We’re people who envision online platforms that share democratic ownership and governance among the people who rely on them, especially those who contribute their labor and personal data. Some of us lead businesses that carry these values, some of us are considering starting businesses or organizations, and some just want to support others in their efforts. All are welcome.
We may not have all the answers for how this can and should work, but we know that the only way to learn is by coming together and contributing to each other's efforts.
Each event is meant to gather people and share information towards democratization, ownership, and control over digital technology. Events have a clear theme and a guest that sets a foundation for that theme. We’ll spend a majority of the time talking with each other and sharing knowledge.
Each month we host a guest to start a conversation that reflects cooperative values.
This month we'll speak with:
Sylvia Morse of Up & Go
Tammy Shapiro of New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives.
Up&Go is a home cleaning service that is cooperatively owned by professional home cleaners with its own online booking application. While many home cleaning coops have managed to launch, few have provided as competitive of a customer experience as Up & Go.
Of course this didn’t come easy, and required grants from Robin Hood Foundation and Barclays bank. This will be a time to learn what financial resources it took to launch a competitive online booking platform, and how the cooperative is doing two years following its launch.
We'll talk through lessons learned, from the launching of the coop, to the development of the technology, and all the maintenance that it takes today.
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New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYC NOWC) is the trade association for worker cooperative businesses in the NYC metropolitan region, which aims to increase public awareness of workplace democracy and improve business conditions for democratic, worker-owned businesses.
We’ll hear about the important work and advocacy of NYC NOWC.