This is the welcome page of Handbook trial - a working prototype for a handbook for
Updated: 19jul2021
Summer 2021: is about to embark on the participatory design and prototyping of a multistakeholder governance regime. This handbook sets out the evolving design (together with auxiliary materials to support the design practice) and also the design of the design project: the commons.hour project.
We intend that this gitBook space will evolve into an ongoing handbook for in all its operational aspects, its internal political economy and its contributions in its wider community, and that commons.hour will continue to be the venue for multistakeholder contributions and exchanges in the month-to-month operation of Overall we anticipate that the handbook might become some kind of open-source means for organising in the coop-commons economy, and specifically in the provisioning, stewarding and enjoying of transformative digital infrastructure in the commons: some kind of 'college' might be evolved, that we serve as an infrastructure provider.
Part of the content of this draft handbook will be extracted, as a constitution, to be ratified at an initial General Assembly of will also be abstracted as a Code of conduct.
The design practice engages the following four main foci:
  • commons.hour - a venue for multistakeholder stewarding of the commons
  • the constitution of - leading to formal incorporation as a coop; also a code of conduct
  • an ecology of working practice - including venues, media, tools and protocols - for the operational and strategic steering of the coop, including a General Assembly; and
  • a coop handbook. - political economy (provisioning a stack of digitally mediated spaces), social relations (radical practice in civil society organising and the coop-commons economy) and stewarding (assemblies and deliberations).
This trial handbook has the following main sections:
commons.hour project
Subsidiary material
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