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Réseau Koumbit

Established in Montreal in 2004, Koumbit is a registered non-profit which promotes the use of free & open source software by community groups in Quebec, Canada and abroad, and creates a skills and resource pool for progressive-minded autonomous IT workers and design professionals. Koumbit provides hosting (including shared web hosting, virtual servers, and colocation), website creation (primarily based on Drupal and WordPress), graphic design, constituency relationship management (using CiviCRM), and training services.

Located: 
Montreal, QC
Founded: 
2004
Worker-owners: 
(1)
15 full time workers, plus freelancers (see website)

Civilization Systems

Our aim is to create a cooperatively run organization that allows experienced IT professionals to serve the technology needs of local businesses, non-profits, coops and schools in a democratic, nurturing, and fun environment. As importantly, we strive to help anyone interested in information technology, social justice, economic justice or democratic workplaces gain the skills, experience, and resources they need to accomplish their goals.

CivSys got its start by empowering Baltimore’s youth through the use of information technology at a local high school that serves economically disadvantaged students. Today, we still focus on services for schools, in addition to non-profits and locally owned businesses. Additionally, the co-op helps to support projects that its members deem valuable to the community.

Our members collectively have years of experience and education designing, building, installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting information technology.

Located: 
Baltimore, MD
Founded: 
2010
Worker-owners: 
(2)
Ian Schlakman, Vanessa Holub

Webskillet Cooperative

Webskillet is a worker-owned co-operative based in Burlington, VT.

We help community organizations, nonprofits and small businesses communicate clearly and effectively online, and engage with their members, clients and the public. We build and maintain websites, manage email and social media communications, and consult on communications strategy.

The worker-owners at Webskillet are also proud members of the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE).

Located: 
Burlington, VT
Founded: 
2012
Worker-owners: 
(4)
Bekah Mandell, Jonathan Kissam, Julie Winn, Jessica McAnally

Radical Designs

Radical Designs is a full service web development group focused on the needs of non-profit and grassroots social change organizations.

We provide strategic on-line campaign consulting, web design and web application development, and create and leverage open-source applications.

Our clients protect natural resources and human health, ensure quality of life for the working class, fight white supremacy and the prison industrial complex, and keep the pressure on the US government to reject Middle East militarism as a failed policy. Our clients are winning.

Located: 
Oakland, CA
Founded: 
2004
Worker-owners: 
(4)
Cooper Quintin, Suzi Grishpul, Margot Brennan, Sara Mccutcheon

Polycot Associates

Polycot Associates is a strategic Internet consultancy, website design and development company that uses mature, robust open source platforms — primarily the Drupal content management framework and Wordpress content management system -- to create web solutions that are engaging and highly functional.

Our websites are SEO-enabled and built to optimize traffic and conversion rates.

Located: 
Austin, TX
Founded: 
2012
Worker-owners: 
(5)
Jon Lebkowsky, Steve Bartolomeo, Benjamin Bradley, Robert Matney, Doug Addison

Sassafras Tech Collective

We are a growing worker-owned technology cooperative specializing in web & mobile applications for social justice orgs, non-profits, academics, artists, and others. Bringing years of expertise from industry, academia, and social justice organizing, we understand the values that are embedded in code and design. We work with our clients to elicit intended values to make beautiful, appropriate, and easy to use technologies. Our work has been featured in numerous academic publications and has had extensive media coverage.
As our logo reflects, we are based in Michigan helping to bring life back into our home.

Located: 
Ann Arbor, MI
Founded: 
2013
Worker-owners: 
(5)
Jill Dimond, Thomas Smyth, Adam Konner, Elizabeth Mitchell, Anonymous

Design Action Collective

Design Action Collective began in 2002 as an independent design and communications spin-off of Inkworks Press Collective. This has allowed us to better serve the movement for social justice by expanding our design capabilities to provide web and other interactive and “new media” services, and continue to expand to include strategic communications and messaging.

Since the founding of Design Action, we have grown to be a multi-lingual, diverse 11-person shop. Our members have come to Design Action as activists and organizers within the social justice movement, and with the desire to offer our skills as designers to the progressive movement.

Design Action is a worker-owned and managed cooperative and a union shop, affiliated with the Pacific Media Guild, Local 39521 Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO. We are also active members of Graphic Alliance, the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Located: 
Oakland, CA
Founded: 
2002
Worker-owners: 
(10)
Innosanto Nagara, Nadia Khastagir, Poonam Whabi, William Ramirez, Sabiha Basrai, Josh Warren-White, Sarah Reilly, Daniel Owens, Ivy Climacosa, Andrea Salazar

Little Weaver Web Collective

Founded at the beginning of 2014, Little Weaver is a worker-owned collective dedicated to socially-responsible design and website development and passionate about the development of a better internet built on open-source technologies. Members of our team can be found in Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Vermont, Connecticut, and Ontario.

Located: 
Seattle, WA / Washington, DC / Bridgeport, CT / Burlington, VT / Hamilton, ON / Oakland, CA
Founded: 
2014
Worker-owners: 
(7)
Cameron Higby-Naquin, Emily Horsman, Feonix Fawkes, Harris Lapiroff, Naomi Morduch Toubman, Stephen Burrows, Michele Leah

FullSteam Labs

FullSteam Labs is a worker-owned tech cooperative specializing in creative design, digital storytelling, and tech consulting for good causes. The majority of our clients are non-profit organizations and small businesses.

Our services are designed to help organizations succeed. We design professional campaign materials, create highly functional websites, and provide tech consulting services that build organizational capacity.

Located: 
Asheville, NC
Founded: 
2013
Worker-owners: 
(3)
Jason Johnson, Charles Suggs, Saro Lynch-Thomason

CoLab Cooperative

CoLab is a full-service technology cooperative with eight worker-owners and a 20+ strong collaborator network. Our skilled technical team partners with your organization to build capacity and deliver strategic, long-lasting results. CoLab is located in Ithaca, New York with collaborators worldwide.

Located: 
Ithaca, NY
Founded: 
2011
Worker-owners: 
(8)
Rylan Peery, Ralph Cutler, Ethan Winn, Jenn Schlick, Amandeep Singh-Sapra, Tomaz Korenika, David Brooks, Cris Nelson

Caravan Web Worker Coop Inc.

Caravan was created by four Montreal residents in 2012, while looking for an alternative to the typical web agency and freelancing model. They came up with Caravan Web Worker Cooperative, a service provider in the web industry, democratically managed, focusing on collaboration and innovation.

Located: 
Montreal, QC, Canada
Founded: 
2012
Worker-owners: 
(4)
Benoit Clennett-Sirois, Jonathan Poirier, André Farzat, Nicholas Asch

C4 Tech & Design

C4 Tech & Design is a worker-owned cooperative that provides technical and design services to businesses and non-profits in the Greater New Orleans area. After forming in 2002, C4 quickly expanded into two synergistic teams: our Business I.T. Services team offers technical support, networking, and computer repair services, while our Web Design Team offers graphic design, web development, and custom programming services. 

C4 offers a variety of innovative technology consulting services to an eclectic range of businesses and organizations throughout the Gulf South region and across the country. From envisioning the concept for a website to implementing highly integrated technology strategies, C4 has provided innovative solutions to a diverse client base for over a decade. 

Located: 
New Orleans, LA
Founded: 
2002
Worker-owners: 
(12)
Jeff Brite, Becky Cierpich, Ian Johnson, Drew Stephan, Anna Boyer, David Boss, Chris Roussel, Devin Davis, Westly Gaddis, Marcus Amargi, Robert Starnes, Ryan Williams