I’m looking for examples and experience of work coops, that allow a group to collectively market themselves, get contracts, and work together to deliver project based work.
I’m working on not-for-profit social innovation projects. I travel around Europe a lot and meet organisations with challenges, and many skilled people who work alone or in small communities, e.g. on open source projects, and have no interest in getting a ‘day job’. I perceive of a gap where the organisations are unable to present their work in a way that’s interesting to or manageable by the people with the necessary skills, and the people with the skills rarely self organise into a body the organisation is capable of communicating with.
I’m hypothesising this creates the need for an intermediate layer ‘the work co-op’, which groups people together, markets itself as a collective, acquires work agreements, and then manages the group of people to deliver the work, and distributes the benefit. If there was that need, I’d further suggest that the coop could be created in a way that serves the values of its members, as opposed to e.g. profit motive.