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Monday, November 6, 2017
The Mycelium Model of Glocal Governance - Argumentation

Argumentation:

1. Core Values

We trust the open processes that the model affords and distrust the closed processes of existing structures which are bound by bureaucracy and secrecy. The value system of humanity we believe to be intrinsically good and aimed at what is the better and the right course of action for all, for all life on the planet.

2. Decision-Making Capacity

In our case our process happens before the decision happens and happens ahead of time. It speeds up the process, because those participating in the decision making can take the outcomes into account, therefore it makes the decision making process faster and is likely to increase the quality of the outcomes. Ideally, decision makers will feel that there is no decision to make because of it being clear what needs to be done.

3. Effectiveness

With a Mycelium governance culture, it is more likely that implementation of decisions within societies and within decision making structures are met with less resistance because the process of agreement has already been dealt with through through the awareness for what consensus exists in society. If a community is more committed to the course of action, then it is easier to implement such action.

4. Resources and Financing

At its fundamental level, the Mycelium model is a self-empowered, decentralized, bottom up governance structure for which the resources can be obtained without top down aid. The most important support that it can receive would be to not expend top down resources to try to suppress its emergence. Ideally, a broad consensus in the United Nations general assembly would encourage nation states to have a supportive attitude towards the emergence of a Mycelium governance culture.

As the action of moving forward with manifesting changes happens outside the Mycelium governance structures themselves, the existing and emerging governance structure will have or will obtain the required resources for implementing change through their existing means. If anything, these changes, due to them being supported with larger awareness in society, will have an easier time to obtain required resources and financing in a matter that is equitable and fair.

5. Trust and Insight

This model gives back the power into the hands of the people, by empowering them through the collective awareness. People will regognize themselves to be a sovereign part of the manifestation of change. They will feel responsible to maintain and increase the quality of the governance processes and hence its transparency. The outcomes of these processes are shared with everyone in the society and fears are overcome with truth. This in turn will strengthen the emerging Mycelium culture of governance to itself become a strong web of trust.

As part of that, transparency about the groups that gather, the processes they use and the way the outcomes are shared are important meta data of the outcomes themselves, essential for that web of trust. Because this governance model is decentralized and bottom up, it will self regulate in this regard.

6. Flexibility

A Mycelium governance culture, like a mycelium in nature, is highly adaptive to the evolving environment around it. In many ways, it is a meta governance structure to old governance structures that exist and new ones that emerge. Hence, it itself has less of a need to change. The ever evolving parts are the tools and best practices that are used to continuously improve the quality of the different processes in the Mycelium governance cycle. Continues and divers improvement and evolution of these parts is an integral part of the model and is self regulating.

7. Protection against the Abuse of Power.

The Mycelium model is based on sharing consensus and raising awareness in society and doesn't make or implement ANY decisions. Since it itself does not have any power to manifest the change, it can not overstep its mandate. By separating the awareness and the implementation processes we create natural checks and balances that prevent abuses of power from happening. Through the increased awareness in society, the model also serves to make abuse of power in other existing or emerging governance structures less likely.

8. Accountability.

The accountablilty of those that implement projects and manifest change, as well as of those that make decisions in existing governance structures, is not impacted or changed in any way by the Mycelium governance culture. Through the higher awareness in society, the accountability in these other governance structures, as well as the accountability of anybody manifesting change or trying to prevent it, will tend to increase due to the Mycelium governance culture.

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The Summer Camps experience of St-Imier 2017

FairCoop is beginning to consolidate its new form of organization. Finally, thanks to the work of the last Summer Camps (in Décentrale, Mont Soleil, Switzerland, with the help of Synergiehub and SCI Schweiz), a new operating scheme has emerged, which we will detail in our next post. There, in Jura, we spent eight weeks of intense work in which we approached different aspects related to the FairCoop ecosystem. Two months of pleasant cohabitation and a continuous flow of ideas whose development we describe below.

July 30th – August 13rd

Introduction to FairCoop ecosystem. How to create a local node in your region

The first FairCoop camp introduced dozens of young people from all over the world (Ukraine, Mexico, Spain, Czech, Russia, Italy, Ethiopia) to the principles of permaculture, self-empowerment, synergy, solidarity, cooperatives, alternative economies in general, citizen journalism, democratic schools, etc… Working on building the dome, yurt, wood chopping, renovation of the veranda was an important part of learning how to self-organize and share the values of community life.

At first, the camp was “chaotic”, according to the participants; later realizing that the “chaos” was part of the order they needed to establish with their hosts. Intensive work outside and inside the house, in the kitchen, promoting diversity and vegetarian food, weekend trips to lakes and mountain houses, and cities around Jura, was all part of the plan for them to learn and enjoy as much as they can during this process.

