Collective Agency started with a two-house democratic system:
- a Council, similar to a board. Three or four people seemed to be the ideal size. We had 2 elections; the first council was people I asked who had wide networks and complementary skill sets and could lead parts of the culture.
- members, who when we started were people who led large groups of people, and who later were changed to all people who paid for 24/7 access.
We won worldwide awards for this: http://www.worldblu.com/awardee-profiles/2013.php
This system worked great in the first 4 months: marketing/sales/PR, and operations/governance, and community. As we grew and staff and business owners got expertise and trust, members eventually voted to end their democratic/cooperative business management, but now even more so democratically initiate and lead community activities, welcome new members, etc.
Community is cooperative/relationships (initiating and leading activities, various potluck things in the kitchen, conversations, members referring more members and meetings, etc).
Marketing/sales work here is expertise/efficiency (making materials, closing sales). Of course the experience here is shaped by operations and community (the product, which is the most important thing and makes promotions/placement/price easy).
Operations/governance is bureaucratic/hierarchical (treating everybody equally within the rules, payment, opening up/closing up on weekdays, answering the phone).
Collective Agency's Community Organizer / Proprietor
(503) 517-6900 http://collectiveagency.co
Tax and Conversation's Statewide Community Organizer
(503) 517-6904 taxandconversation.com
(503) 369-9174 mobile (503) 517-6901 fax
322 NW Sixth Ave, Suite 200, Portland, Oregon 97209