Open Coop Work. The new way of organizing inside FairCoop

FairCoop is experimenting with a new form of organization that emerged from reflections and ideas of the recent Summer Camp. The rapid growth of the ecosystem meant that we had to rethink our way of organizing. More people dedicated to the project were needed, who could find a way both to collaborate and be financially rewarded for the time invested. The alternative seemed unfeasible. So far, there had been just a few people taking on heavy workloads, and many others who wanted to collaborate but didn’t know how to do it, or needed to find a livelihood outside the ecosystem.

Many hours of volunteer work have made it possible for us to reach the point where we are now. However, the growth of the FairCoop community and the corresponding increase of the value of our currency has put us in a position where collaborations can now be fairly remunerated when necessary. We have tried to find a  scalable system in order to be able to respond to our growing needs in an open, fair, decentralized, horizontal and transparent way.

This is what the Open Coop Work (OCW) is about, a space where we can:
– Enhance and develop FairCoop’s ecosystem at a greater level of participation and collaboration among the people involved.
– Maintain a fully decentralized and transparent way of working in an efficient and collective manner, to help with FairCoop’s various tasks.
Distribute the value created inside the ecosystem to its participants by accounting their contribution in a fair and non-bureaucratic way.

In this way, the workspace for the whole ecosystem is now divided into 5 main areas:  Welcome, Media & Communication, Circular Economy, Commons Management and Technology Development. Each of these areas has the autonomy to organize further and choose the most suitable tools and ways of organising to become productive, within a certain level of coordination and coherence. And any member of the ecosystem can join one or more areas and take any task. We have the necessary tools to manage all of this in a horizontal and transparent way.

Besides that, every area has a facilitator, a role whose main purpose is to facilitate the work and the people involved, in a way that the whole area’s activities are fluent and smoothly accomplished. This is not a role that creates any kind of superiority over other participants. Only the assembly of each area may take decisions that affect its organization and work plan, while the Facilitator should encourage the realization of any collective decision. The need to keep these OCW areas space clear of any hierarchical structure is essential.

Despite this new way of organization in the OCW,  we must keep in mind that these areas do not substitute, in any way, the importance and function of the previously existing FairCoop groups. A specific assembly of one group might decide to integrate into an area, but still, the meaning of the group would remain the same. Each FairCoop group must serve as an open and democratic space where everyone is able to participate equally in its decision process, while cooperating freely with other people that share the same group’s interest.

The OCW overall plan is considered a breakthrough in terms of organizing FairCoop’s work on a more stable basis, which will enable free and willing collaborations, empower commitment and the sharing of a common budget. It is therefore a plan that will provide a significant boost to the ecosystem; especially now that our common value is raising consistently we need to take advantage of that by expanding to a whole new dimension. The challenge is out there for all of us to grasp and participate even more actively in this amazing journey that’s been going on succesfully for 3 years now!

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