Membership policy

Membership policy

§1 Karrot Team

  1. Karrot is an open-source digital tool developed to support communities, initiatives and grassroots projects in their organising and daily activities. On Karrot we describe such communities as Karrot groups since to use Karrot they have to create a digital group.
  2. The Karrot team is responsible for the digital tool Karrot and consists of its members.
  3. The Karrot team is responsible for stewarding the development of Karrot, coordinating, conducting and delegating tasks, creating community engagement and promoting participation in the project. It keeps the project alive, intentional and aligned with its visions and values.

§2 Membership

  1. Karrot team members make decisions within their area of responsibility. Decisions are made by consent. Consent is reached when there is no reasoned objection to a proposal. We work together to integrate objections. To guide well-informed and responsible decision-making, the Karrot team seeks input from the community, i.e. members of Karrot groups.
  2. Karrot team members have different focus areas e.g. organizational or technical. We encourage members to meet regularly. Also we do want to ensure a sense of connection within the Karrot team.

§3 Becoming a Member

  1. Membership is granted by consent of current members present in a meeting. The meeting and the proposal need to be announced beforehand.
  2. Team members can be found on the forum (Karrot Community | People) and the link to this page can also be found at the About component on Karrot itself. This information will also be visible in the description of our Karrot group ‘Karrot Team & Feedback’.
  3. In order to become a member we look for certain qualities, such as:
  • the ability to cooperate with others, both within and outside the team, by means of listening, empathy and respect
  • a sense of service to the community, meaning you’re willing to help other members and the community at large that Karrot is meant for
  • proactivity, meaning being able to take the initiative and engage in a self-organised environment
  • humility and vulnerability, meaning you will not always know everything and that you are able to ask for help from others when needed
  1. We value a broad range of technical and non-technical skills and experiences that can contribute to Karrot’s mission. To name a few: programming, designing, critical thinking, community organising, academic knowledge, meeting and process facilitation, writing.
  2. There are other ways of participating and contributing to Karrot that do not necessarily entail being part of the Karrot team, so let’s have a chat to find out what suits you best!

§4 End of Membership

  1. There are two ways to stop being part of the Karrot team:
    a) either by resignation
    b) by all other members consenting on a proposal to stop someone’s membership (the latter in case of conflict unresolved by other means).

§5 Future of Governance

  1. We are experimenting with sociocracy as a governance model. In the future we might develop several circles e.g. General circle, Tech circle and Mission circle.
  2. Last but not least, Karrot is a living community tech project and we are constanly looking for ways to make it more sustainable. One of our future directions is to experiment with the idea of Karrot as a Community Supported Software, i.e. a digital coop where developers/designers and users are members of one organisation through which they co-own and co-manage the project. Community Supported Softwaree draws inspiration from the model of Community Supported Agriculture.

Consent on 2023-10-17