commons.hour - the venue
Here we describe commons.hour - the main bridge between user members and operational members of meet.coop, and one of the essential venues for multistakeholder stewarding of the coop's commons.
Updated: 26aug2021This is draft, to be evolved xxx
commons.hour is the main bridge - the most regular and approachable bridge - between user members and operational members of meet.coop, and one of the essential venues for multistakeholder stewarding of the coop’s commons. The format - regular, scheduled, compact, facilitated, plural contributions - is intended to constitute a kind of brand: a regular venue where users can talk to and listen to operational members, and all can tune in to one another’s perspectives.
Basic protocols of commons.hour include:
- commons.hour is a monthly meeting held on the fourth Monday at 18:00 UTC
- the meeting lasts for 60 minutes
- commons.hour has extra.time of 30 minutes afterwards, for informal connections and follow-through (including
offers-&-wants) among whoever chooses to stay
- commons.hour and extra.time are facilitated
- meetings normally are in English language, but we mean to expand out of this
- the standard format is 15min presentation/discussion-starter followed by 40min open exchange
For an initial period, commons.hour will serve as the design venue for multistakeholder governance in the coop. See commons.hour - the design project. In a sense - the sense in which ‘governance’ is the continuous, reflexive reassessment and redesign of an institutional practice by a community that is 'subject to' the institution - ongoing redesign continues to be the function of commons.hour.
The initial design period - the project - will close-out when meet.coop adopts a constitution, and holds its first General Assembly. Protocols developed during that period will determine just how commons.hour functions after that point. But one way and another, being a bridge and a place of exchange between multiple stakeholder communities, and being a venue for organisational design and infrastructure design under principles of design justice and conviviality, are at the heart of the commons.hour ‘brand’.