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==== The Omni Commons is a 100% volunteer-run and horizontally-organized community space. We're always open to new volunteers, especially in this critically formative period! Check out our open [[Working Groups]] and see where you might want to plug in, donate items from our [[WishList]], or check our [[ToDo]] list for other opportunities to help us learn, organize and grow! ====
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What if one of the largest community centers and venue spaces in the Bay Area was run by a volunteer collective where everybody is a leader? We are trying to do just that, at the Omni Commons.
  
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== The Building ==
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In North Oakland California, on Shattuck at 48th, there's a big building with a long history. Built by garbage workers during the Great Depression, it became one of the largest venue spaces in the Bay Area. In the 1980s it was famous as a rock club - they called it The Omni. Now, after 20 years of disuse, we are trying to re-open this building as the Omni Commons.
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== The People ==
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We should have pictures and bios and stuff. Coming soon?
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== How does it work? ==
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Members of our 8 collectives make decisions together using consensus, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month - they're called "Delegate Meetings" because every group has to send at least one person - meetings are open to everybody.
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The delegates do not function as any sort of governing body for the groups involved in any general sense. There are no senators. Their only and sole point is to reach consensus on the use of the space, how to pay bills, resolve any conflicts between the groups in the space, interface with the state, banks, authorities and map out the logistical dissemination of the collective work needed to maintain the space as a commons open to the surrounding community: That's it.
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* [[Founding Document]]
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* [[Safer Space Policy]] and [[Statement of Solidarity]]
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* [[Conflict Resolution Policy]]
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== Getting Involved ==
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We love new people! There are many ways to get involved:
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* join a [[Collectives|member collective]]
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* join a [[Working_Groups|working group]]
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* come to an event on our [https://omnicommons.org/calendar/ calendar]
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* Use the space for [https://omnicommons.org/occupy your own event or meeting]
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* [[Responsibilibuddy|Help out]] with someobody else's event
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* join a [[Mailing_Lists|mailing list]]
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* come to a general omni meeting (1st & 3rd thursdays, 7pm)
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* buy us toilet paper or take out the [[Trash|trash]]. No,seriously.
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* Help us [[Omni-readiness|work on the building]] to make it safer and more accessible
  
 
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* [[Safer Space Policy]] and [[Statement of Solidarity]]
 
* How to be a [[Responsibilibuddy]] for events at the Omni
 
* [[Conflict Resolution Policy]]
 
* [[Simple things you can do to help]] around the building
 
* [[Omni-readiness]] - Renovation projects for getting the building up to code!
 
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=Omni Oakland Commons=
 
 
 
A space in Oakland, California collectively stewarded by a group of local, collective-process based groups. See our [[Founding Document]] to learn more about our values and how we work!
 
 
 
Omni Oakland Commons is comprised of several Bay Area collectives. Its express purpose is to build consensus among member collectives with minimal possible bureaucracy for the administration of a common space and sharing of resources for the use and stewardship of the greater community. Each collective puts forth a delegate to participate in the consensus process.
 
 
 
The delegates do not function as any sort of governing body for the groups involved in any general sense. There are no senators. Their only and sole point is to reach consensus on the use of the space, how to pay bills, resolve any conflicts between the groups in the space, interface with the state, banks, authorities and map out the logistical dissemination of the collective work needed to maintain the space as a commons open to the surrounding community: That's it.
 
 
 
* What kind of groups?
 
** Donation-based
 
** Volunteer-led
 
** Non-profit
 
** Worker Owned
 
** Offer value to the public for free or sliding scale
 
 
 
* 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
 

Revision as of 15:34, 3 November 2015

What if one of the largest community centers and venue spaces in the Bay Area was run by a volunteer collective where everybody is a leader? We are trying to do just that, at the Omni Commons.

The Building

In North Oakland California, on Shattuck at 48th, there's a big building with a long history. Built by garbage workers during the Great Depression, it became one of the largest venue spaces in the Bay Area. In the 1980s it was famous as a rock club - they called it The Omni. Now, after 20 years of disuse, we are trying to re-open this building as the Omni Commons.

The People

We should have pictures and bios and stuff. Coming soon?

How does it work?

Members of our 8 collectives make decisions together using consensus, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month - they're called "Delegate Meetings" because every group has to send at least one person - meetings are open to everybody.

The delegates do not function as any sort of governing body for the groups involved in any general sense. There are no senators. Their only and sole point is to reach consensus on the use of the space, how to pay bills, resolve any conflicts between the groups in the space, interface with the state, banks, authorities and map out the logistical dissemination of the collective work needed to maintain the space as a commons open to the surrounding community: That's it.

Getting Involved

We love new people! There are many ways to get involved:

Quick tools:



(on the Archival Calendar)

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