Contact info: NathanKennedy
I've been a member of HCoop for over 10 years and am to blame for a large portion of HCoop's legal incorporation and tax exemption, as well as some of the initial provisioning and setup of HCoop at its present location at HCoop and a good deal of the early onsite support/hands on work at that site. I served on the first five HCoop boards of directors as secretary. The last few years I have remained a member although my involvement with HCoop has been quite limited. I owe huge thanks to Clinton in particular and others for keeping the flame alive during this time. Since then my life has changed significantly and I have matured in both my understanding of organizations and technically as an engineer. I have the perspective to again contribute to the HCoop board.
Is HCoop relevant in 2014? I think it has not only held up well, but is more vital than ever. With technical and nontechnical users alike migrating hosting and communications services to "the cloud," HCoop is an increasingly rare example of a formally organized, democratic, cooperative hosting shared hosting solution that maintains its own hardware and its own software at a first-class internet exchange. This is something to be proud of.
I don't advocate any radical changes. My foremost concern is to make sure that HCoop keeps working; that our admins and volunteers have the encouragement, resources and supervision they need, that risks are mitigated and problems are addressed.
Nonetheless, with our reliance on unpaid labor and informal processes, HCoop has had some organizational challenges and a stagnating membership. Here are a few concrete ideas I have for the cooperative: