Communities Convergence, ecobasa.org and the Community-Tours joined forces for a common vision of a global Gift Economy Network for communities, organizations and people interested in the topic of eco-social sustainability.
We are striving for a healthy and sustainble society that can be a realistic alternative to the mainstream.
We think that open communities that are interconnected in a larger network, can be this alternative.
These communities form an ecosystem that provides plenty of solutions and resources. In this way the network serves a broad spectrum of human, social and environmental needs.
We believe in the sustainability of gift-economy, because it creates supportive relationships, responsability, and a culture of trust and support. This culture alone would make the world a better place.
We pioneer cultural transformation towards a healthy and sustainable human society by providing open-source blueprints for:
By doing this we are creating a global gift economy network that is decentralized, grass-roots, sharing openly and transparently solutions and resources, and is based on supportive relationships between people and projects locally. We develop scripts for interaction that enable gift-economy relationships to emerge. We wish to be both stewards and beneficiaries of this network and to empower people and projects to reach their full potential by co-creating it together.
We are are achieving our aims by growing structures and tools in feedback loops.
We build up an umbrella organization based on a sociocracy and fractal organizational design. This empowers local initiative for:
Every person agrees to be solely responsable for defining the amount of energy and time he or she brings in as well as deciding on the roles and tasks he or she undertakes. He or she is responsable for his or her own personal development, energy level and for fulfilling whatever commitments were given.
Any commitment to take a task or role should be communicated transparently to those whose tasks and roles are significantly connected. If a commitment can not be carried out in the form or at the time agreed with others this should also be communicated in good time.
If there are obstacles the responsable person will tell others about it and ask for help.
Furthermore everyone is responsable for the people around them and the place where they are.
Each person shall be supportive of others on personal and work issues to the extent of self responsible capacity. Feedback should be constructive and supportive and objections reasonable. Non-violence in communication and action as well as respect and empathy for self and others are an agreed collective practice.
We all are also responsable for the environment and Nature
Any co-creator should have access to all information about the project and how to use the organizational structure and archive about the activity of any circle and about activity that afects his own. Co-werkers Co-workers are responsable for making this possible and effective. Transparency can be of needs, budget, feelings, information etc.
A willingness to be approachable and to listen objectively: To consider alternatives and to try to include all healthy interests involved. It also refers to receiving and giving feedback: Open for change, for new people, spontaneous impulses and critique.
We practice awareness and fair use of different types of power such as levels of skills, abilities, influence, status, roles, as well as sex, age, personal experience, tolerance to stress, energy levels and others.
Collaboration is the art of many working together as One.
It differs from cooperation. Cooperation is a voluntary arrangement in which you engage with others in a mutually beneficial exchange. Collaboration entails removing the personal self from the equation and allowing the Spirit to flow through you so that the Spirit guides the group’s activities.
The Gift-Economy-Network is a fractal organization.
This means that semi-autonomous groups/circles are collaborating by creating additional circles for types of work that they all need in order to save resources and energy and to get better results by exchanging experience and combining capacity. Every circle can freely form sub-circles.
The ‘operating system’ used to animate the fractal organizational structure is Sociocracy 3.0/Dynamic Governance.
The project groups are: ecobasa, Community-Tours, Communities-Convergence, (Tour Groups + Convergence Groups)
General Work-groups: Fundraising, Outreach, Membership and Hearts and Souls
Overall Coordination is possible through the Strategy and Operation circle which is formed by Operations coordinators and preferably also elected representatives from all circles.
Other communities and organizations can plug into the Gift Economy Network by designated Gift Economy Ambassadors that may join circles of the fractal organization and represent their home-group in the Convergences, Community-Tours and the online platform ecobasa.
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We never wanted to reinvent the wheel and reached out to similar networks and platforms from the start. We ended up developing our own open-source framework, but we are networking every year with our partner networks. We are an aspiring thematic network member of GEN-Europe and in exchange with NuMundo. We want do foster a collaborative culture of mutual support, so for us there is no competition. We are happy to discuss a co-development of our open-source code, sharing the costs and mutually benefitting from the new developments.