The Cooperacy governance is the way participants take decisions in Cooperacy, according to cooperation science insights.


The Cooperacy governance is made of cooperations, that can also be containers. The main cooperation container is Cooperacy itself. Every cooperation is based on the most simple form of cooperation: two or more people doing something together.
It is advised every cooperation should have two coordinators and a maximum of 150 people. They may also decide to elect everyone as coordinator to experiment diffuse governance.
Anytime, coordinators may resign, can be substituted upon the cooperation participants’ will or candidates may propose themselves to become coordinators.


Coordinators may take direct decisions in their cooperation. 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, remembering voting is never subject to majority but represents an official evaluation that needs to be integrated.

Participants can propose decisions as well through voting evaluation or asking the coordinators for direct approval.
Participants may also oppose the coordinators decisions. 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 evaluation.

If just a single participant proposes or opposes, but nobody secondes, the single instance is recorded or, when possible, but not always, proportionally and creatively integrated.


Cooperacy is a design democracy: we vote cooperation ideas first, people afterwards. Decisions are voted independently from the people who will enact them, as they will be chosen on a second step.

The voting can be anonymous during the voting phase, but becomes transparent once the results are shown. All voting evaluation results are transparent.

The decision making is based on approval voting, that is, everyone may vote with a single vote all the cooperation ideas or alternative decisions they want. If there is not a clear orientation2 after the voting evaluation, the participants may want to 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 cooperation’s will.

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. Collective coordination is also possible, although roles could emerge anyways.
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 evaluation and proportional creative integration.