spin out into new threads.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) February 14th, 2020 17:54

Cheers Pete. That looks really useful. I'll share wider too.

Pete Burden

Pete Burden February 14th, 2020 10:19


This is a conference for movements interested in how to get funding. And for funders interested in how to best support movements.

Might be of interest.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) January 10th, 2020 14:11

Community Business Manager post at Plunkett. Deadline extended to 16th January. Possibility of remote working.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) December 10th, 2019 10:57

Platform 6 Development Co-operative have started a Co-op Support Network Facebook Group. A place where anyone can ask for advice and support from other co-operatives and co-operators. Please join the group.

Cath M in Leeds (Footprint/Radical Routes/Cornerstone Housing/CBC)

There's a west yorks new economy meet up each month now, in Bradford



Emma December 5th, 2019 09:12

Hi all - just an FYI that we're advertising for our circle community organiser and have a big preference for co-opy people with lots of group facilitation experience! A social care background isn't essential either. If you know of anyone or want to apply yourself all details are on the website with first interview date set for the 16th December. It would be amaaaaaazing if we could recruit by Christmas!

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) November 22nd, 2019 13:14

Sporting Assets are advertising for a Senior Consultant Job description here.


Andre September 24th, 2019 12:18

Hi All, sorry to post this here, but couldn't find a thread for coops looking for funding. This is Repowering's latest solar project installing solar panels in Lambeth (London): https://platform.repowering.org.uk/Crowdfunding/LCS.aspx - please share, tweet and invest.

This will also use the crowdfunding module of the platform we built - https://www.coenergy.app to enable communities to do their own digital community share offers without paying the typical crowdfunding platform fees and also keep those members engaged over the lifetime of the coop.

Austen Cordasco

Austen Cordasco September 18th, 2019 15:50

This is Platform 6's status update report to a meeting of the Co-operative Development Forum last week.


Graham August 20th, 2019 14:12

Sharenergy, the specialist energy coop support and dev organisation, is kicking off a great new project they are calling the Big Solar Co-op, and they are recruiting for a project officer to make it happen. Looks like a great opportunity. More details at https://www.sharenergy.coop/2019/08/09/join-sharenergy-and/

Nenad Maljković

Nenad Maljković August 16th, 2019 11:07

Thanks Mark :thumbsup:

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) August 16th, 2019 09:53

Hi Nenad. That's because you are a member of this thread but not the whole group. I'll resend your invitation to the Group.

Nenad Maljković

Nenad Maljković August 16th, 2019 09:35

I just tried to start a new thread but for some reason it did not work for me, @marksimmonds . Does my membership in this team space allow me to start new threads? I was able to do all the steps but got stuck at "start" button - it did not work.

John Merritt

John Merritt August 13th, 2019 09:53

Hi Mark,
I did short research project on Social and Solidarity enterprises in North Rheine Westhpalia and had some helpful visits to people who might be useful. Here are the links;

1) Innova
In innova eG, a team of specialists works together on cooperative issues. Innova offers seminars and consultancy. The members of the team are practitioners from cooperatives and / or academics involved in relevant research projects
We Spoke to Hans-Gerd Nottenbohm, Huckarder Str.12, 44147 Dortmund, Tel. 0231-162041
hans-gerd.nottenbohm@innova-eg.de He was really helpful, knows Vivian (Woodell) and a stong advocate of worker coops
2) Klaus Novy Institute


The koeln Institut iPEK is a roof of freelancers working on Cooperative solutions. We are involved as consultants, project developers, evaluators and authors in various subject areas - individually or as a proven team.
The koeln Institut iPEK focuses its research in several areas.
Work and social
Participation in employment still determines social status and social integration. In the face of increasing job insecurity, exclusion and precarious employment, individuals and institutions in the flexible labour society are confronted with the need to seek new solutions. The research work of the koelnInstitut iPEK aims to support this process and to contribute knowledge that promotes social integration. Activities of the institute are: Evaluation of labor market policy programs, analyzes of the development of vocational, educational and employment system, initiation of social model projects, support in the management of social services.

