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== Plan ==
 
== Plan ==
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Rough Notes
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From Shaun Fensom:
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"Would be good if you could cover the spectrum of how the coop model works well with tech. Suggest three pillars:
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Worker coops in areas like digital design and software - work brilliantly in an industry where collaboration and flat structures are accepted, where all workers can have creative input.
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User coops and user/producer coops - a better form of intermediation than platform capitalism - hardwired to disrupt the disruptors.
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Business and consortium coops - already fundamental to the structure of the Internet in Internet exchanges and the potential answer to the false choice between digital infrastructure monopoly and infrastructure competition."
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Beginners guide to tech: possible points:
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* tech as a disruptive force
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* the rise of AI and automation
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* it's not going away. It's only going to accelerate.
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* tech is also a hugely empowering force for positive change.
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* the skills gap. the importance of developing a generation of people that are not just consumers of tech. Web 2.0 enabled the interactive web, and gave rise to The likes of YouTube and Facebook - now hugely powerful platforms where the consumer is also the product being sold. We need to give our children the skills to thrive in the digital landscape - to speak the languages of the digital space. They need fluency in Python, JavaScript, C# and whatever is coming down the road. Gove's single contribution was to bring in the much needed change in teaching IT, but the necessary investment has not followed behind. The quality of teaching and the resources simply aren't there. There are some great volunteer led projects like CoderDojo and Govt should be pouring resource into these as well to radically accelerate and broaden the skill base. Recent TechNorth report made clear the difficulty in recruiting skilled people, despite a near 50% higher earning potential for people with the right skill set. Importantly it's not just the hard tech skills that aren't there, it's also the social skills, the soft stuff that is missing.
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Cooperatives and cooperative networks have a huge role to play. The internet is an inherently cooperative space. It is built on cooperation between networks, to move each other's traffic at no cost via peering agreements. The major internet connection points like LINX - the London Internet Exchange - are Mutuals. As the UKs digital infrastructure is going through a new shift - away from the Monopoly of BT/Openreach and towards a patchwork of providers - there is huge scope to develop hundreds of new digital exchanges, neutral cooperative connection points that ensure open access to that infrastructure.
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The rise of the so-called sharing economy - massively successful platforms like Airbnb Facebook uber gave rise a few years ago to a backlash. These platforms are not in the sharing economy at all, they are examples of what Michel Bauwens calls net archival extractive hyper capitalism : uber is the worlds biggest taxi firm and owns no ca s, Facebook a global publisher that creates no content, Airbnb a massive accommodation business that owns no property for rent. Clearly the opportunity for cooperatives in these markets is significant - rather than concentrating power in Silicon Valley and the venture capitalists that bet on these platforms, we can have multi-stakeholder cooperative platforms where the rewards are equitably shared. Great idea, but some years down the road we aren't seeing much in terms of real platform cooperatives, and what there are tend to be small, localised and fairly fragile.
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The need for mechanisms to get serious capital into cooperatives remains a major challenge. Until that is addressed we are not going to be able play in that space at any scale.
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Revision as of 10:06, 11 February 2018

Chris from Webarchitects Co-op and Graham from mc3 co-op will be running a workshop titled Beginners guide to tech and platform co-ops at 9:45am the Ways Forward 6 conference which is to be held on Friday 16th February 2018 at Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ. See the thread on the CoTech discussion forum.

Plan

Rough Notes

From Shaun Fensom: "Would be good if you could cover the spectrum of how the coop model works well with tech. Suggest three pillars:

Worker coops in areas like digital design and software - work brilliantly in an industry where collaboration and flat structures are accepted, where all workers can have creative input.

User coops and user/producer coops - a better form of intermediation than platform capitalism - hardwired to disrupt the disruptors.

Business and consortium coops - already fundamental to the structure of the Internet in Internet exchanges and the potential answer to the false choice between digital infrastructure monopoly and infrastructure competition."

Beginners guide to tech: possible points:

  • tech as a disruptive force
  • the rise of AI and automation
  • it's not going away. It's only going to accelerate.
  • tech is also a hugely empowering force for positive change.
  • the skills gap. the importance of developing a generation of people that are not just consumers of tech. Web 2.0 enabled the interactive web, and gave rise to The likes of YouTube and Facebook - now hugely powerful platforms where the consumer is also the product being sold. We need to give our children the skills to thrive in the digital landscape - to speak the languages of the digital space. They need fluency in Python, JavaScript, C# and whatever is coming down the road. Gove's single contribution was to bring in the much needed change in teaching IT, but the necessary investment has not followed behind. The quality of teaching and the resources simply aren't there. There are some great volunteer led projects like CoderDojo and Govt should be pouring resource into these as well to radically accelerate and broaden the skill base. Recent TechNorth report made clear the difficulty in recruiting skilled people, despite a near 50% higher earning potential for people with the right skill set. Importantly it's not just the hard tech skills that aren't there, it's also the social skills, the soft stuff that is missing.

Cooperatives and cooperative networks have a huge role to play. The internet is an inherently cooperative space. It is built on cooperation between networks, to move each other's traffic at no cost via peering agreements. The major internet connection points like LINX - the London Internet Exchange - are Mutuals. As the UKs digital infrastructure is going through a new shift - away from the Monopoly of BT/Openreach and towards a patchwork of providers - there is huge scope to develop hundreds of new digital exchanges, neutral cooperative connection points that ensure open access to that infrastructure.

The rise of the so-called sharing economy - massively successful platforms like Airbnb Facebook uber gave rise a few years ago to a backlash. These platforms are not in the sharing economy at all, they are examples of what Michel Bauwens calls net archival extractive hyper capitalism : uber is the worlds biggest taxi firm and owns no ca s, Facebook a global publisher that creates no content, Airbnb a massive accommodation business that owns no property for rent. Clearly the opportunity for cooperatives in these markets is significant - rather than concentrating power in Silicon Valley and the venture capitalists that bet on these platforms, we can have multi-stakeholder cooperative platforms where the rewards are equitably shared. Great idea, but some years down the road we aren't seeing much in terms of real platform cooperatives, and what there are tend to be small, localised and fairly fragile.

The need for mechanisms to get serious capital into cooperatives remains a major challenge. Until that is addressed we are not going to be able play in that space at any scale.




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Presentation Brief

From Jo:

It'll be at 9:45am. Probably 20-30 people. Definitely no death by power point. Live demonstrations and photos would be great. Please talk about the political and solidarity implications of private sector platforms and coop alternatives. The Labour leadership keep talking about democratic ownership of platforms, which is very interesting. Please mention relevant online Co-operation such as .coop and talk about Co-Tech network of co-operators.

Half the workshop time should be for questions, comments and discussion.