Fiqus is not just another job, it is a life project, in which we have built a consolidated team of professionals who are in continuous training to provide high quality technical solutions.
Fiqus is like a big family, which started when several engineering students from the National Technological University got tired of traditional jobs and began to think of their own construction, based on different production approaches to those of the companies they had previously worked for
After several months of preparation, the idea of building something self-managed, horizontal, democratic and collectively owned became stronger and stronger. That is how the idea of building a social enterprise was born, that is how Fiqus was born.
Over the years, we have built an organizational structure that adapts to people and not the other way around. This is how, as we went along and based on the experience acquired, we built a series of agreements that today are part of our internal regulations. Our rules and regulations are not static, they are living things that evolve according to the evolution of the people who are part of our organization. This is where we reflect our concrete proposals to ensure that the people who participate in the collective are placed at the center of the production processes.
We like to think that Fiqus is a proposal that invites those who are not familiar with technological cooperativism to see that a paradigm shift is possible.
The decisions of the cooperative are made at the Ordinary General Assembly once a year. In addition, as a collective organization, twice a year we hold a meeting where we think, based on our personal desires, about our objectives as a cooperative and we meet weekly (virtually) to plan the daily tasks.
Our current distribution is the result of having created a structure malleable enough to be able to adapt to people's needs. In this way, as we have grown as people and as we have gone through the different scenarios that life has presented us with, we have prioritized accompanying the collective by providing the necessary support so that everyone can decide, for example, where and how to live.
We currently have offices in CABA and Villa La Angostura. But in addition, we have associates working from Mar del Plata, San Fernando (Bs.As.), Puerto Madryn and San Luis.
As a worker cooperative, we understand ourselves as territorial social actors. Based on the seventh cooperative principle of 'Commitment to the Community', we assume the responsibility of extending the collective construction that we carry out day by day within the cooperative in the territory belonging to one of our locations. That is why we work actively in the Associativism Board of Villa La Angostura, Neuquén. There we meet periodically together with other actors of the social economy as well as with individuals committed to the local community to develop projects that enhance local initiatives, always with a collaborative and horizontal approach.
It all started when the first cooperatives in the sector began to get in touch with each other because we understood that there is strength in unity to build a model that can scale with the goal of gradually becoming a real alternative to the traditional production model. As a result of these first interactions, the idea of signing a letter of commitment was born to found the Argentine Federation of Technology, Innovation and Knowledge Cooperatives (FACTTIC), a space for collective construction that fosters solidarity and collaboration as the driving forces behind the creation of technology with cooperative values.
The continuous interaction with other cooperatives in our sector and the joint work to develop common strategies and share knowledge generates a continuously evolving virtuous circle that drives us to grow and continue to strengthen our work.
The federation allows us to be in contact with other realities, allows us to break with the endogamy of our organization and invites us to think of ourselves as something bigger, covering a larger scale. It is a space of collective creation where imagination applied to collaborative construction finds no limits.
Several years after participating in the creation of the federation, we began to contact technology cooperatives in other parts of the world with the objective of sharing the collaboration and intercooperation model built with local cooperatives on a more global scale.
After several interactions, we made our network's first international inter-cooperative trip. We traveled to the United Kingdom to meet technology cooperatives from a local network. We shared experiences and began to build the foundations of what is now the Global Community of Technology Worker Cooperatives.
The network brings together more than 50 technology cooperatives from around the world, with presence in 16 countries from three different continents. We share weekly meetings where we learn about our cultures, discuss our common goals and outline a roadmap to grow the community that composes it. Little by little, we begin to intercooperate with the objective of strengthening our local constructions with a global scale. In this way, organized, technology cooperatives will be able to help each other through cooperation to sell and develop projects together.