Integration and migration
The integration of social groups and ethnic groups is a permanent task that has gained attention in recent years. Integration is a cross-cutting issue, the practical relevance of which can generally be found in access to the labor market, in education, in housing and in questions of social participation. Reviewing the thesis of diversity as a strength and enrichment of a society in practical projects is a central concern of the koelnInstitut iPEK.
[more ...]

Living and quarters
Cities and residential areas are changing in the wake of demographic and cultural change. Central topics in this context are the changes and meaningful transformation of residential areas to an aging multi-ethnic society, the adaptation of the infrastructure to meet the needs of life and the development and design of future-oriented living arrangements for all generations and cultures. In this sense, the koelnInstitut iPEK sees its tasks as setting the course for sustainable infrastructure, urban and district development. Social urban (partial) development and the participation of different target groups, especially in relation to the neighborhood, are just as much a part of our work as the promotion of generational and gender equality and the strengthening of neighborhoods.
The department email is

Also, SMART based in Belgium would be good to talk to.
They have been talking to Community (the Union) in UK about Platform Coops for Zero hours type workers and have contacts in 8 European Countries the last time I spoke to them.

Hope this helps



Vica August 13th, 2019 08:40

Hi Andre, would love to join the call too if that's possible. I work at Co-operatives UK and my role is to help develop the platform co-operative sector.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) August 12th, 2019 18:35

Can anyone signpost me to resources on starting a co-op (particularly worker co-op) in Germany? This is for couriers in Berlin looking at the option after the withdrawal of Deliveroo from the whole country.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) August 6th, 2019 17:28

This looks like a really interesting idea. I suspect that many here won't have come across the Local Entrepreneur Forum. It might be worth expanding on this and pulling out what you are asking for from the document into the thread.

Nenad Maljković

Nenad Maljković August 6th, 2019 09:03

In REconomy practitioners virtual community of practice we are getting ready to do Trans-Local Entrepreneur Forum as a synchronous distributed blended event.

I wonder would anybody here be interested to join us with their local team? Details are shared in attached document. Cc @marksimmonds


Andre August 5th, 2019 00:52

Hi @leosammallahti excellent timing I am already due to have a call with @stevegill in early Sep, still waiting on confirmation on the exact date, but would be great to speak to you both, would love to collaborate.

Leo Sammallahti

Leo Sammallahti August 4th, 2019 19:40

Hi Andre, I am involved with Coop Exchange that is doing something similar. I'm gonna be joining the call!


Andre August 4th, 2019 16:43

Hi @graham2 I am wide open that week. My email is andre@coenergy.app just send me a calendar invite for a time that suits you. Have a great break and I look forward to our chat.


Graham August 4th, 2019 15:56

Hi @Andre , and welcome to the Platform 6 community. Your app looks really interesting. I'd love to talk about this with you and take the tour. However I'm just about to go on holiday for a week or so. Can we set something up for end of week commencing Aug 19?


Andre August 3rd, 2019 12:43

Hi All, I have built software to manage investments in coops, originally designed it to manage the members in our energy coops CoEnergy
But I have now adapted it so that any coop can benefit from this (not just energy ones).


  • Crowdfunding (easily connect to your preferred payment gateway)
  • Share/Bond Registry
  • Digital Voting (AGMs)
  • Payment Interest
  • Social Impact
  • Access all Coop documents

I am interested in platform coops and how to help coops raise capital (crowdfund) in a cheaper, more secure and engaging way.
I would welcome feedback on it, but also looking to connect with others that might want to leverage this in some way. It sounds like this could be a valuable tool for platform 6 but I only just came across your work. If any of this is of interest let me know and let's chat.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

I've applied - watch this space

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

I'm currently using Loomio 2.0 in beta form to write this post and use Loomio. If you want to give it a try visit https://www.loomio.org/g/QOeoycxP?use_vue=1

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Text of an email I received today; I'm certainly interested:

Msg begins

I kindly invite you to review and/or to forward to others within your network, this exciting opportunity to deliver workshops and masterclasses in Year 1 of BA (Hons) Innovation and Skills for Social Change, at Leeds Beckett University (Ref. ISSC-Y1 2019/20).

