Wed 14 Mar 2018

Public Noticeboard

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


Sophie Corporate Watch Mon 13 Dec 2021

Hi everyone! Sophie from Corporate Watch here. Apologies for any cross-posting.

We're hiring!

1. Trainee anti-capitalist researcher, to research & write about companies + the social & environmental impact of corporate power.

2. Freelance contributors to do similar work.

We're especially encouraging Black & POC applicants, but all will be carefully considered. Closing date 10th Jan. Many thanks!




We have a few places left on our Barefoot 3.0 training programme for members of existing co-operatives and community businesses beginning in January 2022. Short deadline for applications (end November)



Tim Coomer Tue 21 Sep 2021

We are recruiting for a new Lending & Relationship Manager to join our team here at Co-op & Community Finance; replacing Ian Rothwell as you may know who is retiring at the end of this year.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small and dynamic team, and be part of our award-winning organisation that has been supporting the co-operative and community business sector for almost 50 years and continues to influence and develop a unique market across the country.


All the information about the role is available on our website, engage with us on social media. Or do contact me directly if you need to know more.https://coopfinance.coop/2021/09/14/lending-and-relationship-manager-recruitment-opportunities-at-co-operative-community-finance/


In 2021 Co-op Culture trained 21 new co-operative development advisers. These "Barefoot Practitioners" are already delivering support to new and existing co-operatives and community businesses.

Now we're going to do it again.

Suitable for:

  • People involved in the management of their co-operative or community business

  • Existing development workers

  • Staff of infrastructure bodies

Find out more...


Tim Coomer Thu 25 Mar 2021

We are recruiting new trustees to create a more diverse board: We need you to help grow the co-op and community business sectors in 2021 and beyond.

What we do:

ICOF Ltd trading as Co-operative and Community Finance or CCF is the Lender for Social Purpose, lending to ethical businesses since 1973. We offer fair, supportive, and tailored loan finance to meet the needs of a range of co-operatives, social enterprises, and community businesses, across the UK, that are democratically owned controlled by their members. We also provide project and loan management support and consultancy across the social investment sector.

What skills and experience we are looking for:

Post Covid-19 and approaching our 50th Anniversary in 2023 we will be moving into an exciting new phase for the organisation and are looking for both experienced Trustees and individuals looking for their first role, to join us on our journey.

To help us improve the equality and diversity on our board we would very much like to hear from women and individuals of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic heritage.

We are looking for new Trustees that have skills and experience in a range of areas and sectors across the social economy. Individuals that could bring some expertise in either finance, governance or company/ society law would be of particular interest at this stage, to fill skills gaps on our existing board, but we will consider members* and anyone with a particular interest in Co-ops and Community Business and building a fairer future in local communities.

What is the commitment?

The board meets four times a year, held during the day, plus an AGM and we typically have a two-day business planning/ strategy day. Trustees that have specific roles such a Chairperson or Treasurer will have extra responsibilities and will also be required to attend occasional subcommittee meetings.   

This is an unpaid role but all reasonable travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. 

To find out more:

Please visit our website where you will find our Trustee Recruitment Pack containing more information about us and about the role.

We are happy to arrange informal one-to-one chats or have arranged two drop-in chats, via Zoom, where staff Tim or Alain will be available to chat through any questions or queries about the role.

Drop-in Chats:

Friday 26th March 2020 - 10:00am – 12:00pm

Tuesday 6th April 2020 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Please also connect with us on Twitter @coop_finance and Facebook @CoopCommFinance

To request a nomination/ application form please contact alain@coopfinance.coop directly. We will require you to complete a short application/ nomination form*, provide us with an up-to-date CV, and attend an online interview if shortlisted.  We are also happy to accept video applications addressing the same application questions, if that’s easier for you, but please be advised that videos will be shared widely with ICOF members, if you are successful at interview.  

