Thank you for sharing your thoughts here, I think that your comments are really important in order to define and build this space.
I can tell you what I know about this, since I’m here not since the beginning but closely.
ICA did some research and found that a lot of cooperatives have IT needs to be solved, so they create a space in ICA called IT Network. This IT Network works with the same rules that other spaces in ICA (it have a structure with a board, representatives, etc.) .
We (FACTTIC) arrived here because we are related to ICA through COOPERAR, a big confederation from Argentina, so we’re not members directly. Last year we participated in the first virtual meeting and we offer to host this forum to communicate each other.
In my personal opinion, I think that this place is not for make a “homebase” for international worker tech-coops, but the place where this tech-coops are connected to other cooperative organizations. I think that we have to build virtuous value-exchange relationships to strengthen the social economy.
This is the place where we “connect” with ICA and their members, I think we have a lot to give and a lot to learn here, but I also know that we have different practices about how we organize ourselves, or how we make decisions. We have to figure out how we can work together (or if it’s possible).