Commit f54ca4e2 authored by Aaron Wolf's avatar Aaron Wolf

update for now, co-op as consumer, not multi-stakeholder

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We plan to operate as a multistakeholder cooperative and follow the [principles of cooperative organizations](http://www.cdsus.coop/about/co-op-principles). Our .coop domain name is actually a [*sponsored* domain](http://www.nic.coop) available only to legitimate cooperatives.
*in progress*
[![](/assets/external/coop-marque/dot-coop-message.png)](http://www.nic.coop)
We plan to operate as a cooperative and follow the [principles of cooperative organizations](http://www.cdsus.coop/about/co-op-principles). Our .coop domain name is actually a [*sponsored* domain](http://www.nic.coop) available only to legitimate cooperatives.
## Multistakeholder
[![](/assets/external/coop-marque/dot-coop-message.png)](http://www.nic.coop)
The supply-side, producer-consumer focus of today's overall economy presents complex power struggles. Most decisions are made by producers and market-owners. A consumer's choices reflect merely the degree of competition in the market (something severely lacking in many cases). A democratic economy can work in a more balanced fashion. By directly including *all* stakeholders in decision-making, we can better address everyone's concerns. The [Snowdrift.coop pledge mechanism](mechanism) works in part to bring more power to the general public who support project work. Our co-op governance provides another essential function.
## Consumer co-op (versus alternatives)
**All co-op members must be patrons of the Snowdrift.coop project itself**. Within that, members belong to one of three different stakeholder groups:
We considered running as a multistakeholder co-op in order to assure representation from employees, projects, and patrons. However, the benefits of such an arrangement may not be worth the complexity.
* Snowdrift.coop team members — those paid to work on the site itself
* Team members of other projects
* General users who are not team members of any project
The *primary* purpose of Snowdrift.coop is to fund the production of public goods in the public interest. So we now plan to run as a consumer co-op where all members are *patrons* who fund the projects. Those members may *also* include employees of the co-op as well as team members of funded projects. And we can still take measures to assure that all diverse perspectives have some influence
Users who only patronize *other* projects (but not Snowdrift.coop itself) or who only engage with the system in non-monetary ways, will *not* have a vote in the co-op, but we still value their opinions just as a traditional businesses and institutions value all customers and partners.
Overall, the supply-side (the project producers) already have the most significant power. Our goal is to have projects serve the patrons and the rest of the general public (as opposed to the surveillance capitalism approach of serving advertisers). Our co-op structure works along with [crowdmatching](mechanism) to shift the balance of power away from our current supply-side economy and toward a more balanced, democratic economy.
**The co-op is open to all patrons of the Snowdrift.coop project itself**.
## Ownership
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## Bylaws
Our Bylaws (available in the [Legal](/legal) section) specify our specific governance as a cooperative, describing our score voting system for elections, the rights of members, membership qualifications, and more.
Our Bylaws^[unfinished at this time, early drafts in progress in the [Legal](/legal) section here] specify our governance as a cooperative, our score voting system for elections, the rights of members, membership qualifications, and more.
## Membership agreement
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