Loomio
Wed 6 Dec 2017

Being a sponsor/partner at Congress on 23 June, London

JA John Atherton Public Seen by 67
  • I've posted here as it may need to become a vote?

Co-op Congress the national conference for the co-op movement is in London on Sat 23 June and is attended by around 400 people from CEO's and Chairs of the larger co-ops, down the the smaller community and worker co-ops.

I would like to theme part of the conference around tech/platform co-ops as there is a lot going on and I want to reach out to this new audience. Having one of the workshop rooms branded as "in partnership with Co-tech" and other visibility for your co-ops would be mutually beneficial I think particuarly considering some of the conversation I took part in at your recent conference.

I'm not looking for direct sponsorship cash, but it would be good in return for getting your brand/sponsorship of this room. Cotech members could commit to support the event by:
exhibiting, attending, marketing the event to your wider networks and most importantly helping us source some really good/innovative speakers and sessions for this workshop room.

Obviously I need to hammer out all the details but this is just an in principle are Co-tech interested and who should I talk to.

HR

Harry "Outlandish" Robbins Wed 6 Dec 2017

I think this sounds great. There is still a perception that co-ops are a bit second best even among many co-ops and it would be great to set the record straight. It's also madness that they're hiring non-co-operative businesses while other non-co-operative businesses are hiring us!

KWO

Kayleigh Walsh Outlandish Wed 6 Dec 2017

Sounds like a great idea, I presented about CoTech last year with @ievapadagaite at Congress and it went down well but I think there were a perception before we started that it was going to be too tech heavy. It would be great to go back with a bigger representation to show that there are lots of facets to it, and that we're doing good things.

RB

Roy Brooks Thu 7 Dec 2017

Ditto to All above

JA

Poll Created Tue 12 Dec 2017

Co-tech agree to "Sponsor" the tech stream at Congress Closed Fri 22 Dec 2017

Outcome
by John Atherton Tue 2 Jan 2018

Great I'll take this forward, first stage I'll talk to the comms working group about branding.

A more formal agreement can be written up if required, but in principle for the proposal:

Co-operatives UK brands the tech stream and workshop room at Congress "In partnership with Co-tech" and mentions this in the programme, website and event marketing (assuming you give us the text and logo's).

In return, Cotech members agree to:
- Help source innovative and relevant speakers from the tech sector and their own members (Co-ops UK get final say on inclusion in the programme)
- Market the event to their tech networks and put is a good attendance from their own members
- A decent number of Co-tech members exhibit.
(Normal Co-ops UK member discount apply for tickets and ehibitors)

Results

Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 100.0% 8 SWS G HR TD DS CLF ALP LA
Abstain 0.0% 0  
Disagree 0.0% 0  
Block 0.0% 0  
Undecided 0% 97 JA AHC FL ER MP SG AM RW M M KB MK CCC KB PB JT AW CL JC SF BW CB IP SBH DS MJS SF DU SB SG DU SC EO AV KWO JBA O AW JD THA TC RB OW LH DB SW ES MS RRD FLC AC CR JMF RP LL J KD LS INM N VN SP DU TD DU JTW AP OS BP TM JS BR EM GM MS N"A EB AC NS NS LMH JN SH PE AT A DU J DU CAD AC LD DU JLD CBF H S

8 of 105 people have voted (7%)

HR

Harry "Outlandish" Robbins
Agree
Tue 12 Dec 2017

Sounds like an offer we'd be daft to refuse

TD

Tim Davies
Agree
Tue 12 Dec 2017

Are there dates for Co-op Congress 2018 set yet?

G

Graham
Agree
Wed 13 Dec 2017

Agree, on the basis that I would be interested to help design the tech stream.

CLF

Chris Lowis (Go Free Range)
Agree
Fri 15 Dec 2017

This sounds good to us - thanks for the opportunity.

CLF

Chris Lowis (Go Free Range) Fri 15 Dec 2017

@johnatherton I don't have a good answer to your question "who should I talk to". I wonder if it's worth starting a more general, open discussion over on community.coops.tech if this proposal passes and see if someone is willing to volunteer from a CoTech member to be the person who takes the organisation of this on.