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'''A Commons in Oakland, California'''
 
'''A Commons in Oakland, California'''
  
From Latin omni-, "all, every, the whole, of every kind,"
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From Latin, omni: "all, every, the whole, of every kind."
  
 
Omni Commons is comprised of several Bay Area collectives with a shared political vision—one that, at its most basic level, privileges a more equitable commoning of resources and meeting of human needs over private interests or corporate profit.
 
Omni Commons is comprised of several Bay Area collectives with a shared political vision—one that, at its most basic level, privileges a more equitable commoning of resources and meeting of human needs over private interests or corporate profit.
  
We invite you to join us in establishing a hub: a safe productive place to pool resources for the collective use and stewardship of the greater community. A space that fosters an ethic of radical collaboration across disciplines and between individuals, creating a living model for future radical spaces. By collectivizing, we are able to consolidate expenses for the purpose of amplifying one another’s goals. Omni is far greater than the sum of its parts.
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We invite you to join us in establishing a safe productive place to pool resources for the collective use and stewardship of the greater community. A space that fosters an ethic of radical collaboration across disciplines and between individuals, creating a living model for future radical spaces. By collectivizing, we are able to consolidate expenses for the purpose of amplifying one another’s goals. Omni is far greater than the sum of its parts.
  
Omni is making manifest a different way of being together. This is not a project that aims to realize the impossible. Rather, Omni represents a complete perspectival shift, one that allows us to model a way of living outside of the mandates of private interests and corporate profit. It is a reclamation of the Commons. We are creating a space where resources are mutually cared for, cultivated and shared.
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Omni Commons is making manifest a different way of being together. This is not a project that aims to realize the impossible. Rather, Omni represents a complete perspectival shift, one that allows us to model a way of living outside of the mandates of private interests and corporate profit. It is a reclamation of the Commons. We are creating a space where resources are mutually cared for, cultivated and shared.
 
For more info: http://www.omnicommons.org/
 
For more info: http://www.omnicommons.org/
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=Delegates (Board) Meetings=
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Delegates meetings are open for anyone to come and witness.
  
 
=Get involved!=
 
=Get involved!=
There are many ways to 'join' the Omni Commons:
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There are many ways to 'join' Omni Commons:
 
* Attend a class, meeting, workshop or event - check the [https://omnicommons.org/calendar calendar] for a list of upcoming events.
 
* Attend a class, meeting, workshop or event - check the [https://omnicommons.org/calendar calendar] for a list of upcoming events.
 
* Come to a [[Working_Groups|working group]] meeting and help us support this crazy project!
 
* Come to a [[Working_Groups|working group]] meeting and help us support this crazy project!
 
* Most of our [[Collectives|member collectives]] have open membership, check the calendar for their respective upcoming meetings and open houses.
 
* Most of our [[Collectives|member collectives]] have open membership, check the calendar for their respective upcoming meetings and open houses.
  
=Delegates meeting and joining as a collective=
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=Become a Member Collective=
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This is the process if your group is interested in joining Omni Commons as a member collective.
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1. Decide if your group meets our basic requirements.
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* Being a Member Collective at Omni Commons means that your group wants to engage in our ongoing experiment in commoning. You will join other collectives that manage and steward the resource of the building at 4799 Shattuck Avenue for the purposes set forth by the delegates. Participation in the commons includes sending a delegate to the Omni Commons board of directors; following the agreements made to and with Omni Commons and other member collectives; and contributing labor to do the work required to keep Omni Commons functioning and maintain the building. If this does not interest your organization, or appears to be too much of a burden, then being a member collective is not appropriate for you at this time.
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* *Please read about our [[Self-Governance|vision / governing principles]] to determine if your collective is willing and able to collaborate within the structure and culture we have co-created so far.
  
Delegate meetings are open for anyone to come and witness. If you would like to formally join the Omni Collective as a member-group, we have created this short sheet to facilitate the procedure:
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* Review our current criteria for becoming and remaining a member collective. These may change over time. If you don’t think you meet the Member Collective criteria, there are other ways your group can participate in the Omni. Talk to the Finance Working Group.
  