Application deadline is 18th April 2021 (we will contact you asap to tell you if you have been selected for interview)

Short interviews will take place via Zoom on 26th April 2021

Thank-you so much for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.

* Members and Nominations

ICOF Ltd and its associated businesses have open membership and nomination enshrined in their legal make-up and any member can nominate themselves, or others, to be considered for board appointment at the AGM. This year, the board, in order to proactively address skills gaps and improve board diversity, are introducing a shortlisting and interview process and widening the search for new board members. Any existing member can of course still apply or nominate individuals, but we ask they do so through the process set out in the information above and in the Trustee Recruitment Pack available. Please contact us if you have any questions.  


Unfound update from Co-operatives UK

Co-operatives UK are excited to announce that we have re-launched the UnFound Accelerator, a 10-week business support programme for teams at the early stage of setting up their platform co-operative.

A Platform co-operative is a democratically owned and controlled business that uses an online platform or mobile app to trade, connect people and pool resources or data. It is built on co-operative principles and values which ensure the platform business:

  • Truly responds to the needs of its community

  • Embeds equity and social purpose from day one

  • Has a growth model that does not involve giving up control to external profit-driven investors.

A cohort of eight teams will accompany each other in the exciting journey of turning their pioneering ideas into concrete business solutions. They will be provided with guidance and support to set the foundations of their platform business through Co-operatives UK and Stir to Action’s extensive network of experts.

Teams that complete the UnFound Accelerator will get the chance to pitch their business idea to access funding and support at an event on 21 July 2021 (TBC), towards which the Co-operative Bank has contributed a £10,000 prize pot.

The deadline for applications is midnight 11 April 2021.

If you know any groups who might be interested in applying, please share the application guidance and encourage them to attend our webinar at noon on 1 April 2021 where we can provide additional information and answer any questions. (register here)


Short term (6 month) Consultancy opportunity with Co-operatives UK.

Cover of invitation to tender

"We need a suitably skilled individual to help us develop a new approach to ensuring our network of providers and internal systems are capable of meeting our members' current and emerging needs."

Individual consultant preferred but open to how this is structured and resourced i.e. delivery led and managed by a named individual, with support from others behind the scenes could be an option.

More information and tender documents


Ian Hewitt Thu 7 May 2020

Cath recommended that I post notice of this coming event hosted by New Lucas Plan on May 13. The plan is to buy an extended zoom license for the event after the 100 registration limit was breached in 2 days..

We also chatted about the possibility of having a New Lucas Plan workshop at Doing It Ourselves based on the 30 min film by Steve Sprung - be good to talk to Mark about this some time.

A New Lucas Plan for post-pandemic socially useful jobs?


An online event on how worker-led industrial conversion to deal with the coronavirus pandemic is a model for the future.

May 13 7pm- 8.30 pm online

Speakers include:

Phil Asquith - former Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine member.

Hilary Wainwright – founding editor Red Pepper, co-author, with Dave Elliott of 'The Lucas Plan: a new trade unionism in the making', fellow of the Transnational Institute'.

Representatives from Green Jobs Oshawa in Canada on their call to repurpose the former General Motors car plant to a public manufacturing facility


For more information contact dave@breakingtheframe.org.uk.


Graham Wed 29 Apr 2020

P6 Community members may be interested in the series of webinars being organised by the Open Co-op. Clearly there's no shortage of online events available currently, and some of us may already be struggling with webinar-fatigue, but these stand out for me as being highly relevant to what Platform 6 is all about. This Thursday April 30th there is one focussing on the Digital Life Collective. As well being a Platform 6 member and director, I'm also the current chair of the Digital Life Collective, so forgive the plug. The Digital Life Collective is a UK-registered co-operative society, with several hundred members from around the world. Its focus has been to bring together people with insight and knowledge about how we use and relate to technology, about how important it is that we can trust the technology that we do use (which is clearly a very troublesome area - see Zuboff's book on surveillance capitalism for more on that), and how we might bring about a situation where we can have agency and trust with respect to the tech we use.

