Wortley Hall 2017/co-op learning

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This is one of the pages on this wiki which came out of the Wortley Hall 2017
Co-operative Technologists Second Annual Gathering at Wortley Hall, 27-29 November 2017.

Network Coordinator Job Description

Hello! I have written a draft job description for a network coordinator role that I think has relevance to what your group is working on: CoTech_Network_Coordinator_Job_Description. Please review and comment! I will be proposing it as a project on fund.coops.tech (when that infrastructure exists). EdSaperia (talk) 11:24, 29 November 2017 (UTC)

First session, 10:30 am Tuesday 28 November

Co-operative Drivers: Output from the session

Initial ideas

  • working with schools
  • offering alternative to entrepreneurial business studies
  • infiltrating tech start-up sector
  • co-operative projects nurtured by exiting co-ops to give practical experience of co-op working
  • co-operatives UK working with The Small Axe on bringing co-operative working to people alienated from existing tech sector working environment
  • developing an understanding of co-op viability in broader co-op sector economy maybe using co-operative tokens

Discussion

  • Strive viability even if this is not possible initially
  • Using existing sources such as The Hive
  • Link up with Co-op College
  • Two aspects
  • Develop market for Co-Tech amongst generalist co-ops
  • Recruit specifically new tech co-ops to Co-Tech

Themes

  • Working with schools
Over 850 Co-op Schools in UK
  • Creating stories to advocate co-operative working
  • Simulations

Audiences

Schools, Co-operative schools
University students
“The fed up”
Young unemployed
The precariat -> Self-employed co-ops

Journeys and experiences

Gather CoTech stories and include side links to docs: articles of association, etc.

Strategy and Funding

  • Tech startups & co-op startups funding streams
  • CoTech paid engagement in learning programmes (as in Founders and Coders)
  • Learning programmes
  • Summer
  • Univeristy degree programmes

"How bullshit is your job" - quiz

bullshit-o-meter

## Intro

A mischievous questionnaire about waged labour delivered as a web app. While navigating through the quiz-app a user will be confronted with questions prompting them to reflect on their job and attitudes towards work. End with a nudge towards soul-searching (low score) or cooperation as a solution (high-score).

## Background

The project was originally conceived at Wortley Hall in November 2017 as a part of education team. People who contributed to the idea were Hannah from STRIKE!, Luke from Aptivate, Bryan from We Are Open, Jonathan from Webarchitects, and Michal and Szczepan from Animorph.

The initial idea evolved, along with the following list of questions, over several weeks after Wortley Hall. After another several months of trying to meet and start implementing the concept into a website (captured the domain: ‘bullshit.work’), Hannah and Szczepan realised they cannot make time to do it unless there is at least a minimal budget for it. So we set up a CoBudget bucket: https://fund.coops.tech/#/buckets/3

## List of Questions

### Warm Up Q’s:

**What is your job?**

[text field]

**How much do you love your job?**

\<3\<3\<3\<3\<3\0

[discrete scale]

**What thoughts carry you away from work?**

palm tree / beer / gold bars / tv / sports car

[multiple choice]

**How often do you look at the clock?**

5 / 15 / 30 / 60 minutes

[clock]

**Are there any bullies at your workplace?**

yes / no / me

[multiple choice]

**Do you get sick pay?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Rate your boss**

\*\*\*\*\*

[discrete scale]

**What do you do when there’s no boss around?**

spinning office chair / VR headset / scrollin’ / looking for a new job

[multiple choice]

**Are you meant to clock off when you scratch your ass?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Your competitors are going bust:**

faces (emoji/reaction gifs)

[multiple choice]

**Your competitors are undercutting you:**

faces (emoji/reaction gifs)

[multiple choice]

**Do you and your colleagues grass on each other?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Who signs your paycheque?**

sloth / Scrooge / washing machine / brick

[multiple choice]

**Do you like hanging out with your colleagues outside of work?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Are you afraid of paying off your mortgage?**

yes / no / don’t have one

[multiple choice]

**Do you know why your company exists?**

£ / <3 / hazard symbol / peace / dice

[multiple choice]

### Involved Q’s:

**Are your suggestions met with glazed eyes and fake smiles?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Which of the following job is your dream job?**

each letter you type changes according to your answer to ‘What is your job’ unless you loved it, the question does not come up

[freaky text field]

**What is your job’s spirit animal?**

mole / lion / ant / bees / snake / spider / owl / hyena / dung beetle / racoon / dolphin / pig

[multiple choice]

**Will asking uncomfortable questions give you a black mark on your record?**

yes / no / never tried

[multiple choice]

**Would anyone notice if you weren’t there before the deadline crunch?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Do you have to do you work in the office even when it could be done remotely?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Do you cut corners when nobody’s looking?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Do you know where your company’s profit disappears to?**

yes / no / what profit?

[multiple choice]

**Did you ever hide your personality to get ahead?**

yes / no / what personality?

[multiple choice]

**How often do you hold your tongue?**

pulling the zip across the mouth

[sliding scale]

**Do you think you’re paid what you deserve?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Do you feel threatened by people who know more than you?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Do you feel like you’re being watched? (Eyes following the mouse movement)**

yes / no / I watch myself(fitbit)

[multiple choice]

**Does your company overbook your time?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Do you resent doing unpaid overtime?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Do your colleagues steal the credit for each others’ work?**

yes / no / sharing is caring

[multiple choice]

**Do you feel like your organisation is run by investors?**

yes / no / yes: me

[multiple choice]

**Is your consent manufactured?**

yes / no / don’t know

[multiple choice]

**Do you treat training days as holidays?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**How tolerable is your misery?**

from no misery and not tolerable to ecstasy and very tolerable

[graph]

**Is your job a tedious infinite loop?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Do you know your neighbours?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**Are you big on (voluntary) compulsory team building exercises?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**What is your routine? (fill 24 hours brackets)**

bed, shower, eating, working, beer, coke, gardening, bashing, commuting, teleportation, exercise, etc.

[drag&drop icons into a timeline]

### Summarising Q’s:

**What shape is your supervisor?**

square / pentagram / triangle / potato / circle

[multiple choice]

**Which piece are you?**

pawn / castle / bishop / knight / queen / elephant / monopoly

[multiple choice]

**How do you approach new people?**

open handshake / buzzer / sword / wall

[multiple choice]

**Divide the cake.**

every click halves what you clicked

[cake]

**Secure your pension.**

secure / nevermind

[fake multiple choice -> you will never click this button]

**Are you at work?**

yes / no

[multiple choice]

**What does your company do more?**

build / destroy

[sliding scale]

**How does your company operate?**

flock of birds / shoal of fish / predator and prey / virus

[multiple choice]

**Give, take, slap**

[multiple choice]

Moveit.gif

How bullshit is your job?
How bullshit is your job?

Simulation

Co-op Startups

  • Hive
  • Internships; co-op apprenticeships
  • Becoming a co-op; validating the business model; getting support