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* **Clarity:** Facilitate strong and clear communication around your offerings and core values. Create a ladder of engagement for the purpose of empowering members around co-ownership, leadership, and responsibility. The earlier you can define members' roles and emphasize their level of commitment, the more assured your members and core partners may feel.
* **Trust:** Build trust within your organization to increase loyalty and engagement among members and core partners. It will be difficult to be everything to everyone. 1) Recognize the nature of your member-base; if they are mostly international, allow for participation in voting and web-based meetings based on remote positioning and convenience to their time zone. 2) Record and send out online meetings, creating open discussion forums and providing a variety of ways in which your members can communicate their needs and opinions to you. 3) Develop tools to increase accessibility and transparency around important stakeholder information, and show your members how to engage with your platform.
* **Collaborative effort for collective success:** Understand that people respond differently to different kinds of communication. Some will want to dominate much of the activity or conversation on the platform. Spot the need to activate or incentivize many members to engage based on their preference or ability so that the contribution of value and insight is more fairly distributed.
* **Use your users:** In any early stage of a startup or software project, the best test group for your product is your members; give room for critical feedback as a chance to listen, learn, and improve. This will also cultivate an environment of oppeness and transparency at every level of the process, while also retaining the agility and autonomy that the development team needs.
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*A special thanks to the participants in this discussion: Brian Young (executive director and founder, Action Network), Martha Grant (product manager, Action Network), Alanna Irving (team member, Open Collective; co-founder, Enspiral and Loomio), Chris Tittle (director of organizational resilience, Sustainable Economies Law Center), Margaret Vincent (senior counsel, Stocksy United).*
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* Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider (eds.), _Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet_ (OR Books, 2016)
* Nathan Schneider, "An Internet of Ownership: Democratic Design for the Online Economy," _The Sociological Review_ 66, no. 2 (March 2018)
* Nathan Schneider, _Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy_ (Nation Books, 2018)
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* [Project bibliography](https://www.zotero.org/groups/2198473/medlab/items/collectionKey/ZHIG3424)
*Supported through project funds available through a Luce Foundation grant to CU Boulder's Center on Media, Religion and Culture.*
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## Related
* Open letter from CU Boulder faculty: "[CMCI Faculty Agree: Local News Matters](https://www.colorado.edu/cmci/localnewsmatters)"
*Supported by grants from the Brett Family Foundation and the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement.*
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Through employee stock-ownership plans (ESOPs), millions of Americans experience the benefits of being co-owners of their workplaces. But employment is only one kind of economic relationship that can be strengthened with co-ownership trusts. Louis Kelso, the inventor of the ESOP, also imagined other SOPs, including a consumer stock-ownership plan (CSOP). In an era when fixed employment may be in decline, perhaps the time is right to revisit the CSOP proposal.
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*Supported by a Louis Kelso Fellowship from Rutgers University's [Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing](https://smlr.rutgers.edu/content/institute-study-employee-ownership-and-profit-sharing).*
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<p><em>by Katy Fetters</em></p>
<p><img src="https://cmci.colorado.edu/assets/fetters-wave.jpg" style="float:right; width:50%; padding:10px;" />Those of us looking to shape our enterprises with methods for collective governance and shared ownership are led to ask: <em>What can collective governance look like? What shape does that take? What are some of the challenges and freedoms presented in this model?</em></p>
<p>We spoke with several cooperative-minded experts who offered their insight into these questions, as part of a collaboration with the Action Network, a nonprofit online mobilization platform whose team is seeking to further democratize its operations. Here are a few takeaways from our discussion:</p>
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<li><strong>Clarity:</strong> Facilitate strong and clear communication around your offerings and core values. Create a ladder of engagement for the purpose of empowering members around co-ownership, leadership, and responsibility. The earlier you can define members’ roles and emphasize their level of commitment, the more assured your members and core partners may feel.</li>
<li><strong>Trust:</strong> Build trust within your organization to increase loyalty and engagement among members and core partners. It will be difficult to be everything to everyone. 1) Recognize the nature of your member-base; if they are mostly international, allow for participation in voting and web-based meetings based on remote positioning and convenience to their time zone. 2) Record and send out online meetings, creating open discussion forums and providing a variety of ways in which your members can communicate their needs and opinions to you. 3) Develop tools to increase accessibility and transparency around important stakeholder information, and show your members how to engage with your platform.</li>
<li><strong>Collaborative effort for collective success:</strong> Understand that people respond differently to different kinds of communication. Some will want to dominate much of the activity or conversation on the platform. Spot the need to activate or incentivize many members to engage based on their preference or ability so that the contribution of value and insight is more fairly distributed.</li>
<li><strong>Use your users:</strong> In any early stage of a startup or software project, the best test group for your product is your members; give room for critical feedback as a chance to listen, learn, and improve. This will also cultivate an environment of oppeness and transparency at every level of the process, while also retaining the agility and autonomy that the development team needs.</li>
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<p>If we think about a wave—the flow, the tide that pulls from within, it requires many forces working in tandem to build momentum and energy, enough to create the wave’s body and crest.</p>
<p><em>A special thanks to the participants in this discussion: Brian Young (executive director and founder, Action Network), Martha Grant (product manager, Action Network), Alanna Irving (team member, Open Collective; co-founder, Enspiral and Loomio), Chris Tittle (director of organizational resilience, Sustainable Economies Law Center), Margaret Vincent (senior counsel, Stocksy United).</em></p>
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<p>What does it take to build thriving media organizations, accountable to the communities they serve? At a time of global platform monopolies and local newspapers struggling to survive, the future of media will depend on the kinds of business models we design today.</p>
<p>The Media Enterprise Design Lab is a think tank for community-oriented media organizations. It creates space for researchers and practitioners to challenge the conventional norms and explore possibilities offered by neglected histories and possible futures. Drawing on diverse fields such as cultural studies, law, management, media archeology, organizational communication, and sociology, MEDLab holds space and time for better kinds of business.</p>
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<li><strong>Collaboration</strong> with startups and established organizations alike to imagine and develop transformative business models, ownership structures, and governance practices</li>
<li><strong>Research</strong> on under-explored strategies for organizational design, with a particular focus on models that support community wealth-building and appropriate accountability</li>