Difference between revisions of "CoTech Constitution"

From CoTech
Jump to: navigation, search
(Changes based on collaborative work at WH by the "decisions" group)
Line 1: Line 1:
Co-operative Technologists (aka CoTech) is a network of worker co-operatives that sell tech/digital services.The network was founded at [[Main Page#Wortley Hall 2016|an event on 14th November 2016]] at Wortley Hall – the worker’s stately home – where many of us met for the very first time to share ideas, skills and plans for world domination.
 
  
 +
== CoTech Constitution ==
 +
 +
=== Who are we? ===
 +
Co-operative Technologists (aka CoTech) is a network of worker co-operatives that sell tech/digital services.The network was founded at an event on 14th November 2016 at Wortley Hall – the worker’s stately home – where many of us met for the very first time to share ideas, skills and plans for world domination.
 
Each member of the network is a company that is owned and democratically run by its workers (and, in some cases, customers). There are no private shareholders who take money out of the company and/or direct the company’s activities. While many of the member co-operatives do not have completely flat structures – many have boards, management committees, etc. – they are all democratic workplaces and the members have the opportunity to appoint people to roles or change the structure of their organisations.
 
Each member of the network is a company that is owned and democratically run by its workers (and, in some cases, customers). There are no private shareholders who take money out of the company and/or direct the company’s activities. While many of the member co-operatives do not have completely flat structures – many have boards, management committees, etc. – they are all democratic workplaces and the members have the opportunity to appoint people to roles or change the structure of their organisations.
 +
 +
=== Who is eligible to join? ===
  
 
There is no fee to join CoTech, but, in order to be eligible, your co-operative must:
 
There is no fee to join CoTech, but, in order to be eligible, your co-operative must:
* agree with and practise the [https://ica.coop/en/whats-co-op/co-operative-identity-values-principles 7 Co-operative Principles],
+
* agree with and practise the 7 Co-operative Principles,
* be owned and democratically run by its members,
+
* be owned and democratically run by its workers,
 
* provide tech/digital services,
 
* provide tech/digital services,
 +
* Your membership is approved by the existing members of CoTech via a proposal on Loomio.
 +
 +
=== What are your obligations as a member? ===
 +
 +
As a member of CoTech, you are obliged to:
 
* be an active participant in the network and its activities,
 
* be an active participant in the network and its activities,
 
* finance at least one representative to attend the AGM (currently at Wortley Hall in November).
 
* finance at least one representative to attend the AGM (currently at Wortley Hall in November).
The network currently makes decisions using a consensus process on Loomio - an online decision making tool. The process for this is:
+
 
 +
=== How do we make decisions? ===
 +
 
 +
The network currently makes decisions using a consensus process on Loomio - an online decision making tool. The process for this is:
 
* a proposal is created on Loomio with a deadline of at least one week,
 
* a proposal is created on Loomio with a deadline of at least one week,
 
* votes are cast on a one coop, one vote basis,
 
* votes are cast on a one coop, one vote basis,
* the proposal passes if there are no 'disagree' or 'block' votes.
+
* the proposal passes if there are no 'disagree' or 'block' votes.
 +
 
 +
=== What constitutes a member decision? ===
 +
 
 
This process is used for member decisions, which are those that have a material impact on CoTech or its members, including:
 
This process is used for member decisions, which are those that have a material impact on CoTech or its members, including:
* new members,
+
* approving new members,
* a change to the constitution or manifesto,
+
* changing the constitution or manifesto,
* criteria for membership,
+
* changes to the criteria for membership,
 +
 
 
Members are encouraged to use this process if they feel it's important to get input or buy-in from the network before proceeding with a certain CoTech activity.
 
Members are encouraged to use this process if they feel it's important to get input or buy-in from the network before proceeding with a certain CoTech activity.
  
<nowiki>-----------------------------------------------------</nowiki>
 
 
To be added:
 
* clarification about use/purpose of the  wiki, community forum, and mailing list
 
  
 
[[Category:Wortley Hall 2017]]
 
[[Category:Wortley Hall 2017]]

Revision as of 17:09, 28 November 2017

CoTech Constitution

Who are we?

Co-operative Technologists (aka CoTech) is a network of worker co-operatives that sell tech/digital services.The network was founded at an event on 14th November 2016 at Wortley Hall – the worker’s stately home – where many of us met for the very first time to share ideas, skills and plans for world domination. Each member of the network is a company that is owned and democratically run by its workers (and, in some cases, customers). There are no private shareholders who take money out of the company and/or direct the company’s activities. While many of the member co-operatives do not have completely flat structures – many have boards, management committees, etc. – they are all democratic workplaces and the members have the opportunity to appoint people to roles or change the structure of their organisations.

Who is eligible to join?

There is no fee to join CoTech, but, in order to be eligible, your co-operative must:

  • agree with and practise the 7 Co-operative Principles,
  • be owned and democratically run by its workers,
  • provide tech/digital services,
  • Your membership is approved by the existing members of CoTech via a proposal on Loomio.

What are your obligations as a member?

As a member of CoTech, you are obliged to:

  • be an active participant in the network and its activities,
  • finance at least one representative to attend the AGM (currently at Wortley Hall in November).

How do we make decisions?

The network currently makes decisions using a consensus process on Loomio - an online decision making tool. The process for this is:

  • a proposal is created on Loomio with a deadline of at least one week,
  • votes are cast on a one coop, one vote basis,
  • the proposal passes if there are no 'disagree' or 'block' votes.

What constitutes a member decision?

This process is used for member decisions, which are those that have a material impact on CoTech or its members, including:

  • approving new members,
  • changing the constitution or manifesto,
  • changes to the criteria for membership,

Members are encouraged to use this process if they feel it's important to get input or buy-in from the network before proceeding with a certain CoTech activity.