Please follow the link here to the information pack and details of the short process to apply to deliver sessions on the degree programme: https://bit.ly/ApplyISSCY1Delivery. The closing date for applications to deliver in Year 1, is 31st July 2019, but we encourage early applications as we will review them as they arrive and may finalise some sessions sooner.

If you have any questions, please send them to info@doingsocial.org. We will respond to questions weekly (from 19 June to 24 July) on our Updates page: http://bit.ly/2I8sXHe

Please do forward this email to other friends and colleagues who you think might be interested in delivering a workshop or masterclass on this degree programme.

Thank you.

Best wishes,

Harsha Patel MBA
Doing Social
Leeds | London

Msg ends

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Josh Davis of geo.coop is hostin a Zomm meeting on Weds:

"SAVE THE DATE for Co-op Shop Talk: an open forum for cooperators to meet, converse and share information!

Wednesday June 12th, 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific on Zoom.

Zoom MeetingID: 311-082-102

This first in a series of Co-op Shop Talk sessions will focus on P2P #WorkerCoop mutual aid and training models as an alternative to non-profit led co-op development.

Please drop in and join us for what is sure to be a stimulating conversation!"

I make that 6pm BST

John Merritt

John Merritt June 4th, 2019 15:36

Hi Graham,
Yes please. J


Emma June 4th, 2019 14:25

Hi all

I've been away from this forum for a while, focusing on getting Equal Care Co-op (equalcare.coop) ready for our Pioneer Community Share Offer. To my knowledge (correct me if I'm wrong - I'm sure there have been others!) we're the first platform co-op to try the community shares route for raising seed stage investment. So it's all quite scary.

There's a launch event on June 12th at 7pm in Hebden Bridge, which all Platform 6 people are very welcome to attend (just message me if you would like to come). We'll also be doing part of it over Zoom from 7.45pm.

Any sharing of this offer amongst your networks would be sooooooo amazing. I have attached the offer leaflet and I can also share the full offer doc in advance of release on the 12th.

Thank you! And btw we intend to be much more active with P6 once this overwhelming piece of the project is behind us (and we can finally be fully focussed on the actual work!)

Gareth Nash

Gareth Nash June 3rd, 2019 14:23

Yes, do so

Tim Coomer

Tim Coomer June 3rd, 2019 14:11



Graham June 3rd, 2019 13:47

I can send you a bundle of Platform 6 postcards Gareth (unless you already some?). Thanks for the offer.


Graham June 3rd, 2019 13:45

I know Bob Thorp and a couple of the other folks involved with the Fairmondo UK project, helped out with some early iterations of website etc., and participated in a couple of calls with Felix Weth, the co-founder of Fairmondo in Germany. I'm not sure of the current state of play with the project, but happy to put you in touch John if that's helpful. I'm not aware of any current Platform 6 activity on this front, but if you are interested in pushing something forward...

Gareth Nash

Gareth Nash June 3rd, 2019 13:40

Happy to

Tim Coomer

Tim Coomer June 3rd, 2019 13:27

Hi Gareth - we were hoping to attend but can't this year so if you could put a few of our cards on your table that would be great. If you're happy I will send a small batch. Tim

Chris Croome (Webarchitects Co-operative)

Hi @garethnash I'm not sure if you are aware that posts in this thread are public to the world (no Loomio login needed), you might not have intended to post this address on a public forum? If this isn't an issue don't worry about it, if it is perhap edit / delete your comment. All the best Chris

Gareth Nash

Gareth Nash June 3rd, 2019 11:03

CMS is taking a stall at the Co-op Party Local Gov Conference in Newcastle this w/e coming. If someone with leaflets/cards wants to send me some I can distribute: 7, Cecil Street, Lytham, Lancs, FY8 5NN

John Merritt

John Merritt May 31st, 2019 10:02

Is it a P6 conversation with Fairmondo? who might pick it up? Or are we thinking individual coops?

