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.hour has four core intentions . .
To design and initiate:
  1. 1.
    The constitution of - leading to formal incorporation as a coop
  2. 2.
    commons.hour - an ongoing regular periodic public venue for multistakeholder stewarding of the commons
  3. 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.hour itself, this includes a multistakeholder General Assembly and a Community circle of operational members; and
  4. 4.
    A coop handbook.
These are prototyped in the commons.hour project as, respectively:
  1. 1.
    A venue-space prototype - the initial General Assembly of, which approves a Constitution. As part of this: protocols for a General Assembly.
  2. 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. 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. 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.hour will 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.