Young people were surprised that everybody was equal, in the sense that there were no classic representative authorities like owners, leaders, teachers… They often didn’t understand everything that was part of the workshops and lectures, as a complex study of theory and praxis of subjects like permaculture, anarchy, cooperatives, blockchain and cryptocurrency economics, protesting at first that there was too much information. Participants were slowly introduced to communicating on Telegram, installing FairCoin wallets, buying some FairCoin, spending some in the Espace Noir bar in St. Immier, and learning a lot about how differences can be peacefully harmonized in a diverse group of people.

It was interesting that one of the “conclusions” of the people participating in first of four summer camps dedicated to further development of FairCoop, was that they witnessed the movement needed to change the world away from its current capitalist system.

August 16th – August 23rd

Blockchain for women

During the 3rd week of August, a meeting of women took place to learn and reflect on this new technology. It was a great opportunity to meet, live together and learn both from Blockchain and the need to readjust everyone’s expectations when we want to move forward in a group towards a common goal. Women from diverse backgrounds, knowledge and expectations, embarked on the task of self-organizing both at the academic and logistical levels, with diverse results. The experience was certainly very enriching.

In addition to the enormous and worrisome gender and class gap that this new technology is generating, we learned some of the enormous possibilities that will emerge in the immediate future from it. Complicated but exciting, we understood how the FairCoop ecosystem uses this technological opportunity to generate value and support the creation of a fairer world. We also set about creating a space for the study of crypto trading and its intricacies, in order to contribute from a female/feminist perspective.

No less important was the realization that neglecting to care for each other and to consciously generate spaces for exchange and reflection – on what we want, and how we want to do things – leads us time after time to ways of doing that constrict us. A true reflection of what we have to do in our daily lives is needed, if we really want to organise from below and cooperatively – without anyone having to direct or supervise anyone else. Also if we want cooperative spaces really to be cooperative, so that in spite of the individualistic and hierarchical culture in which we have been raised, we are able to create spaces where we are all able to give the best of ourselves, and so take care of both people and the planet.

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Open cooperative work and glocal governance
August 23 – September 6

FairCoop ecosystem open cooperative work

This module was intended more for people already experienced in the FairCoop ecosystem, and had as its goal the refinement and development of the already existing FairCoop protocols and ways of organising, plus some new additions to these.

The workshop welcomed to Mont Soleil people from Switzerland, France, Austria, Catalonia/Spain, Argentina, Greece, Italy, South Africa, Philippines… and we were particularly happy to have some people from Bakur in Kurdistan (Turkish state), who had come to learn about merging their own style of self-organised cooperativism with our own.

The focus of this summer camp was to develop five areas of open cooperative work. This areas are: welcome, communication, common management, circular economy and tech. In each one of the areas an assembly was created that is now taking care of the priorities of the area, and defining tasks to be done and paid for in a fair and open way – simplifing the way in which any participant of the ecosystem has the opportunity to be rewarded based on the time spent in doing useful tasks.


A common budget was proposed (and approved later on in the September FairCoop assembly), in order to begin this innovative and inclusive method of collaboration. Most of the areas also activated roles of facilitators who will help the development of the assemblies and tasks, and some subareas were also introduced, looking forward to an even more decentralized open coop structure. We also learnt about dynamising assemblies and scrum/agile techniques, and applying these to the newly formed Areas of FairCoop.

We concentrated quite heavily on the new Circular Economy Area, intended to increase participation in FairCoop at a local level, and this does seem to have been successful, judging by the number of new Local Nodes which have been formed since the Summer Camp. We also worked a lot on the Welcome Area, Media and Communication, and Tech areas.

We couldn’t have left Jura without paying for beers in Faircoin at the fantastic Espace Noir bar, and the walk down from Mont Soleil to St. Imier was as much of a highlight as getting the cable car back up!

We really feel that the Summer Camp was a massive injection of energy into the project, and we unblocked some longstanding issues which allowed us to move the whole thing up to another level. This process is ongoing since then and we will be seeing the results soon. It was also great fun to meet everyone who we may up until then have only known ‘virtually’. FairCoop is all about building trust and community, unlike many other ‘crypto’ projects which are focused on individualism, so it was vital to be able to interact face-to-face and in person with the other people building the project. There was a lot of cooking and cleaning, and also a Fair bit of dancing and laughing!


