This version: 2021 09 07
commons.hour. It's a monthly series of collaborative sessions, to share, learn and build a long term foundation for meet.coop in provisioning digital infrastructure under multistakeholder governance. We intent to weave commons and cooperative traditions together in a way that can be inspirational and transformative, and we seek to design an approach that can be reused and tweaked by others
commons.houris the open design space we are setting up, where we intend to engage these challenges. For example:
- How to envision and govern a complex weave of contributions, paid and unpaid, across user members and operational members?
- How to decide what can be in an open cultural commons, what spaces should be open to coop members only, and what the relationship should be between the ‘toolstack’ we provide for user-members (most of whom are also organisations) and the operational toolstack that we use ourselves ‘in the back office’?
- Which services to run, what costs to bear by whom, and what privileges and obligations to attach to the various spaces that we provision: platform spaces (eg BigBlueButton), media spaces (eg the Forum), venue spaces (eg
- What communication tools, channels and protocols should we provision and deploy, to facilitate participation and contribution across our membership, and capability in the wider, progressive, activist communities that our members are at work in?
- How to be a viable platform coop (and escape 'sweat equity') while also being a movement organisation, making the transformative coop-commons economy?
Political economy- the provisioning of a stack of digital-mediated spaces, as commons
Plural community- an intersection of diverse mutual-sector organisations and actors, participating in the coop in different ways; and
Assemblies and deliberations- the ‘machinery’ of stewarding a digital infrastructure.
commons.hourwith a handful of highlights from one of them. On one hand this brings their particular ’sectoral' experience and vision into the room, and on the other, it frames one specific area where we need to flesh out the protocols and principles of the coop, concretely, for purposes of governance. We plan this as a collaborative design process - a practice of design justice - spanning a series of twelve-or-so gatherings, one-a-month.
Our session-starters include May First Movement Technology (Mexico-USA), Supermarkt (Berlin), femProcomuns (Barcelona) and Remix the Commons. We hope you will join us and them in building and sharing this wealth of insight and capability.