The Cooperacy governance is the way participants take decisions according to cooperation science. Cooperacy is based on this governance, but you can apply it to any group or organisation you may participate in. The Cooperacy governance is based on few principles.
The Cooperacy governance is made of modules, that can have submodules. Every module is based on the most simple form of cooperation: two or more people doing something together. Every module should have two coordinators, that may be changed anytime upon the participants’ will or after their resignation. Anybody can candidate for the coordination anytime.
Coordinators have the right to take direct decisions. Only when their decision is publicly communicated it becomes effective. When they are in contrast or unsure about what decision to take, coordinators can ask advice to the participants or start a voting phase.
Participants can propose decisions as well through voting or asking the coordinators for direct approval. The coordinators have no right to vote when they are the voting main subject.
Participants may also oppose the coordinators decisions. If it's just one of them, the opposition is recorded or, when possible, proportionally and creatively integrated. If the opposing participants are at least two1, the coordinators should proportionally and creatively integrate the opposition according to the seven solutions or alternatively start a voting phase.
Cooperacy is a design democracy, that is, the modules vote ideas first, people afterwards. So decisions are voted independently from the people who will enact them, as they will be chosen on a second step. The voting is anonymous during its voting phase, but becomes transparent once the results are shown.
The decision making is based on approval voting, that is, everyone may vote with a single vote all the ideas or alternative decisions they want. If there is not a clear orientation2 after the voting phase, the participants leave their choice to the coordinators. They may also choose with the coordinators which one of the seven possible solutions to apply for the realization of the module’s will:
- Turns or experimentations, starting from the most voted
- Give a definite time to test the previous situation and then vote again
- Change the context and pleasantness of the context or the voting process and vote again
- Retrieve more information, listen to all the people positions and decide again
- Separate the module in new ones, splitting eventual budgets
- Evaluate things through data, common values or objective criterias and vote again
- Integrate creatively the different solutions or give them specific roles
1: DUAL COORDINATION The idea of a coordinating pair came up in order to avoid power to be concentrated in just one person, that receives huge responsibilities and is alone in facing them, or in more than two people, that may generate internal conflictual groups or collusions.
2: VOTING IS INFORMATIVE The voting results are indicators of the participants will, they do not explicitly determine a final decision, because winning and losing the voting process is substituted by proportional creative integration.