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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, where people give what they can and take what they need? We are trying to do just that, at the Omni Commons.
  
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== Who's in Charge? ==
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Everybody! Members of our 10 collectives make decisions together using consensus - they're called "Delegate Meetings" because every group is supposed to send at least one person. Meetings are at 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, and open to all!
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To make meetings shorter, our delegates have created [[Working_Groups|working groups]] to do much of the work of running Omni Commons. More info below.
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* [[Orientation: What is this place%3F]]
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* Our [[Founding Document]] (including a statement of solidarity)
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* [[Safer Space Policy]]
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* [[Conflict Resolution Policy]]
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* [[Omni History]]
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= How To Join =
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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 somebody 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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* Here is a list of [[ToFix|outstanding issues]] in the building which need skilled labor
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* Here is a [[Calendar]] of all our meeting notes
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* if you're an existing group or organization interested in joining Omni as a formal member collective, [[Join|submit a proposal]] to the delegates!
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== Volunteers Needed ==
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We need volunteers for many jobs!
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* Help answer our emails to info [at] omnicommons [dot] org
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* Make a big sign for above our front door that says "Omni Commons"
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* Apply for grants to fund Omni - there are many opportunities passing us by!
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* Assist with the ongoing maintenance and building projects large and small - there is no shortage of work to do in this big, beautiful building, and all forms of contribution are appreciated!
  
 
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* [https://omnicommons.org/occupy Book the Space] for your event or meeting.
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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
 

Latest revision as of 14:21, 10 August 2017

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, where people give what they can and take what they need? We are trying to do just that, at the Omni Commons.

Who's in Charge?

Everybody! Members of our 10 collectives make decisions together using consensus - they're called "Delegate Meetings" because every group is supposed to send at least one person. Meetings are at 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, and open to all!

To make meetings shorter, our delegates have created working groups to do much of the work of running Omni Commons. More info below.

See also:

How To Join

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

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers for many jobs!

  • Help answer our emails to info [at] omnicommons [dot] org
  • Make a big sign for above our front door that says "Omni Commons"
  • Apply for grants to fund Omni - there are many opportunities passing us by!
  • Assist with the ongoing maintenance and building projects large and small - there is no shortage of work to do in this big, beautiful building, and all forms of contribution are appreciated!

Quick tools:



(on the Archival Calendar)

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