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Let’s meet online – weekly at Chi Hack Night
Chi Hack Night (CHN) is a free, weekly “civic-hacking” event in Chicago. People assemble to build, share and learn about tools, services, and strategies that support the public good. ChiCommons actually grew out of a Chi Hack Night collaborative project! We are continuing to support CHN by sponsoring a Zoom pre-party every Tuesday night from 6:30pm – 7:00pm Central Time. Join us online then – and enjoy the featured Chi Hack Night presentation itself from 7pm onwards. Stay for our ChiCommons breakout at 8pm during that part of the sessions. We onboard new volunteers and work on our projects during our breakout time.
Let’s meet online – monthly at Chicago CoOp Convergence
A monthly forum online for Chicago region cooperatives and allies to share experiences and form a stronger ecosystem on the last Wednesday of each month, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Central Time. It’s open to established, start-up cooperatives and the CoOp-curious. Consumer, Producer, Worker, Credit Unions, Multi-stakeholder CoOps and Allies are welcome! Please RSVP at the link just below to get details, and indicate in the subject line “RSVP for Chicago CoOP Convergence”
Put me to work – share your skills and we’ll seek opportunities
ChiCommons Consulting is our professional services arm. As a consulting agency, we sustain ourselves and fund our projects by taking on commercial, nonprofit, and cooperative clients. While we already have broad expertise, we seek new owners with skill-sets to meet evolving client needs. Whether you are a sales ace, full-stack developer, or seasoned community organizer, we can help you get work. Interested? Start by filling in our skills survey. We’ll add your skills to our talent list and potentially get work for you subject to needs and availability.
We’re looking for
- User Experience / User Interaction
- Finance / bookkeeping / accounting / CPA
- Sales/business development
- Content management / copy writing
- Quality Assurance / Testing
- Geographic Information Systems / Web GIS
- Graphic design
- Digital marketing / SEO
- Cloud computing
Join ChiCommons as an owner and build the solidarity economy
We currently have two types of owners, Consumer owners and Worker owners. Both owner classes govern our cooperative and make key decisions via consensus. Each owner gets one vote. Every owner is automatically a Consumer owner that selects the board and votes on cooperative-wide issues. In addition, Worker owners have the protection of a Worker Cooperative form for limited liability. Worker Owners get paid for their billable work and can use our enterprise software tools.
Need help? Have a budget? ChiCommons Consulting offers business, technology, and other services to the community
ChiCommons Consulting is our worker-owned consultancy that provides paid professional services, like business strategy, information technology, web design, development, and community organizing. Our members have impactful and diverse skills in business, civic, and technical sectors. We excel at bridging the digital divide and modernizing the way clients do business.
We serve the Small Medium Enterprise (SME) market. SMEs play an important role in the economy, employing vast numbers of people and helping to shape innovation, and are often called the heartbeat of the economy. We especially welcome cooperatives as clients. How can we help you?