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Mission and Values

Polycot Associates is a mission-driven, employee-owned cooperative business offering web consulting and managed web design and development services. We endeavor to support other mission driven organizations including non-profits, co-ops, green and sustainable organizations, social good businesses, and B-corporations.

Our mission and values are set forth in the following statements:

  1. We improve the world through inspiring and useful web technology, humane worker-owned business structure, and collaborative, responsive, transparent process.
  2. We engage with open source platforms to build inspiring and useful communication tools.
  3. We love to be inspired by the work we do for our clients, as well as the work done by our clients.
  4. We believe every human is an eco-system of equal value and worth, and that, working together, teams are greater than the sum of their parts.

Who We Work With

Does your web project align with our values as a worker-owned cooperative?

Polycot Associates aims to offer our services in support of other mission driven organizations including non-profits, co-ops, green and sustainable organizations, social good businesses, and B-corporations. Past clients include those working in economic and social justice, health, compassion, and other progressive issues.

About Our Team

We are web developers, strategic consultants, and more. Jon Lebkowsky co-founded Polycot Consulting with partners in 2001, which spun off Polycot Associates as a sole proprietorship in 2007. The current Poly-Coterie (team of people with shared interests who work for Polycot) coalesced in 2012 and converted the business into a worker-cooperative in early 2014.

We are Drupal and Wordpress web development experts, designers, and project managers. We create custom websites and implement web services integrations for our clients. Through collaborative problem solving, Polycot Associates delivers custom websites that are functional and attractive. We also build web applications using platforms like Ruby on Rails and Drupal.

Our team of cooperative member-owners is charged with web production projects, as well as maintenance, to ensure long-term viability and great customer relationships. Every member-owner is a powerful stakeholder in our success, which translates to a powerful stake in our client's success, too.

We are committed to collaboration at all points in the process. When you work with Polycot Associates, you are working with web professionals who care about your project at every moment.


Cooperative Member-Owners

Our member-owners are highly qualified, senior web professionals. We cultivate a team of people with an array of extracurricular interests and backgrounds, in support of our belief that different perspectives enable the best possible collaborative problem solving.

Jon Lebkowsky / CEO, Founder, and Digital Strategist

At Polycot Associates, Jon Lebkowsky focuses on strategic digital consulting and development, project management, and business management and development. He has been managing technology projects and companies for three decades. He is also known as an activist and writer/blogger focused on the future of the Internet, digital culture, cyber liberties, media, and society.

Jon is a writer, sometimes activist, and amateur futurologist. He's into meditation, bicycling, literature, film, cooking, and listening to music.

Benjamin Bradley / Chief Technology Officer

Benjamin has been a web application programmer since the mid-90's and has been an owner of worker cooperatives since 2007. His technical skills include *nix system administration, information systems architecture, and programming in several languages including PHP, Javascript, Ruby, Perl and Java.

Benjamin applies the concepts of open-source to many areas of life beyond the digital realms. With a deep-rooted commitment to intentional living, he participates with the Burning Man and Maker communities, and lives to guide the evolution of our human culture to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable community of cooperation.

Robert Matney / Chief Operations Officer

Immediately prior to joining Polycot, Robert worked for several years as a freelance web developer and web consultant with domestic and international clients. Prior to that, he led client services for Amicus, an acquired SaaS focused on enabling FinServ regulatory compliance. Robert started his technology career at Apple Inc. where he worked variously as customer support, trainer, multi-media product specialist, trainer, and tech writer.

Steve Bartolomeo / Chief Creative Officer

Steve has built websites for 18 years, and he has seen many transformations in the industry. Having both technical skills and Aesthetic/Design skills has let Steve simultaneously address several issues at once. His empathy to the non-technical client serves others well.

Steve has been oil painting and sculpting over 30 years. He is also interested in alternative gardening systems such as Hydroponics and Aquaponics.

Doug Addison / Senior Developer

Doug enjoys working with Drupal because it allows him to leverage his experience with other open-source web server software (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP). With these tools he can create feature-rich websites that are easy to deploy and maintain. Doug has a background in newspaper reporting, magazine writing, and editing in the fields of business and science; so he pays particular to how client websites are organized, what they do, and what they read. He is savvy with Unix admin, DNS, javascript, PHP, drush, git, css/sass, MySQL and Photoshop, too.

Doug likes: Cubs baseball, food co-ops, backyard chickens, omelettes

Maggie Duval / Senior Developer

Maggie has spent nearly 30 years as a technology, web, marketing, and creative business development consultant, with 22 of those years spent as a freelance entrepreneur. Her "boutique" web studio served clients in the arts, tourism, wellness, and hospitality industries for much of that period. Additionally, she has created, curated, and produced events, workshops, and conferences that are immersive, engaging, and iconoclastic – bringing together business, tech, and ‘cultural creatives’ in exciting and innovative ways to dialogue and work together.

Maggie is passionate about travel and tour guiding her friends, especially around her beloved New Mexico. She is an avid and voracious reader and collector of books, specifically antique tomes on history and metaphysics, and the American West and Southwest. She teaches and loves writing is currently at work on a memoir called "My Wombat is Molting and Other Strange Tales of Stumbling Toward Self-Realization." She's mom to a 20-year-old daughter, a border collie, and six extremely silly cats.

 

Satellite Members

Our Satellite Members support the ongoing evolution of our global world-changing work.

"You can't take over the world on an empty stomach" — Bongo

Bongo / Chief Mascot

Bongo is a elephant orphan rescued bt the David Sheldrake Foundation and fostered by Polycot Associates. His name Bongo is synonymous with Mount Kenya, as well as being a very African name.

At the heart of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.

Preferred Contract Partners

Our preferred contractors are vetted and approved for their expertise and commitment to hard work and accountability. We lean into this trusted group for projects on an ad hoc basis, determined by the needs of the project.

Allison Vaughn / Programmer

Alli began her career as a Bachelors-Prepared RN at the University of Illinois. She cared for patients in various capacities for 15 years in Illinois, New York and Texas contributing in the following nursing specialties: Informatics, Cardiac, ER and Elderly Care. Alli's first love is and has always been all things technical, so her next focus was entirely on Medical and Nursing documentation and EMR as a Clinical Implementation Specialist at NextGen Inpatient Solutions. She enjoyed it so much that she switched careers to become a Web & Software Developer. Alli built sites for small businesses as Friendly Fulcrum for two years and learned a lot about the overlap between education and access to technical fields. After much research, she founded and ran the Lvl\U/p Intro to Full Stack Workshop series & Camps for High Schoolers for one year.

When Alli is not trying out new combinations of frameworks that she has devised for herself or organizing a silverware drawer, you can find her running, consuming film, or written SciFi. You also find her researching travel destinations, being politically active, or hanging out doing various ATX things with friends and family.

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