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=Omni Collective=
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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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A Collective of Collectives in Oakland, California. 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 Collective 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.
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The point of the OMNI Oakland Collective is NOT to function as any sort of governing body for the groups involved in any general sense. There are no senators. Its only and sole point is to administer the space, pay bills, make group decisions about the shared space, resolve any conflicts between the groups in the space, interface with the state, banks, authorities, etc. Logistics and bureaucracy: That's it.
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= 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!


* What kind of groups? Mainly:
To make meetings shorter, our delegates have created [[Working_Groups|working groups]] to do much of the work of running Omni Commons.
** Non-profit
** Volunteer-led
** Donation-based
** Worker Owned
** Offer value to the public for free or sliding scale


* What core values do groups share?
== About Omni Commons ==
** Fostering radical discourse and education
* [[Orientation: What is this place%3F]]
** Maintaining an active, publicly accessible commons
* [[Omni History]]
** Providing a venue for innovative cultural production
* [[Working Groups]]
** Striving for social, economic & environmental justice
** Standing in solidarity with all oppressed people
** Cultures of consent, against rape, violence & exploitation
** The survival & thrival of our communities and neighborhoods


=Questions for Collectives=
== Organizational Structure ==
* [[Timeline]]
* Our [[Founding Document]] (including a statement of solidarity)
* [[Space Requirements]]
* [[Safer Space Policy]]
* [[Finances]]
* [[Conflict Resolution Policy]]
* [[Loans]]
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* [[Naming]]
* [[Questions]]


=To-Do List=
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* [[draft business model brief]]
* Build Consensus of Member Collectives
* Review Contract (agreement) and sign


=Need help using this Wiki? ;)=
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Consult the [//meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Contents User's Guide] for information on using the wiki software.


== Getting started ==
= How To Participate =
* [//www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Configuration_settings Configuration settings list]
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* [//www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:FAQ MediaWiki FAQ]
 
* [https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/mediawiki-announce MediaWiki release mailing list]
We love new people! There are many ways to get involved:
* [//www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Localisation#Translation_resources Localise MediaWiki for your language]
 
* Join a [[Collectives|member collective]]
* Join a [[Working_Groups|working group]]
* Come to an event on our [https://omnicommons.org/calendar/ calendar]
* Use the space for [https://omnicommons.org/occupy your own event or meeting]
* [[Responsibilibuddy|Help out]] with somebody else's event
* Join a [[Mailing_Lists|mailing list]]
* Come to a general omni meeting (1st & 3rd thursdays, 7pm)
* Buy us toilet paper or take out the [[Trash|trash]]. No,seriously.
* Help us [[Omni-readiness|work on the building]] to make it safer and more accessible
* Here is a list of [[ToFix|outstanding issues]] in the building which need skilled labor
* Read our history of [[Meetings|meeting notes]] going back to 2013
* 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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= 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.
* As of December 2016 the Omni Commons now works to own the building!
 
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== Volunteers Needed ==
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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!

Latest revision as of 19:13, 5 March 2021

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 works to own 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!