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The Totalism Cooperative provides very acceptable labour, to provide minimised subsistence costs of self-directed lives, typically for hackbase residents.
* The need:
Hackbase life (including all expenses) costs ~400€ / month.
There is a growing network of bases Europe-wide (Hackerspaces.org🔗Hackbases(R/W)).
To subsist, and to have maximum freedom: both as free-from, and free-to.
* Coop finds and coordinates:
* paid "freelance" work by hour for 🔗non-shitty(R/W) "clients"
* "free/open source" projects (donations, paid deployment & maintenance)
* public/foundation/etc grants (also see 🔗grants(R/W))
* "commercial project" or "commission" (=paid to research/develop/construct/...), with specified release impositions (release licenses, co-production, replicability/replicability infrastructure, supply chain standards, etc)
Types of work sketch: 🔗coop-modes(R/W).
* Coop makes sure the work is:
* meaningful and ethical (for non-destructive actors, free/open source, etc)
* challenging and a learning experience for the individuals
By mapping 🔗non-shitty(R/W) (or "relatively/least-possible-shitty") "clients" (NGOs, companies, etc), by organising grants, etc. The mutual interest of "clients" and the Coop is enhanced by the friendly rates, where "pay" at an individual rate is set around ~20€ per hour.
* In result:
People need to work ~20h / month to sustain themselves (living inside + freely moving around various hackbases). The rest of the time is free to do whatever the people want: hack on "unpaid stuff", learn, travel, do some additional work, etc.
* (...only inside bases?)
More people should live in bases, outside of typical rent relations. The definition of a base is fluid and extendable. However, it's also possible to participate from outside of bases in different ways, especially if you have existing specific living arrangements.
* Strategic screening of "clients":
Work for ethical clients only, defined as common agreement inside the cooperative. See: 🔗non-shitty(R/W). Considerations: environmental, labour-rights, political, etc. In the same way also, recursively, consider their clients (the "network effect" of economy).
* Total inclusivity:
Onboarding of new people done as clear processes, not through community deliberation.
* Cap payment at providing subsistence:
That makes getting help more accessible to aligned projects (clients), deligitimizes money as a preference, and expands the available pool of meaningful work. Expense details (for hackbases): 🔗subfinance(R/W)
* Scale > Replication:
Scale one coop, rather than replicate several "communities".
Think more like a separate economy, than a unit inside one.
For inspirations, also see 🔗commonground(R/W).
Fields of work
(This is a rough sketch, focusing too much on the technological side of the cooperative).
Software and information technology R&D:
* opensource development + support:
also see 🔗workflow(R/W)
* openhardware research and "free industry" production:
also see 🔗openhardware(R/W)
* develop for bounties
* research and overviews
* teaching and workshops
* sysadmin / infrastructure:
* fixing computers
* audio / video / tech support on events
* produce from cybernetic farming
Also see CHT🔗portfolio(R/W)!
Next steps for Cooperative
(As of September 2017, most of these have been fairly addressed, and are accessible internally).
* New "member" process:
Create template for new "member" portfolio
(Importing the CV).
* Group representation:
Think and create the infrastructure for group representation.
(Common lists, tag clouds, thoughtspaces, ...)
Set the process to identify potential "clients", and start deals with them.
That is, reorder and structure 🔗non-shitty(R/W) !
* Public Manifesto:
Rewrite this document as a clean manifesto, a common ethical "charter".
* Legal / fiscal infrastructure:
First: just use Medstroj d.o.o. (David's existing Ltd. company in Slovenia)
Incorporation in a different form, in different places etc, is a future optimisation.
* Find, establish contact, and collaborate with similar projects:
See: 🔗coop-alike(R/W) / 🔗alike(R/W).
* Specify how cooperative works with life outside of hackbases?
You: Now what?
Send a short presentation mail to email@example.com .
* your brief interests
* current work / study status
* a CV, if you have one (or more?), even if old
* general ideas about the Coop, and its postcapitalist mission
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