During the coming months, governance is going to come back on the agenda in meet.coop. What that word means is something that I notice varying considerably among different communities - and sometimes it just comes down to ‘decision making’ in a conventional way - almost like a government does ‘decision making’ for a nation Whereas, for me, ‘governance’ - especially in a coop, and certainly in a commons - is basically about the self-organising of formations of people, to produce society, in a hands-on, operational way, thro labour contributions. It’s not a ‘parliament’. It’s not a board meeting, and board papers, or even debates.
Whatever . . because it’s current, I’d like to recommend this podcast to people here Alfredo Lopez on May First Movement Technology | Real Co-op Stories. A few weeks back, @anaulin also of social.coop, recorded this interview with Alfredo López, co-founder of MayFirst Movement Technology (both these organisations are meet.coop members). @mnoyes @freescholar @jamie
Alfredo talks about security of data, denial-of-service attacks, coop governance, annual assemblies and processes of policy decision making, relationships between user-members/board/coordination team/ops members. Etc. It’s not clear that the way meet.coop needs to run is the same as how MayFirst runs - we have different roots and memberships - but equally, the MayFirst experience and principles are definitely to be drawn on, as we get into our own working design for multistakeholder governance of a digital infrastructure?
And Alfredo is good value as a storyteller too.Enjoy