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Re: [board-discuss] Agenda for TDF board meeting on Friday, August 14th at 1300 Berlin time (UTC+2)

Hi Kevin,

thanks for sharing your idea, sounds interesting, if I understood it right it is the "Genossenschaft" you are mentioning?

It is worth to think about and value it if such an organisation could help to full fill the solution for handling app store activities and get more code contributions financed, under control of TDF.

What about discussing the idea in the public part of the meeting tomorrow, are you available there? I would love to have your full name then to ask you in the meeting to say a few sentence about the idea.

Thanks again, hopefully speaking tomorrow a bit about the idea, all the best
Lothar Becker

Am 13.08.2020 um 16:19 schrieb Kev M:
I'm guessing based on the information provided in the titles that the TDF is looking to set up a The Document "Co-operative/Corporation".
If it is the case you're setting up a business entity, may I strongly plead towards setting up a multi-stakeholder platform co-operative instead of a corporation?
1) CIB, Collabora, etc. would have equal voting rights as organization members
2) Donor/subscribers would have voting rights as personal members.
3) TDF/TDC staff would have voting rights as worker members.
The weighting of votes could be determined by contributions, so maybe (60% org weight, 30% member weight, 10% worker weight).
Trebor Scholz, a german professor at The New School in NYC is a proponent of platform co-ops and would likely be quite interested in helping out.
There are a lot of other platform co-op enthusiasts that would likely help with this work as well, it would help with task 3113 (though I don't know why Heiko is so resistant against creating an online forum like Discourse considering the community is clamouring for it.)

There are also lots of resources online with templates, etc. to set up a co-operative organization; in Europe the ICA (Belgium), CICOPA (Italy), etc. would be excited to help I would imagine.

This also would be a potential revenue stream as voting membership could be set as an annual requirement to maintain good standing. Consider that - a media co-op in Berlin, is purely funded by it's members, despite the availability of free news around the world and states.

If you'd be interested in going in this direction I'd be happy to provide some volunteer time to assist in creation/governance.


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