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Yes similar to Fairmondo UK being developed by Worth Co-operating. Worth talking to them (pun intended).

Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture)

Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) May 29th, 2019 15:58

Is this similar to what Fairmondo are creating? If so maybe worth people joining in to make that a functioning alternative.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Co-operatives UK have a draft response to SITR review available for comment. Please respond by 17th June 2019. Lots of interesting policy asks around restricted trades, extension of relief to institutional investors, extension to co-op societies etc.


Gareth May 20th, 2019 10:06

Done. It's similar to the Aviva UK platform.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

CoopCycle are looking for support for their Courier Co-op Platform. They can win 65,000 EUR. You can vote here (needs a rudimentary knowledge of French, but not to difficult to navigate). Please take a look and give them your votes. https://lafabriqueaviva.fr/fr/project/3299/show


Gareth May 16th, 2019 13:23

If anyone is in or close to Bristol at the weekend, Bristol Wood Recycling Project are having a 15th birthday celebration at their William Street site.

Tim Coomer

Tim Coomer May 16th, 2019 11:13

Hi Co-op & Community Finance (ICOF Group) are holding their AGM in Bristol this year alongside a networking event and lunch. Numbers are limited but check this out https://coopfinance.coop/2019/05/16/booking-now-youre-invited-to-our-agm-and-networking-lunch be good to see a range of co-ops there especially if you are a member. If you have ever borrowed from us its likely you are!

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

OPEN 2019.

OPEN 2019: Decentralised Collaboration
This year, OPEN 2019 will be a smaller gathering and a mixture of online webinars, Q&As and opportunities for collaboration, as well as some offline, London based presentations, discussions and "beer to beer learning" opportunities :)

The Open conferences the last two years have been the most inspiring co-op development events I've been to.

Cath M in Leeds (Footprint/Radical Routes/Cornerstone Housing/CBC)

Co-operation Jackson UK Tour dates & links:


Graham May 16th, 2019 07:44

Indeed. I'm planning to go.

Gareth Nash

Gareth Nash May 16th, 2019 07:22

Have booked. Not sure whether it will be useful but there is a general feeling that we (CMS and CDBs) should be getting involved in this agenda. Reflects the conversation re CLES

Pete Burden

Pete Burden May 15th, 2019 21:03

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Cooperation Jackson are touring the UK.

Co-operation Jackson is developing independent, black-led community economic power in Jackson, Mississippi, through developing linked worker co-operatives, food production, housing co-operatives and co-operative training & support organisations. Learn from their tactics and experiences since starting in 2014.

I've listed the events I can find below:
Sunday 19th May, Brixton
Friday 24th May, Brighton
Saturday 25th May, Birmingham
Monday May 27th, Manchester
Tuesday May 28th, Leeds

Stir to Action also have a two day workshop Cooperation Jackson: Building Economic Democracy from 21st to 23rd May in Dorset.


Graham May 14th, 2019 13:28

Just saw this event. It seems to be focussing on collaboration, but there aren't any speakers that are known to me from the cooperative sector. Maybe if anyone here is in London they could go along and fly the flag?

Simon Borkin

Simon Borkin May 8th, 2019 11:21

Hi, I'm new here! I work at Co-ops UK on all things co-op development (especially comshares) and we have a new vacancy to lead on our standards work linked to community shares which I wanted to share here just in case anyone is keen /can share with others who might be: https://www.uk.coop/about/about-co-operatives-uk/careers


John Merritt

John Merritt May 7th, 2019 10:40

Hi Graham,
Apologies for being away from Loomio for a few days. My understanding of the proposals I heard, and the view I support, is that the Business Event is one that mirrors that of the NBCA https://ncbaclusa.coop events. They have an annual trade fair alongside information and education sessions. Congress is perhaps where it could happen, but my experience in the UK is that htey have have very little 'business' focus - ie not many Coops selling things. The on-line market place idea I am thinking could be described as a Cooperative Amazon type platform. Of course, the large coops do on line sales, but the Group is too dominant. There should be hundreds, if not thousands of coops whose presence is facilitated.


