We had some conversations during the karrot weekend about sharing some of the funding we have with local foodsaving (or other) groups, we didn’t really get to a clear concept of how that would work though, so we thought to open a discussion on here to get more input.
Some of the points that came up in our discussions were:
- seems a nice way to support groups if a small amount of money will make a big difference
- we would like to enable people who are less economically advantaged to start/run groups too
- connects to wider principles of a solidarity economy where groups with more funding/money can support groups with less
- there are not actually many costs involved in running a local group, not sure what it would be for
- we don’t want to make people feel they need money to do this stuff
- if people become only motivated by receiving money, this probably won’t be enough to sustain the group
It sort of also fits in with some of our ideas on how to receive more money too (it’s not that we’ve got so much we are looking to find ways to get rid of it) so also looking at setting up clearer voluntary donation possiblities (e.g. https://opencollective.com/ or make more use of karrot's profile - Liberapay which we never really promoted).
Currently we have our monthly money meetings where we discuss who/what to pay, or anything else money related, you can read all the minutes publically (Monthly money call).
We don’t really know what groups might need money for, maybe printing flyers? or room hire?
Would love to hear thoughts on:
- if you are active in a local group, do you have needs for money? what for? how much?
- if so, how do you currently get money?
- for more established groups, do you think people in your group would be interested to donate voluntarily to the karrot project? what would be important to them to make it feel good/useful?
- … well, anything else too!
(if you’re interested deeper in things that touch this topic, I’ve been reading a bunch of stuff from the Guerrilla Media Collective lately, e.g. https://wiki.guerrillamediacollective.org/index.php/Open_Value_Cooperativism which includes much deeper, more complex ideas about value)