As part of the work of the Collective, it has brought together some useful tools that help to enable rich conversations to flow within the membership. We've since opened those tools up for others to use, on a purely experimental and non-commercial basis, partly as a way to bring other groups and collectives into the space so that we can work on how we can enable communications not only within these groups, but between them.

Platform 6 has committed to join in with this , and move away from our current use of the proprietary Slack platform, which the directors use for internal comms, and use the Mattermost system that is a key part of the Collective's offering, which is known as "Co-operation as a Service" or CaaS. If that goes well we'll look at inviting our members and others into the space as well. We're also interested in being the focal point within the CaaS ecosystem for advice and support around co-operative development.

This cross-fertilisation of information and ecosystem-thinking is, I believe, critically important in the creation of wider co-operation at scale, breaking down the factions and repairing the fragmentation that typifies what we might call progressive culture , and exploring the massive untapped potential of what we might call the "adjacent possible".

Anyway, if you'd like to find out a bit more, the webinar is free, you can register for it here: https://open.coop/events/open-2020-webinar-digital-life-collective/, and it starts at 4pm tomorrow (Thursday 30th April).


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


Pete Burden Fri 14 Feb 2020


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.


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


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.


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



Emma Thu 5 Dec 2019

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!


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


Andre Pinho Tue 24 Sep 2019

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 Wed 18 Sep 2019

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


Graham Tue 20 Aug 2019

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/


John Merritt Tue 13 Aug 2019

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



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.


Nenad Maljković Fri 16 Aug 2019

Thanks Mark :thumbsup:


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 Fri 16 Aug 2019

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.


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 Tue 6 Aug 2019

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


Vica Tue 13 Aug 2019

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.


Andre Pinho Mon 5 Aug 2019

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 Sun 4 Aug 2019

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


Andre Pinho Sun 4 Aug 2019

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 Sun 4 Aug 2019

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 Pinho Sat 3 Aug 2019

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.


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


I've applied - watch this space


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


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


Emma Tue 4 Jun 2019

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!)


Tim Coomer Mon 3 Jun 2019



Gareth Nash Mon 3 Jun 2019

Happy to


Tim Coomer Mon 3 Jun 2019

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


Gareth Nash Mon 3 Jun 2019

Yes, do so


Graham Mon 3 Jun 2019

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


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 Mon 3 Jun 2019

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


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 Mon 20 May 2019

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


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 Thu 16 May 2019

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 Thu 16 May 2019

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!


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.


Co-operation Jackson UK Tour dates & links:


Graham Thu 16 May 2019

Indeed. I'm planning to go.


Gareth Nash Thu 16 May 2019

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 Wed 15 May 2019


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 Tue 14 May 2019

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 Wed 8 May 2019

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 Tue 4 Jun 2019

Hi Graham,
Yes please. J


Graham Mon 3 Jun 2019

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...


John Merritt Fri 31 May 2019

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


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


Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Wed 29 May 2019

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


John Merritt Tue 7 May 2019

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 Thu 2 May 2019

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 Thu 2 May 2019

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


John Merritt Thu 2 May 2019

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 Thu 2 May 2019

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.


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 Tue 30 Apr 2019

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 Fri 12 Apr 2019

Tweeted it


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 Wed 10 Apr 2019

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 Wed 10 Apr 2019

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.


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.


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


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 Wed 3 Apr 2019

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.


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


Gareth Nash Mon 25 Mar 2019

'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.....


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 ?


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?


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


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/


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.


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 Wed 20 Feb 2019

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


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


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


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 Mon 14 Jan 2019

I shall be attending.


Simon Carter Sat 19 Jan 2019

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 Fri 18 Jan 2019

I'm curious, what are you building?


Nathan Brown (Co-op Culture) Thu 17 Jan 2019

I shall be attending


Simon Carter Mon 14 Jan 2019

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 Mon 14 Jan 2019

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 Mon 14 Jan 2019

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?


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