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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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''Creation of new member accounts suspended temporarily due to spam. Please email jenny [at] sudomesh [dot] org with your preferred username to obtain an account!''
 
=Omni Commons=
 
  
A space in in Oakland, California collectively stewarded by a group of local collectives. See [[Founding Document]] for governance.
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''From Latin omni-, "all, every, the whole, of every kind,"''
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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.
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= Who's in Charge? =
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Everybody! Members of our 11 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!
  
The delegates do not to 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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To make meetings shorter, our delegates have created [[Working_Groups|working groups]] to do much of the work of running Omni Commons.
  
* What kind of groups?
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== About Omni Commons ==
** Donation-based
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* [[Orientation: What is this place%3F]]
** Volunteer-led
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* [[Omni History]]
** Non-profit
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* [[Working Groups]]
** Worker Owned
 
** Offer value to the public for free or sliding scale
 
  
* What core values do groups share?
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== Organizational Structure ==
** Standing in solidarity with all oppressed people
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* Our [[Founding Document]] (including a statement of solidarity)
** Cultures of consent, against rape, violence & exploitation
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* [[Safer Space Policy]]
** The survival & thrival of our communities and neighborhoods
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* [[Conflict Resolution Policy]]
** Striving for social, economic & environmental justice
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** 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
 
  
=Questions for Collectives=
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* [[Timeline]]
 
* [[Space Requirements]]
 
* [[Finances]]
 
* [[Loans]]
 
* [[Naming]]
 
* [[Questions]]
 
  
=To-Do List=
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* [[draft business model brief]]
 
* Build Consensus of Member Collectives
 
* Review Contract (agreement) and sign
 
  
=important stuff=
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= How To Participate =
'''quiet hours from 10pm - 10am'''
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*notes from our [[Meetings|meetings]]
 
*[[Safe Space Policy]]
 
*[[Threat Model]]
 
*[[Meeting Facilitation]]
 
*[[Anti-racism]]
 
*[[closing]]
 
*[[Omni Systems]]
 
  
=Other stuff =
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We love new people! There are many ways to get involved:
  
*[[Building]]
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* Join a [[Collectives|member collective]]
*[[Bylaws/Decentralize]]
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* Join a [[Working_Groups|working group]]
*[[Conflict Resolution]]
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* Come to an event on our [https://omnicommons.org/calendar/ calendar]
*[[Events]]
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* Use the space for [https://omnicommons.org/occupy your own event or meeting]
*[[FAQ]]
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* [[Responsibilibuddy|Help out]] with somebody else's event
*[[Infoshop]]
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* Join a [[Mailing_Lists|mailing list]]
*[[Network]]
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* Come to a general omni meeting (1st & 3rd thursdays, 7pm)
*[[Archive]]
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* Buy us toilet paper or take out the [[Trash|trash]]. No,seriously.
*[[WishList]]
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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!
  
*[[Parked ideas about the Omni]]
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=Need help using this Wiki? ;)=
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= News & Updates =
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* As of December 2017 we've officially launched a [https://omnicommons.org/kitchen crowdfunding campaign] to upgrade the commercial kitchen in the basement and bring it up to code for use by Food Not Bombs, Phat Beetz, Counter Culture Labs, Bay Area Applied Mycology, The Village in Oakland #FeedThePeople, and others in the community in need of an affordable commercial kitchen.
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* As of December 2016 the Omni Commons now owns the building!
  
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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!

Latest revision as of 01:04, 5 October 2018

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 11 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.

About Omni Commons

Organizational Structure

How To Participate

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

News & Updates

'''Subscribe to Recent Changes to stay up-to-date.''' (rss) Subscribe to Recent Changes to stay up-to-date.

  • As of December 2017 we've officially launched a crowdfunding campaign to upgrade the commercial kitchen in the basement and bring it up to code for use by Food Not Bombs, Phat Beetz, Counter Culture Labs, Bay Area Applied Mycology, The Village in Oakland #FeedThePeople, and others in the community in need of an affordable commercial kitchen.
  • As of December 2016 the Omni Commons now owns the building!

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!