Thought I’d ask people around here about the governance and decision-making structure in their respective communities…
I’m asking because we’re growing in Gothenburg, in number of active volunteers and cooperations. Things are getting more complex and also some conflicts appear, so we’ve been working on clearer rules and I’m discussing with the core group of active people on establishing a more formal democratic and participative structure for decision-making.
So here’s what I’m curious about:
- Who calls the shots when there are important decisions to make? Is it made at an assembly/meeting or by one or few individuals?
- Is there a formal structure in your group for making decisions or is it informal?
- Do you have any kind of hierarchies, and if yes, what kind? Formal or informal?
- Is there one group deciding for all the pickups and cooperations or is it different groups?
No need to answer everything, but it would be nice to hear a bit how it works in different places! Maybe @djahnie can start by sharing some info on Foodsharing?