Running the Workers Co-op Weekend 2020 as a joint event with CoTech

CCC Chris Croome (Webarchitects Co-operative) Public Seen by 31

At the last Workers Co-op weekend myself and @johnatherton had a good chat about the possibility of having a parallel CoTech set of session at the Workers Co-op Weekend at Thornbridge 8-10th 15-17th May 2020 and there appears to be general support for that within the CoTech co-operatives so I have posted a formal proposal for this to happen with a two week time limit and if and when that is agreed we can move forward with doing what every we need to do to make this a successful event 馃檪 .


Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) Wed 29 May 2019 5:24PM

Hi Chris. Not opposed to this and I can see big opportunities to cross-pollinate and reduce costs. But could you say something about how the single event might differ from the separate events? Separate programmes with shared plenary? Longer event? Numbers attending? Sponsorship? Shared themes? Keen to know what you and @johnatherton are thinking.


Chris Croome (Webarchitects Co-operative) Wed 29 May 2019 6:04PM

Hi Mark, we didn't discuss the idea in great detail but I'd expect shared accommodation, food, bonfire, intro session and plenary and then separate CoTech and workers co-op sessions but with both open to all attending. I don't know if there is much potential for extending it other than starting earlier on the Friday and ending later on the Sunday? Numbers wise @johnatherton said there is space for 100, which I think is roughly double the numbers the past years. Nothing was discussed regarding themes or sponsorship, but perhaps @johnatherton has some more ideas to add.


John Atherton Thu 30 May 2019 9:00AM

Hi Chris, Yep up for discussing in more details the main constraining factor for us is the venue, which as already been booked for for 2020.

We have booked the entirety of: https://www.thornbridgeoutdoors.co.uk/facilities/ which is much bigger and i think a better spec than 2019's venue so if there is a way to meet co-tech needs and ours in the same venue over the same time that would be good.

The venue may be up for extending the contracts or issuing a seperatebut linked contract if you want to arrive Thurs night have the whole of Friday for something distinct.

Happy to work out finances so its at costs, not sure how co-tech usually finances their events? Do people buy tickets or do you just kinda put money in the pot from the different co-ops? Either way let me know how the conversation goes at co-tech and when people have a better idea what they are up to, we can arrange a call to thrash stuff out.


Chris Croome (Webarchitects Co-operative) Thu 30 May 2019 9:19AM

I'll ask regarding adding an extra day at the start, that does sound like an interesting (but perhaps expensive?) option.

The facilities look great, loads of space and accomodation! Are the Teepees included? I see that there are two locations for a camp fire :heart: .

For the last CoTech event in Sheffield (which didn't include accommodation) we picked a ticket price to cover the costs and encouraged people to buy these in advance and it worked out OK, clearly it would be daft having two ticketing systems so I imagine we would use what you have in place already for this.

A call in a couple of weeks time to go through some details sounds like a good idea.


Liam MacLeod (MediaBlaze Hosts) Tue 4 Jun 2019 11:01AM

Think it's a great idea that we add an extra initial day for more Co-Tech type conversation!


Hey everyone, what was the outcome of this? Are we having a joint event?


Chris Croome (Webarchitects Co-operative) Thu 9 Jan 2020 9:56PM

Yes, hopefully, it was supported at the last CoTech gathering in Newcastle, as I recall @Aaron Hirtenstein (Agile Collective) has agreed to discuss the practicalities with @John Atherton at the next Workers Co-op Council meeting, which I believe is sometime this month?


Ah - Aaron can't make next Thursday's meeting. Was the date change to the following weekend mentioned at CoTech?


Chris Croome (Webarchitects Co-operative) Thu 9 Jan 2020 11:52PM

Yes, we were aware that the dates are now 15th-17th May 2020, I'll update the top post in this thread.

I don't exactly recall what the discussion on the following first flip chart agreed to, perhaps @Aaron Hirtenstein (Agile Collective) or @Polly Robbins remember?

On the second flip chart we agreed to have the next CoTech gathering at the Workers Co-op Weekend and also to see if we could have an extra day.

Would it be worth me having a call with someone about this before the next Workers Co-op Council meeting?


before next week i think @John Atherton is the best person to chat with about it, as he's currently bottom-lining. unless anyone else who'll be at the WCC meeting wants to pick up this baton? @Ieva Padagaite @Tatiana Baskakova, Ceramics @Kayleigh Walsh Outlandish @Mike @Sion Whellens (Principle Six/Calverts) @Debbie Clarke (Unicorn, Mcr) @Ross Hodgson Alternatively, the meeting is at Space4 so @Polly Robbins could perhaps join us for 10-15 mins?


Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) Fri 10 Jan 2020 11:22AM

I'm down to do the catering at the Worker Co-op Weekend - early consideration of the implications around increased mouths and days will be useful?


Chris Croome (Webarchitects Co-operative) Fri 10 Jan 2020 1:40PM

I'd be happy to have a chat with @John Atherton before the meeting, there are some practicalities, like money, numbers and catering as @Mark Simmonds (Co-op Culture & Platform 6) has said, that it would be good to go through, I'm generally available on 0114 276 9709 during office hours.


John Atherton Fri 10 Jan 2020 1:58PM

Chris I'll give you a call on Monday afternoon? say 16.00?


Chris Croome (Webarchitects Co-operative) Fri 10 Jan 2020 2:13PM

That should be fine @John Atherton, I have sent you my mobile number in case I have left the office by then.