September 7 – September 22

Developing a model of glocal governance

Beyond just the immediate steps of developing the organizational structure of the FairCoop projects for the next phase of the next months and years, we looked at ways to scale a governance culture to society at large. A governance culture that embraces autonomy and gives authoritative answers to what we collectively want to consent to doing.

People from Switzerland, Finland, Spain, South Africa, Austria and Greece were involved in this part of the summer camp. We focused on collecting various governance best practices such as the Constellation Model, Sociocracy 3.0 and Occupy-Style Open Assemblies.

The governance structure that resulted from these workshops is one that aims to be parallel to other governance structures. It does not aim to replace them. It is complementary to them. It has, however, the inherent power to transform them or to bring about new structures that make old ones obsolete. It is glocal, translocal in nature. It is decentralised, powered through the interdependent participation of local and translocal random groups of people.

This governance culture does not make decisions. Its function is to facilitate awareness of current consensus in society. Once collective realization arises, there should be no need for making “decisions”. However, where decisions are made in other parallel governance structures, this collective realization is taken into account as part of agreeing on the chosen path forward. We defined ways to implement such a glocal governance culture that can be taken into account as we move forward.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017
St-Imier Gatherings 2017: July 30 - September 22


This years Beau-Sejour gatherings will stretch over 7 weeks of hands-on FairCoop related social permaculture workshops!


July 30 – August 13

Introduction to FairCoop ecosystem. How to create a local node in your region.

There are 12 places available for activists who wants to learn about FairCoop ecosystem and extend in their region. Priority for people coming from places where there are no local nodes.
You can see the current local nodes list, here: fair.coop
More info about Faircoop here www.fair.coop
More info about what is a local node here: fair.coop

Register yourself right now (last chance).



August 14-15

Glocal Governance Brainstorming

Glocal Governance, mixing the mycelium model, the constellation model, sociocracy in a federated culture. This is a pre-session to the more extensive work that will be done on the topic during the weeks from September 7th to the 22nd.

Register yourself before August 6th.



August 16 – August 23

Blockchain for women

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are powerful technologies who already are changing the world; in this context their early adopters are getting more economic and political power for shaping how the future will be. Again women are heavily misrepresented amongst these early adopters. This further creates more inequalities, adding to the burden of already present inequalities in the world today amongst genders.
As FairCoop, we want to fight this gender divide in blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies, both at the technological and economical level. Based in the FairCoin and FairCoop framework, in this summer camp we are going to share as much as we can to facilitate a more gender balanced participation about this topics.
There are 24 places available for female activists who want to learn about blockchain and FairCoin.

Register yourself before August 6th.



August 23 – September 6

FairCoop ecosystem open cooperative work

Lets reorganize FairCoop and prepare the ecosystem for the challenges of the next period.
The FairCoop ecosystem has been growing during the last year in projects, services, nodes, expansion to many places, and more forms of participation. At the same time, the budget dedicated to global tasks has remained at quite a flat level, creating a big load of work amongst few people, at the same time, many people who has been ready to contribute, had the limitations of doing it only as volunteers, needing to look outside for having incomes. Meanwhile. in the last months the FairCoin value has been growing a lot, providing more funding capacity to the FairCoop ecosystem.
We have big challenges coming up, and need to organize ourselves better! Summer is good time for diving deep into an internal reorganization for getting ready for the next period.
There are 24-30 places available for activist higly motivated to participate in the open cooperative work of FairCoop, both at global and local level. It is possible to come for one week or for the whole two weeks.
Activists developing autonomous projects connected to the FairCoop ecosystem are also welcome!

Register yourself before August 13th.



September 7 – September 22

Developing a Model of Glocal Governance

Let’s answer the call to for the Global Challenge with a proposal to a glocal model of governance in the spirit of grassroots local autonomy and global federated cooperation. We will focus during these days in September on collecting various governance best practices such as the Constellation Model, Sociocracy 3.0 and Occupy-Style Open Assemblies and combine them with the results from a series of work sessions on the topic we’ve done this year, including something we called the Mycelium Model of Glocal Governance. By the end of this work camp, we aim to have a finished, presentable proposal for a new governance best practice that can be followed as a model, at any scale, from local initiatives to global movements. A governance culture that embraces autonomy and gives authoritative answers to what we collectively want to consent to doing. Do you feel up to the challenge? You are welcome to take part!

Register yourself before August 28th.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Come to GAS - St-Imier, Switzerland - September 16-18, 2016


You are invited to come to GAS 2016, St-Imier Switzerland, where we want to co-create a culture inspired by permaculture principles.