*Please read about our [[Self-Governance|vision / governing principles]] to determine if your collective is willing and able to collaborate within the structure and culture we have co-created so far.
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2. Let us know you are interested in joining Omni Commons by talking to a delegate or the finance working group.
*Attend a weekly Omni [[Meetings|Meeting]] 7–9pm Thursdays at 4799 Shattuck Ave in the basement.
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A process guide will be assigned to you to help you navigate the member collective application process. They will give you the information you need and answer your questions.
*Present your collective to the group. This should include '''*IN WRITING*''' answers to the questions in '''the [[Join#Potential_member_group_proposal_guidelines|proposal guidelines]] below.'''
 
** We seek an understanding of what you do, points of synergy with the Omni Commons, some thoughts as to how we can help one another (i.e. what can you provide to the community? what do you need?), as well as what relationship you seek to have with the greater community.
 
*After your presentation, the Delegates will take the information to their respective groups for a week of deliberation. We will make a decision at the next Delegates meeting, in a closed vote.
 
  
If approved, the following:
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3. Write your application using the questions below. Keep it as brief as possible while still answering the questions:
*Choose a delegate to represent your collective in Omni Delegate meetings
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* What do you do that makes a difference in the world?
*ATTEND Omni general meetings and participate in/contribute to the ongoing evolution of the project!
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* Briefly recap your history as an organization.
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* What is your incorporation status? (501c3? Unincorporated Association? etc.)
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* How do you make decisions?
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* State your goals for becoming an Omni member collective. How would your presence in the Omni contribute to its purpose and Statement of Solidarity?
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* Explain how you will finance your Omni membership dues/rent.
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* Describe what dedicated physical space (if any) you need. What will you do in the dedicated space? What can you do in shared space? Will you need to make any modifications of the building? Include floor plans if that makes your proposal clearer.
  
=Potential member group proposal guidelines=
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4. Application review process:
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* Submit your application to the Omni Delegates in writing at consensus@omnicommons.org and discuss@omnicommons.org
  
In preparing a membership proposal for your group to join Omni, please make sure to include the following points. You can answer using these questions directly or incorporate them into a format that suits your style.
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* Present your application proposal at the next Delegates meeting (First and Third Thursdays at 7pm). Delegates will ask questions and give you preliminary feedback about the proposal. In the 2 weeks following the meeting, delegates will discuss your proposal with their collectives.
  
1. Mission statement
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* Attend collective meetings if invited to further explain your proposal. Incorporate their feedback into your application proposal.
* What do you do? What happens in the world because you exist? (1-3 sentences)
 
  
2. Origin and group history
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* Legal and financial review
* How did you start? What have you done? (1-3 sentences)
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The Omni Finance Working Group will review your financials (Budget, balance sheet, P & L), size, incorporation status, space needs, and reach an agreement with you about your financial contribution and legal relationship to Omni Commons.
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If you need to make modifications to the building, Finance may ask you to get preliminary inspections, consult with the Building Working Group, or provide other information to determine if the changes are possible and advisable.
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If necessary, the Omni legal advisor will advise about your legal relationship to the Omni.
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Update your proposal with this agreement.
  
3. Participation in the Omni
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5. Attend a 2nd Delegates meeting to discuss your updated proposal. Ideally this would be the next Delegates meeting, but if the delegates and you agree, it may be scheduled for the 2nd meeting following.
* Why are you interested in becoming a member? How does your group intend to use the space? What are your needs? (less than 5 sentences)
 
  
4. Group finances and paying rent
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* Delegates will report on and discuss the feedback they received from their collectives, and if there are any blocking or serious concerns that can’t be resolved at the meeting, contact information will be shared so that further discussion can happen between you and the groups or persons with the concern.
* Omni Commons currently pays about '''$15,000''' per month. We take our finances seriously for all member collectives.
 
* What does your group do to support itself financially? What is your best plan for contributing your potential share of rent to the Omni?
 
