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Fri 21 Aug 2020 5:23PM

Approve Preston Digital Foundation's application to join CoTech

AH Aaron Hirtenstein Public Seen by 86

Mark Porter got in touch, having been "talked into it by Matt Crowe at Outlandish" (his words) 馃槅

About PDF (I know, amazing!):

"We are a Digital Worker-owned co-operative operating out of the University of Central Lancashire, the first UNI-Coop we believe.

The Preston Digital Foundation specialises in the Web Site and App design and development, AR / VR, Media production (inc. Drones) and other relevant digital services. We are B2B and service the University and the Local Digital industry currently, but with a CoTech membership, who knows!?

Directors are all University staff currently, with graduate and undergraduate students making up the membership聽and working on paid projects. We are an above living wage employer, all members are employees. The student membership has limited voting聽rights, due to the fluctuating membership, but have a representative聽with a vote for each 'cohort'.

Personally I'm also a director聽of the Preston Co-operative Development Network,so very committed to developing co-ops locally and community wealth building."

Attached are also the articles of association for a company limited by guarantee and having reviewed they look to be those of a worker co-op (but I am no expert).

I will leave this open for questions for a week before turning into a proposal (can;'t remember the exact process and it's Friday so going to the wiki is bad for my mental health).

AC

Autonomic Co-operative Mon 24 Aug 2020 1:56PM

We're happy to accept if they are considered to be worker owned or as close to that as possible under the circumstances 鉂わ笍

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PollyRobbinsOutlandish Fri 28 Aug 2020 2:51PM

I'd be interested to hear a bit more about the actual control and ownership given to the students. If it's them who are doing the bulk of the work. I can't see an attachment here - am I missing something?

AH

Aaron Hirtenstein Fri 28 Aug 2020 4:52PM

Thanks, Polly, I have asked Mark to clarify this.

AH

Aaron Hirtenstein Fri 28 Aug 2020 8:56PM

I definitely see the PDF of their articles but then I uploaded it!

AH

Poll Created Fri 28 Aug 2020 4:53PM

Approve Preston Digital Foundation's application to join CoTech Closed Fri 4 Sep 2020 4:02PM

Outcome
by Aaron Hirtenstein Mon 14 Sep 2020 1:40PM

Thanks for your input and votes everyone, I ma happy to say that Preston Digital Foundation is now an approved member of CoTech! I will follow up with Mark directly and arrange to do the onboarding. 馃帀

see main thread for details

Results

Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 100.0% 12 SWS AH G IS SG AP CLF AC SR LD AC DS
Abstain 0.0% 0  
Disagree 0.0% 0  
Block 0.0% 0  
Undecided 0% 118 JD JA FL ER MSC MP HR SG RW M M KB MK CCC KB PB JT AW CL JC

12 of 130 people have voted (9%)

CLF

Chris Lowis (Go Free Range)
Agree
Fri 28 Aug 2020 4:53PM

Looks good to us.

AH

Aaron Hirtenstein Tue 1 Sep 2020 2:26PM

This is Mark's reply to Polly's question about how much control / ownership the students have:

"Each student group gets one vote if they are working with ThePDF as part of their course.
They have a level of representation that allows for influence, but not control by merit of large numbers.

They can then transition into associate members, then to full membership on an individual basis, similar to how outlandish work."