Graham May 2nd, 2019 16:14

What products/services would a cooperative online marketplace offer? To whom? I ask these questions so that I can understand what the vision is.


Graham May 2nd, 2019 16:12

What would a cooperative business conference look like? How would it differ from what's already available? Who would go to it?

John Merritt

John Merritt May 2nd, 2019 15:35

I was asked by a colleague if there was anyone interested in helping set up a 'Cooperative Businesses Conference' maybe at Olympia or similar and whether I new anyone with an interest in setting up a Cooperative on-line market place (Platform). Is there any appetite here?

John Merritt

John Merritt May 2nd, 2019 15:31

I am booked to go.
I agree it would be good to start events listings. The South seems to me poorly served by Coop, Solidarity and bottom up driven events, even with London being only a couple of hours away (though it still costs at least £50+ to get there from Bournemouth). Maybe increased visibility of activity would help.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

No. But it looks really interesting. I think that if we start to produce a regular newsletter, then we should have an events listing.


Graham April 30th, 2019 13:15

Anyone in London tomorrow (May 1) might be interested in this free event where I, and likely Nic Wistreich as well, will be talking about the potential for cooperative models in the open source world. Would love to see you there: https://www.meetup.com/London-CoTech-Meetup/events/260565717/


Graham April 12th, 2019 15:45

Tweeted it

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) April 10th, 2019 15:47

Free training on legal structures for co-ops, delivered by me, courtesy of Co-op College at the Rochdale Pioneers museum on 24th April. More details here Please circulate to anyone you think may be interested.


Pat Conaty April 10th, 2019 10:52

Mark - I have not been able to put in time like last year with Cntrl Shift. At Ways Forward last Friday I floated the idea with Jo Bird about perhaps in 2021 thinking about running Ways Forward and Cntrl Shift in some form of partnership at the same venue but overlapping - so perhaps a bit like the Co-op Congress and CECOP overlapping Congresses in Manchester in late June the year. Under this suggestion each group could test this out experimentally next year while keeping each focus in its integrity but see if this collaboration might lead to creative solidarity. I also later mentioned this to Andy Goldring and like Jo he thought this an attractive idea.


Pat Conaty April 10th, 2019 09:45

Good news Mark and Graham to hear of this interest in the Open Credit Network start up. The work thus far by Open Co-operators Oli, Dil and Dave has been great as the co-leads. I have been lending a hand. I went to the launch yesterday in Birmingham of Credex - the first of the mutual credit projects. A very good event to get things going. They are strategically focused on the West Midlands and have a full time team member in the start up who worked both on Sardex and Liberex (in Emilia Romagna). The benefits of this first hand expertise were readily apparent at the launch yesterday.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) April 10th, 2019 08:36

We are now partners in the upcoming Ctrl Shift Emergency Summit for Change. Several of us attended the first summit in Wigan last year - it was excellent and is looking to grow into an excellent parliament/community around positive change in the face of the various looming crises.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) April 10th, 2019 08:02

Platform 6 has expressed interest in joining the Open Credit Network - watch this space. Recent Co-op News Article

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Co-operatives UK are calling for input into and EOI's for those who want to be part of an on-line working group re an as yet un-time-tabled review of Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR). More details here.
Suggested changes as a starter:
* making investments to fund community ownership and leasing of assets eligible for relief
* making investments to fund genuinely community-owned and controlled renewable energy schemes eligible for relief
* making investments to fund agricultural social enterprise eligible for relief (especially community agriculture)
* improving the helpfulness of the Advance Assurance service for community businesses
* making co-operative societies and co-operative companies with rules/articles for non-distributable assets and a social purpose eligible for the relief


Graham April 3rd, 2019 09:59

A new jobs board for posting and finding jobs in worker co-ops: https://www.democraticjobs.coop

Designed and built by Glowbox Design, a worker co-op and member of CoTech.

