Design and prototyping in commons.hour
Here we describe the contributions of commons.hour as a space of prototyping.
During this current project phase,
commons.hourhas four core intentions . .
To design and initiate:
- 1.The constitution of meet.coop - leading to formal incorporation as a coop
- 2.commons.hour - an ongoing regular periodic public venue for multistakeholder stewarding of the meet.coop commons
- 3.An ecology of working practice - including venues, media, tools and protocols - for the operational and strategic steering of contributions in the coop. In addition to
commons.houritself, this includes a multistakeholder General Assembly and a Community circle of operational members; and
- 4.A coop handbook.
These are prototyped in the
commons.hourproject as, respectively:
- 1.A venue-space prototype - the initial General Assembly of meet.coop, which approves a Constitution. As part of this: protocols for a General Assembly.
- 2.A further pair of venue-space prototypes -
commons.hour(a public space); and a Community circle (an operational space). As part of this: protocols for each.
- 3.A platform-space prototype - the toolstack that is used by contributors in the project (BigBlueButton, the Discourse forum, gitBook, cloud storage, notifications. Etc?). As part of this:additional or amended protocols for the operational toolstack, the public toolstack and the media spaces that they support (eg forum threads, OpenCollective notifications).
- 4.A media space prototype - the members’ handbook. As part of this: protocols for public media spaces.
When this present development-project phase is completed, all of these prototypes will pass over into operational practice:
- This handbook will become the working handbook
commons.hourwill become the common deliberation space for operational and user members in stewarding the coop
- Protocols from this handbook will become the core of the Constitution
- Toolstack design outcomes will be embodied in the operational toolstack, the public toolstack and working protocols for media spaces; and
- The Community circle will join Tech, Organisation and Product circles in the sociocratic operational machinery of the coop.