Should Social.coop switch its Open Collective "host" to Platform6?
The way our finance platform Open Collective works, every "collective" (that's us) is part of a "host," which provides the legal and financial backend for the collectives that are part of it. We're currently hosted by OC's default host, the Open Collective Host, a US C corp. It charges a 5% fee, in addition to OC's 5% software fee.
We now have another option. Platform6 is a new UK-based co-op in our network that offers host services on Open Collective. This would enable Social.coop to become legally a cooperative, and to support the broader co-op movement more directly. Platform6 also apparently charges a smaller host fee: 2%.
Shall we explore transferring our host status? I would be happy to take the lead on this.
Poll Created Sat 20 Apr 2019 3:54AM
What do you think of this draft agreement with Platform 6? Closed Tue 23 Apr 2019 3:02AM
We still have yet to finalize this language. We'll continue working with P6 friends to find language we're all comfortable with.
I've drafted an agreement for our "host" relationships with Platform 6.
What do you think? Add comments here. (The "yes" or "no" is just to get you to participate in commenting. Not ready for a proposal yet.)
3 of 6 people have voted (50%)
Mon 22 Apr 2019 10:10AM
From the Platform 6 perspective, whilst we are very supportive of this initiative, it's fair to say that there is concern about the inclusion of the idea of P6 being a "legal host", and how that might be interpreted. We certainly can't and won't be held legally responsible for any action or inaction on the part of social.coop. We see this partnership as P6 acting as a 'fiscal host' to use OC language, and we'll be keen to work hard at making that mutually beneficial. And open to building on that
Poll Created Wed 29 Jan 2020 4:45PM
URGENT: Begin the process of moving to Platform6.coop as Social.coop's fiscal host Closed Sat 1 Feb 2020 4:02PM
We appear to be prepared to proceed on this if possible. @Graham, what remains to be determined on P6's end?
Open Collective has informed us our current OC-managed fiscal host is shutting down, so we need a new legal entity to host Social.coop. A UK cooperative with members among our membership, Platform6.coop, has [offered](https://www.loomio.org/d/U7uvGdqF/should-social-coop-switch-its-open-collective-host-to-platform6-/51) to host us. This would result in more closely aligning Social.coop with the cooperative movement and make us part of a legal co-op.
A [draft agreement](https://git.coop/social.coop/general/-/wikis/Partnership-with-Platform-6) has already been started. This proposal is to gain agreement among the Finance Working Group to direct our energy toward this process with Platform6. A final agreement with Platform6 should be passed both here and before the full membership before we proceed with the transition.
This shouldn't prevent continuing efforts to explore secondary options, such as hosting with Grassroots Economic Organizing, but the passage of this proposal signals that Platform6 is our first choice.
This proposal is marked URGENT because we are running out of time before OC shuts our legal host down. It will stand for 3 days rather than the usual 6.
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