Gareth Nash

Gareth Nash March 25th, 2019 21:05

'We' did some writing but it was never completed. Still relevant..... I can dig it out. Does it belong to Dev Co-op? although 'we' could rewrite and put different case studies in.....

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) March 25th, 2019 18:58

Interesting free webinar from Open Co-op on Weds 3rd April - Catalysing collaboration at scale

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) March 25th, 2019 16:31

Did anything ever come out of the proposal to create a guide for Co-op Councils? I think it was a Development Co-op initiative. @garethnash ?

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) March 14th, 2019 13:38

The Platform 6 crowdsourced collection of Useful Co-operative Development Resources is a bit light on housing co-op and co-housing resources. Anyone fancy adding some?

Cath M in Leeds (Footprint/Radical Routes/Cornerstone Housing/CBC)

Hi Platform 6 community - i've just started a poll for the members about funding the Ways Forward conference. What an ideal time to join P6 as a full member - then you too can help contribute to the funding pot and help choose what our collective funds get spent on. https://platform6.coop/membership

Cath M in Leeds (Footprint/Radical Routes/Cornerstone Housing/CBC)

Book now! Ways Forward 7: Co-operatives for the Many. 5th April, Manchester
Municipalism, Co-ops Unleashed, Federating, Co-ops as tools of Liberation, Sociocracy, Why co-ops go wrong, New Financing for Co-op Development, Greater Manchester Co-op Commission & more. Prices until 16th March: £45/individuals, £60 organisation reps

NB 1: Co-op College & UKSCS are holding 'Unlocking Co-ops' at Angel Square on Thursday 4th (£24), so you can have two days of co-op geek out for just one lot of travel:
NB 2: We're hosting a Thursday night social - food and structured getting-to-know-each-other, at The Eighth Day Cafe, 6.30pm for £10. All welcome, not just conference-goers, book here: https://waysforward.coop/pre-conference-social-the-eighth-day/

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) February 25th, 2019 07:22

NESTA and Co-operatives UK have just launched a new report Platform co-operatives - solving the capital conundrum that proposes using the community shares model for Platform Co-operatives. Well worth a read.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) February 23rd, 2019 10:11

Co-op Group is looking for co-ordinators to manage, develop and support teams of Member Pioneers.

"A Member Pioneer Co-ordinator is a part-time role where you’ll organise a team of existing Member Pioneers, connect communities, co-operate and make a difference to community wellbeing. "

More info here

Jo White

Jo White February 20th, 2019 15:36

Hi all
Co-operative and Mutual Solutions and Co-operative Futures are helping Co-op News Board, Members and Staff to undertake a strategic review. The ‘News’ is seeking to widen its appeal and we have been researching how people in co-operatives find out information and news about their sector and the wider co-operative movement. Would you mind sparing us 5 minutes to fill in a quick survey? It won't take long https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S9NHVWT
Thanks in advance

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) January 22nd, 2019 09:16

UKSCS and Co-op College conference in Manchester on 4th April - day before Ways Forward 7. Unlocking co-ops: revealing the hidden potential

Simon Carter

Simon Carter January 19th, 2019 20:12

It's a platform coop Emma, intended to promote local shopping, encouraged by local shops supporting local community projects, chosen by said shoppers. Got as far as a landing page www.just.coop/home.php but as mentioned finally gave up on my developer very recently after wasting six months.

Plan B, had a very positive meeting with www.web.coop on Friday. Promised a price & a time frame by next Wednesday. A flat wage structure means I'll be open to talk to anyone anywhere interested in replicating Just Cooperate in their area. Meanwhile a pilot scheme is my plan in Gloucester.

