On November 13th and 14th in New York City, several hundred people gathered to talk about the problems of an online economy reliant on monopoly, extraction, and surveillance—and discuss how to build a "cooperative Internet, built of platforms owned and governed by the people who rely on them."
On a cold December night we met at the Industry Lab to celebrate the Worc'n group and our membership in the cooperatives we belong to. The crowd was very energetic and several small groups were conversing on different topics throughout the evening. A holiday party is a time to see old friends and make new friends.
The CEO of A Yard and a Half Landscaping Cooperative talked about her experiences with their transition from an existing business and all attending shared the similarities and differences of their experiences at the second worker-cooperative meeting Agaric had the honor to host.
I attended BarCamp9 this year and had a more than wonderful time. The sessions were off the chart, everything from a Public Speaking 101 - Overview & Workshop, to a lecture on Immortality, a GNU/Linux sysadmin introduction, and a lively discussion on the state of mental health in tech, mixed in with Dating for Nerds.