On the weekend of September 16-18 we will meet for the 5th time in the tradition of our Beau-Sejour gatherings. This year we want to gather our abundant energies to power something we are calling a "synergy hub" and change the world together.

We will also celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Occupy movement on September 17th. The occupy movement has brought about a solid network that is collaboratively building towards nothing less than a new and better society.

With the synergy hub network, we are setting up a platform available to you and your projects to connect locally and globally with like-minded people. GAS 2016 is an opportunity to self-organize and coordinate this powerful cultural change that we are igniting this autumn.

Whether you are a change maker or want to become one, whether you are Occupy, Transition, Maker, Hacker, Peer-to-peer, Next Edge, Edgeryder, anarcho-this or anarcho-that, social entrepreneur, artist, philanthropist, guerrilla gardener, insider, outsider, this-activist or that-activist, this call is a personal invitation to you.

Fill in the registration form to join us this September on Mont-Soleil, above St-Imier, in the Jura mountains of Switzerland.

For GAS16, we will bridge together offline and online participation. So, you can also sign up to join us online via tools such as Telegram, Zoom and Trello.


When:
16th, 17th, 18th September 2016

Where:
La Décentrale, Mont Soleil, Switzerland
Map and directions

Participation is limited. Reservation required.
Accommodation available upon request.
Please contact:
gatherings@st-imier.org
+41 329 41 41 41
st-imier.org

Registration fee:
Friday through Sunday: 1200 Faircoins or CHF/EUR 64.-
Sunday only: 300 Faircoins or CHF/EUR 16.-
Limited, conditional sponsorships available.
Registration form


Preliminary program:

Friday, September 16

10h (optional)
Open Space sessions for development of Workshop topics

16h - 18h (everybody)
Last arrivals of participants.

18h - 19h
Buffet Canadien

19h - 20h
Short presentation of the proposed topics, followed by forming groups of participants for Saturday’s workshops.

20h - 23h
Film in the Salle Principale:
Fall and Winter (English with Spanish subtitles)

Film on the upper floor:
En quête de sens (French with German subtitles)

Both films followed by open discussion.

Saturday, September 17

10h - 19h
Open Space workshops in the working groups developed together on Friday

Followed by the evening meal and a full moon night around the fire, celebrating the 5th Occupy anniversary with a healthy dose of music

Sunday, September 18

10h - 12h
Presentation of workshop results and directions

12h - 14h
Gathering Meal

14h (open end)
Open invitation to gather for informal sharing, with acoustic music.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015
Decentralise Now Gathering for the 99%


On the 17th of September 2015, the fourth anniversary of the birth of the Occupy movement, you are invited to come as you are to “the Mountain of the Sun” and join the first Decentralise Now gathering on Mont-Soleil, Switzerland.

We need to synergise our efforts to become more effective in creating a new reality, a new world, a new way. It is time to “Occupy the World“ and create an alliance of the alternatives. This is a call for alliance!

We do not sit idly by whilst we see countries being economically water-boarded by the banks. We cannot ignore the pressures on everyday people that these austerity measures have created. There is another way.

We are prepared for a wave of synergism that decentralises the power structures. It is time to create a culture of self-empowerment, synergy and symbiosis between each other and nations.

We are the people - we are the 99%

Whether you already are a change maker or want to become one, whether you are Occupy, Anonymous, Transition, Maker, Greens, Pirate, Podemos, Permaculture, Rainbow, Hacker, Open Source, Electronic Frontier, Commons, New Edge, Edgeryder, Danach, Neustart, Anti-WEF, Panarchy, anarcho-this or anarcho-that, social entrepreneur, artist, philanthropist, guerrilla gardener, insider, outsider, this-activist or that-activist, or just somebody that is aware - this call for alliance is to you.

It is time. Join us to Decentralise Now. In St-Imier, the home of anarchism... where it all began in 1872. We gather on the 17th of September to move ahead. The main event will be an intense collaboration and exchange that weekend, from Friday evening at 19:00 to Sunday at 17:00. This is an open ended gathering. We will continue beyond that weekend and you can join us at any time.

You are also able to participate online, if you can’t join us at the Décentrale on Mont-Soleil, Switzerland.

WHEN : SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2015
WHERE: DECENTRALE, MONT SOLEIL, ST-IMIER, SWITZERLAND

We intend to make this event prix-libre. We will need your financial support. Please expect to expend what you can afford to pay for such an event. If you can give more, please do. If you know people that might be able to make a financial contribution, please encourage them to do so.

Sign up and find more details here on the website decentralisenow.org, as they become available.

facebook.com/groups/decentralisenow
twitter.com/decentralisenow

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