There are a many factors that brought our group together to form our worker-co-operative - CanTrust Hosting Co-operative. The most important factor was that we each were trying to fulfill similar needs.
Our worker co-op (http://cantrusthosting.coop) seeks to create an affordable, full-service web-hosting platform tailored to the needs of co-operative, non-profit and charity organizations for whom access to such Canadian-based services is cost prohibitive. Our worker-owner members can greatly reduce future development and maintenance costs for our clients by collectively managing Drupal-based, template-driven websites.
Why do we want to do this? Our clients want Canadian-based website hosting they can trust and our co-op members want to pool their efforts to pass savings onto our collective clients. Together, we are creating solid web-hosting infrastructure in Canada and keeping jobs/money in our local community. It's win-win-win!
I loved seeing this question posed and naturally responded with a Yes! I mean, why not?? Then memory served up an Ace down the baseline that I couldn't return.
Are you ready for this? Business, and our entire capitalist infrastructure. Who are the real polluters? Not just industry polluting water, and the air, but also the landfills. It's almost as though the system creates a program to appease the masses so it appears that action is being taken. Except the reality is far from the goal of the objective.
I found myself in an interesting dream this morning and how it carried itself into the waking state. There was a conversation of sorts with others that had them quite intrigued with the ideals I present. I am unaware of the first key individual I met who carried some importance, but then suddenly my dream found me vacationing or visiting back east.
As I was venturing through the supermarket, looking at whatever and tending to errands with another, I met a local news personality from here on the west coast, Bill Parsons. I nodded and he smiled, and as I turned away he said, "Go ahead, give me your card. I understand you're a rather interesting fellow."