Albatros

Tech Cooperative Initiative

Our Manifesto

For most of us, working life means spending our years on a path with no certain goal. We consider ourselves lucky when we get an opportunity to work at a decent place under acceptable conditions. The 2-3 weeks of paid leave we are given each year, in return for a 45 hour weekly routine, become the broadest space of freedom we can get.

We usually talk and complain about certain aspects of our working lives like unemployment, interviews, insufficient wages/raises, performance assessments, precarious conditions, the feeling of being inadequate for the job, pressure of being dismissed, retirement in graves and so on. However we do not or cannot come up with frameworks that trigger change. These feelings inevitably make us want to escape places we work at, places that deepen our alienation especially when everyone is included in a so called “us” or “family”. None of us want to be part of a corporate world that makes us feel so unhappy.

 

We want to create an alternative to a working life that feels inevitable under these conditions. Our goal is to establish cooperation and the working environment of the future! We want to produce not only for profit but also in line with our talents, according to our needs, collectively, and in solidarity!

All of us have different skills and specialties. While we can make progress to a certain extent individually, we think that we can be more dynamic and productive with collectives working towards shared and common goals. We believe that a grassroots network of organizations can be established through association-like structures that these collectives will form over time.

Centralized structures have only been able to function properly in a sustainable manner under unfair conditions. The concept of “decentralization”, which has been at the forefront in recent years, especially in the tech industry, has emerged from similar needs.

For this alternative collective structure that we can build together, we embrace the principles of equality, horizontal hierarchy, collective functioning, consensus based decision making, fair revenue sharing, decentralization, cooperation and solidarity. In this model, all individuals in the collective are defined as workers and owners.

Implementing a working order in any industry within a framework of these and similar other values may seem unrealistic. We read about proposals and ideas which many of us wish would work. But there are examples all over the world that actually do work and they are not few. The change has already begun; international networks are being established! Knowledge, labour, time … When we combine them with organization and solidarity, a new order will emerge. We believe that, if we are the producers, we should be making the decisions and sharing the profit.

We want to free ourselves from a working order that’s currently running our lives. Implementing a new order will also open new doors to how we work in the future. Believing that we have the courage and determination to take the first steps on this path, we are on our way to establish a tech cooperative in line with the principles and values that we share.

 

PRINCIPLES

Our Manifesto

For most of us, working life means spending our years on a path with no certain goal. We consider ourselves lucky when we get an opportunity to work at a decent place under acceptable conditions. The 2-3 weeks of paid leave we are given each year, in return for a 45 hour weekly routine, become the broadest space of freedom we can get.

We usually talk and complain about certain aspects of our working lives like unemployment, interviews, insufficient wages/raises, performance assessments, precarious conditions, the feeling of being inadequate for the job, pressure of being dismissed, retirement in graves and so on. However we do not or cannot come up with frameworks that trigger change. These feelings inevitably make us want to escape places we work at, places that deepen our alienation especially when everyone is included in a so called “us” or “family”. None of us want to be part of a corporate world that makes us feel so unhappy.

We want to create an alternative to a working life that feels inevitable under these conditions. Our goal is to establish cooperation and the working environment of the future! We want to produce not only for profit but also in line with our talents, according to our needs, collectively, and in solidarity!

All of us have different skills and specialties. While we can make progress to a certain extent individually, we think that we can be more dynamic and productive with collectives working towards shared and common goals. We believe that a grassroots network of organizations can be established through association-like structures that these collectives will form over time.

Centralized structures have only been able to function properly in a sustainable manner under unfair conditions. The concept of “decentralization”, which has been at the forefront in recent years, especially in the tech industry, has emerged from similar needs.

For this alternative collective structure that we can build together, we embrace the principles of equality, horizontal hierarchy, collective functioning, consensus based decision making, fair revenue sharing, decentralization, cooperation and solidarity. In this model, all individuals in the collective are defined as workers and owners.

 

Implementing a working order in any industry within a framework of these and similar other values may seem unrealistic. We read about proposals and ideas which many of us wish would work. But there are examples all over the world that actually do work and they are not few. The change has already begun; international networks are being established! Knowledge, labour, time … When we combine them with organization and solidarity, a new order will emerge. We believe that, if we are the producers, we should be making the decisions and sharing the profit.

We want to free ourselves from a working order that’s currently running our lives. Implementing a new order will also open new doors to how we work in the future. Believing that we have the courage and determination to take the first steps on this path, we are on our way to establish a tech cooperative in line with the principles and values that we share.

Our Manifesto

For most of us, working life means spending our years on a path with no certain goal. We consider ourselves lucky when we get an opportunity to work at a decent place under acceptable conditions. The 2-3 weeks of paid leave we are given each year, in return for a 45 hour weekly routine, become the broadest space of freedom we can get.

We usually talk and complain about certain aspects of our working lives like unemployment, interviews, insufficient wages/raises, performance assessments, precarious conditions, the feeling of being inadequate for the job, pressure of being dismissed, retirement in graves and so on. However we do not or cannot come up with frameworks that trigger change. These feelings inevitably make us want to escape places we work at, places that deepen our alienation especially when everyone is included in a so called “us” or “family”. None of us want to be part of a corporate world that makes us feel so unhappy.

We want to create an alternative to a working life that feels inevitable under these conditions. Our goal is to establish cooperation and the working environment of the future! We want to produce not only for profit but also in line with our talents, according to our needs, collectively, and in solidarity!

All of us have different skills and specialties. While we can make progress to a certain extent individually, we think that we can be more dynamic and productive with collectives working towards shared and common goals. We believe that a grassroots network of organizations can be established through association-like structures that these collectives will form over time.

Centralized structures have only been able to function properly in a sustainable manner under unfair conditions. The concept of “decentralization”, which has been at the forefront in recent years, especially in the tech industry, has emerged from similar needs.

For this alternative collective structure that we can build together, we embrace the principles of equality, horizontal hierarchy, collective functioning, consensus based decision making, fair revenue sharing, decentralization, cooperation and solidarity. In this model, all individuals in the collective are defined as workers and owners.

Implementing a working order in any industry within a framework of these and similar other values may seem unrealistic. We read about proposals and ideas which many of us wish would work. But there are examples all over the world that actually do work and they are not few. The change has already begun; international networks are being established! Knowledge, labour, time … When we combine them with organization and solidarity, a new order will emerge. We believe that, if we are the producers, we should be making the decisions and sharing the profit.

We want to free ourselves from a working order that’s currently running our lives. Implementing a new order will also open new doors to how we work in the future. Believing that we have the courage and determination to take the first steps on this path, we are on our way to establish a tech cooperative in line with the principles and values that we share.

 

PRINCIPLES