** Please include relevant financial statements, especially documentation of sufficient income (e.g. balance sheet, bank statement, profit & loss statement). (less than 5 sentences)
 
  
5. Dedicated space
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* Before the next (3rd) Delegates meeting, attend collective meetings, and/or communicate with Omni members as needed to discuss any remaining issues.
* If your group would like some dedicated space at the Omni, what square footage and what features are you looking for? Which specific rooms do you feel might be suitable? (1-3 sentences)
 
** Prepare to present ALL possible, desirable spaces with some sort of [[Floorplan|drawing or physical in-person markings (like painter's tape)]].
 
** Please also create a "pros and cons" list for EACH possible space.
 
  
6. Other contributions to the Omni
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7. Attend the next (3rd) Delegates meeting and present your updated application proposal for a final discussion. You will be asked to leave the building and the delegates will reach a decision. The process guide will notify you of the decision.
* This question should inspire some imagination. We are exploring ideas to pay rent and purchase the building in the long-term. The basic plan is for each group paying a share of rent. Potential plans include groups sharing profit from their activities, producing Omni events, and booking other events. What is the best-case scenario for using the Omni space to further support your group? (less than 5 sentences)
 
  
7. Additional
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8. If approved, finalize your membership!
* Is there any other information that you think would be useful for us to know about your group? (as many sentences as you like)
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* Sign a contract with Omni Commons, either a lease or fiscal sponsorship agreement.
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* Obtain insurance coverage as described in your contract.
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* Read the Member Collective Handbook and sign a document stating that the collective members read the Handbook.
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* Select a delegate to the Delegates Assembly (Board of Directors)
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* Pay deposit/rent/fiscal sponsorship fee, per agreement
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* Move in!
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* Suggest to your members that they join an Omni Working Group.
  
  
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** Volunteer-led
 
** Volunteer-led
 
** Non-profit
 
** Non-profit
** Worker Owned
 
 
** Offer value to the public for free or sliding scale
 
** Offer value to the public for free or sliding scale
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** Non-hierarchical with a participatory decision making process
  
 
* What core values do groups share?
 
* What core values do groups share?

Revision as of 17:46, 23 October 2018

A Commons in Oakland, California

From Latin, omni: "all, every, the whole, of every kind."

Omni Commons is comprised of several Bay Area collectives with a shared political vision—one that, at its most basic level, privileges a more equitable commoning of resources and meeting of human needs over private interests or corporate profit.

We invite you to join us in establishing a safe productive place to pool resources for the collective use and stewardship of the greater community. A space that fosters an ethic of radical collaboration across disciplines and between individuals, creating a living model for future radical spaces. By collectivizing, we are able to consolidate expenses for the purpose of amplifying one another’s goals. Omni is far greater than the sum of its parts.

Omni Commons is making manifest a different way of being together. This is not a project that aims to realize the impossible. Rather, Omni represents a complete perspectival shift, one that allows us to model a way of living outside of the mandates of private interests and corporate profit. It is a reclamation of the Commons. We are creating a space where resources are mutually cared for, cultivated and shared. For more info: http://www.omnicommons.org/

Delegates (Board) Meetings

Delegates meetings are open for anyone to come and witness.

Get involved!

There are many ways to 'join' Omni Commons:

  • Attend a class, meeting, workshop or event - check the calendar for a list of upcoming events.
  • Come to a working group meeting and help us support this crazy project!
  • Most of our member collectives have open membership, check the calendar for their respective upcoming meetings and open houses.

Become a Member Collective

This is the process if your group is interested in joining Omni Commons as a member collective.

1. Decide if your group meets our basic requirements.

  • Being a Member Collective at Omni Commons means that your group wants to engage in our ongoing experiment in commoning. You will join other collectives that manage and steward the resource of the building at 4799 Shattuck Avenue for the purposes set forth by the delegates. Participation in the commons includes sending a delegate to the Omni Commons board of directors; following the agreements made to and with Omni Commons and other member collectives; and contributing labor to do the work required to keep Omni Commons functioning and maintain the building. If this does not interest your organization, or appears to be too much of a burden, then being a member collective is not appropriate for you at this time.
  • *Please read about our vision / governing principles to determine if your collective is willing and able to collaborate within the structure and culture we have co-created so far.
  • Review our current criteria for becoming and remaining a member collective. These may change over time. If you don’t think you meet the Member Collective criteria, there are other ways your group can participate in the Omni. Talk to the Finance Working Group.

