Build Your Community
A roadmap and a set of open and accessible tools to grow a community of committed actors.
If you want to engage members in governance and get real participation you have to define clear roles and functions.
First ask yourself some basic questions:
The answers to these questions will guide you in defining your approach to governance.
Then you have to structure your organization. Some aspects to be taken into consideration are:
Based on these elements you will be able to define the actual rules that will govern your activities.
That could include a presidency, a board of directors, an advisory board, rules about voting, rules about membership,a code of ethics, as well as other internal structures and regulations.
You can use the Community Toolkit Governance map to define these elements.
For more information and inspiration about this topic check Governance: an introduction by Co-ops UK and Sociocracy 3.0 | Effective Collaboration At Any Scale
Legislation about business forms varies depending on the country.
Parameters you need to take into consideration:
If you want to found a cooperative enterprise you can count on the support of local federations to navigate the legal aspects and access to training and facilitations. Have a look at the list of members of Cooperatives Europe to find an organisation near you.