Merging corporations with co-ops and open source

Greg Dean, a communications student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, has a new twist on open source business models. For more than a year, Dean has been working with his friends Devon Girard and Charles Latimer, as well as an unnamed lawyer, to find a way to merge the concepts of a co-operative with that of a corporation to create an open source company that he currently calls the Information and Communications Technology/ Open Source Co-op (ICT/OS). Recently, he spoke to the Vancouver PHP Users' Group about the structure that he is starting to implement.