2. Let us know you are interested in joining Omni Commons by talking to a delegate or the finance working group. A process guide will be assigned to you to help you navigate the member collective application process. They will give you the information you need and answer your questions.

3. Write your application using the questions below. Keep it as brief as possible while still answering the questions:

  • What do you do that makes a difference in the world?
  • Briefly recap your history as an organization.
  • What is your incorporation status? (501c3? Unincorporated Association? etc.)
  • How do you make decisions?
  • State your goals for becoming an Omni member collective. How would your presence in the Omni contribute to its purpose and Statement of Solidarity?
  • Explain how you will finance your Omni membership dues/rent.
  • Describe what dedicated physical space (if any) you need. What will you do in the dedicated space? What can you do in shared space? Will you need to make any modifications of the building? Include floor plans if that makes your proposal clearer.

4. Application review process:

  • Submit your application to the Omni Delegates in writing at consensus@omnicommons.org and discuss@omnicommons.org
  • Present your application proposal at the next Delegates meeting (First and Third Thursdays at 7pm). Delegates will ask questions and give you preliminary feedback about the proposal. In the 2 weeks following the meeting, delegates will discuss your proposal with their collectives.
  • Attend collective meetings if invited to further explain your proposal. Incorporate their feedback into your application proposal.
  • Legal and financial review

The Omni Finance Working Group will review your financials (Budget, balance sheet, P & L), size, incorporation status, space needs, and reach an agreement with you about your financial contribution and legal relationship to Omni Commons. If you need to make modifications to the building, Finance may ask you to get preliminary inspections, consult with the Building Working Group, or provide other information to determine if the changes are possible and advisable. If necessary, the Omni legal advisor will advise about your legal relationship to the Omni. Update your proposal with this agreement.

5. Attend a 2nd Delegates meeting to discuss your updated proposal. Ideally this would be the next Delegates meeting, but if the delegates and you agree, it may be scheduled for the 2nd meeting following.

  • Delegates will report on and discuss the feedback they received from their collectives, and if there are any blocking or serious concerns that can’t be resolved at the meeting, contact information will be shared so that further discussion can happen between you and the groups or persons with the concern.
  • Before the next (3rd) Delegates meeting, attend collective meetings, and/or communicate with Omni members as needed to discuss any remaining issues.

7. Attend the next (3rd) Delegates meeting and present your updated application proposal for a final discussion. You will be asked to leave the building and the delegates will reach a decision. The process guide will notify you of the decision.

8. If approved, finalize your membership!

  • Sign a contract with Omni Commons, either a lease or fiscal sponsorship agreement.
  • Obtain insurance coverage as described in your contract.
  • Read the Member Collective Handbook and sign a document stating that the collective members read the Handbook.
  • Select a delegate to the Delegates Assembly (Board of Directors)
  • Pay deposit/rent/fiscal sponsorship fee, per agreement
  • Move in!
  • Suggest to your members that they join an Omni Working Group.


what we're looking for

This section needs expansion

  • What kind of groups?
    • Donation-based
    • Volunteer-led
    • Non-profit
    • Offer value to the public for free or sliding scale
    • Non-hierarchical with a participatory decision making process
  • What core values do groups share?
    • Standing in solidarity with all oppressed people
    • Cultures of consent, against rape, violence & exploitation
    • The survival & thrival of our communities and neighborhoods
    • Striving for social, economic & environmental justice
    • Maintaining an active, publicly accessible commons
    • Fostering radical discourse and education
    • Removing barriers to technical innovation and scientific inquiry by providing needed equipment and space for individual and group learning.
    • Providing a venue for innovative cultural production