My personal perspective is the moment anyone expects to make any more money from a worker coop than anyone else involved, & believes they are worth it, is the moment that coop becomes just another capitalist venture with a veneer of 'purpose washing' & cannot truly break that hegemony. By reinvesting all surplus after a living wage back into the community means that the only way members of the worker coop can think in terms of improving their wealth is by improving the commonwealth, by investing in commons as explained by Pat Conaty.

The hope is that this philosophy as it becomes apparent will provide, ironically enough, a huge commercial advantage. The goal is to hollow out capitalism by going head to head with it, but without the underlying question of how much personal profit can we extract, be that in the form of inflated wages, dividends, or worker bonuses.


Emma January 18th, 2019 14:38

I'm curious, what are you building?

Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture)

Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) January 17th, 2019 20:07

I shall be attending

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) January 15th, 2019 09:13

Note: If you want to respond to this, please can you fork the thread.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) January 15th, 2019 09:12

Co-operatives UK has published their submission to the Co-op Party Call for Evidence Their take on the national CDA is particularly interesting.

Fabian Tompsett

Fabian Tompsett January 14th, 2019 15:44

I shall be attending.

Simon Carter

Simon Carter January 14th, 2019 14:47

Care to elaborate on what you are thinking when you write 'collaborating'. My concept is intended to replicate nationally. My ambitions for it are substantial whilst my personal ambitions are small. Building it's 'joint venture' (cooperative) potential is what it's all about. Sadly I have been set back of late when I finally gave up on my web developer. Researching my options now. Any recommendations greatly received.


Graham January 14th, 2019 14:02

From what I've read they are launching some sort of funding programme. Whilst Platform 6 is not specifically about developing platform cooperatives, it is itself a platform cooperative as well as having a strong interest in developing/supporting/collaborating with new and established platform cooperatives, and as such is very interested in the potential to work with NESTA, both as a potential bidder into any funding pot and as a potential partner in delivery of advice/support/networking/etc.

Leo Sammallahti

Leo Sammallahti January 14th, 2019 13:48

I'll be attending. Any other platform6 people that will be there? Is there something you would like me to bring up there or ask?

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) January 11th, 2019 14:52

NESTA PLatform Co-op event, evening of Feb 19th 2019, London https://platformscoopsinpractise1.splashthat.com/

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) January 8th, 2019 17:06

If you want to get a basic intro to using Loomio, then I recommend their 101 webinar: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/loomio-101-webinar-registration-53323441850

adrian ashton

adrian ashton January 4th, 2019 15:02

Greater Manchester are forming a 'co-operative commission', and taking nominations for people to sit on it to represent co-ops - any volunteers? (but deadline of 10th Jan!!)


Graham January 4th, 2019 14:11

This talk by Doug Rushkoff (read his 'Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus' if you've not yet done so) for me speaks about what we're aiming for with Platform 6: https://www.ted.com/talks/douglas_rushkoff_how_to_be_team_human_in_the_digital_future

Alex Bird

Alex Bird December 20th, 2018 09:48

The UKSCS and Co-op College have just announced a Research Day at Angel Square on April 4th, so going for the 5th April would make an attractive 2 days for anyone coming from a distance away

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) December 10th, 2018 17:30

There will be an on-line members' meeting of the co-op on 21st December, so if you're considering joining as a paid-up member, please do so before then and get hands on in setting the direction of the co-op.

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) December 4th, 2018 10:12

You can find the REconomy community of practice group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/REconomyCoP/

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) December 4th, 2018 10:10

On-line platform co-op event re social care co-ops, featuring Equal Care Co-op that Co-op Culture is currently working with through Bright Ideas programme https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peoples-open-forum-equal-care-co-op-tickets-51901944112

Mark Simmonds  (Co-op Culture & Platform 6)

Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) December 4th, 2018 10:03

Interesting new feature for FB Groups. Facilitating mentor/mentee realtionships. Info courtesy of the REconomy project's FB presence - great resource https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/08/people-can-now-find-mentors-and-mentees-in-groups/

bob cannell

bob cannell December 4th, 2018 08:39

thanks I think Ive done it.