Participants: Bruno, Joakim, Katie, Nick
- Explanation Stage 1 - Defining the Challenge - #2 by bruno
We want Karrot to:
- encourage participation
- create accountability
- facilitate in-person meetings/decision-making and not conflict with it
- sanction behavior that goes against group’s rules
Facilitate taking responsibility in completely voluntary groups while avoiding positions of power?
Nick: To have a general purpose non-capitalist community organising platform that can support and encourage groups to use democratic governance processes that are informed by, but also inform, theoretical models.
Nick: In someways we end up needing to remake all of society - e.g. to support the peoples lives who design and build the tool. How to respect the autonomy of the groups to organise as they wish without dominating them with our ideology. Karrot design and development should be accountable and informed the experience of actual groups.
Online/offline tension: Groups are sovereign but we should facilitate rather than dictate their processes. Voting and decision-making outside of meetings: Karrot doesn’t understand what happens offline
Philosophy on avoiding hierarchy - should we be clear?
Power vs responsibility: Foodsharing.de positions of responsibility become power quite quickly
Joakim: it’s very easy to get in a power position. Develop feature in Karrot when someone has too much power
Katie: Lift voices of those who don’t speak and take space. Idea: The trust Karrot system - could we flip that on its head to encourage people to participate?
This process started thinking about governing bad behaviour and now the conversation has changed to encouraging positive behaviour and participation
Consider changes in governance as groups scale
- Write a summary of our discussion (Bruno)
- Do the homework of writing a long-term goal and questions
- Maybe start the map when we’re done with the above
- Get a BBB instance (Nick)