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FairCoop: definition and principles

This text has been recompiled from within the contents of FairCoop’s website, in order to help TI Council cooperators have an initial view about the project. More info at https://

WHAT

Fair.coop is an open global cooperative, self-organized via the Internet and remaining outside nation-state control.

Its aim is to make the transition to a new world by reducing the economic and social inequalities among human beings as much as possible, and at the same time gradually contribute to a new global wealth, accessible to all humankind as commons.

FairCoop understands that the transformation to a fairer monetary system is a key element. Therefore, Faircoin was proposed as the cryptocurrency upon which to base its resource-redistribution actions and building of a new global economic system.

WHY

There are many things in this world that don’t quite work and here we share some of those which FairCoop may help transform:

1. Global financial system dominated by a minority -> Decentralized system in the hands of its participants

Central banks are global economic policies’ main decision-making centers. Those who control it have dominion over the global financial system without any democratic control, and use it to benefit the interests of a minority.

We need to create a new, decentralized economic system: a metasystem to support, feed and connect multiple autonomous systems built in a distributed manner.

2. Economic Inequality –> Fair Economy

Less than 10% of the population owns 85% of wealth

We have decided to hack the forex market as a tool to start the road towards global economic justice.

Economic inequalities keep growing among and within many regions.

With the concept of Global south, communities can define themselves and support one another from remote corners of the world to respond to this situation and empower themselves as part of a fair economic system.

Neither the UN nor any public policy succeeded in reversing the trend that economic inequalities have to increase year after year.

It’s time to put it in the hands of the networked global citizenship what has not been achieved from above, without intermediaries.

3. Unsustainable growth > Sustainable existence of human beings on the planet

Dominant economic models based on perpetual growth are causing and / or being unable to stop destruction by humans of life on the planet.

We want to practice a no-growth economic system that is synergistic with natural ecosystems, and so prove that humans have the ability to do it.

Energy and production models based on scarce fossil fuels and minerals are unable to maintain their current rates of extraction and consumption for much longer.

There are thousands of appropriate technologies to help us coexist in synergy with the planet. We have little time left, and it’s now the time to share what we know and put our best ideas into practice.

4. Central government –> P2P policy

Corruption dominates institutional politics while 80% of citizens are suspicious of politicians.

We are organizing ourselves from below in a direct, decentralized way and taking advantage of the transparency the Internet allows to visualize other ways of doing politics.

Obsolete parliamentary politics grant representation votes every 4 or 5 years between elections, while there’s a growing number of technologies that allow direct participation in politics.

Our political model is open and participatory, combining election of counselors with direct voting as many times as necessary.

5. Individualism & Competition –> Cooperation & Solidarity

The competition culture that dominates markets leads to a few companies becoming larger and larger as others disappear, and their knowledge and development is lost.

In Fair.Coop, by enhancing cooperation and solidarity among participants, we turn the market into a space for mutual support where we can all win.

6. Private knowledge & Technology –> Commons

Intellectual property plays against the advance of the human species, and favors private interests. Knowledge is privatized disregarding the fact that “if I was able to see further it’s because I was standing on the shoulders of giants”.

Knowledge is free by nature. We promote the use of open Copyleft or Creative Commons licenses as well as other mechanisms for protecting the Commons from private profiteering, including the Peer Production License and other Commons Based Reciprocity Licenses (or CBRLs).

FairCoop principles

FairCoop will not define or create new principles. Too many of us, with different perspectives and from different corners of the planet, have wondered if an alternative is possible and whether the world could work otherwise. We know where we want to go and that we don’t want to stay here in this carousel empty of principles or values, which pushes us to destroy each other.

The principles, lots of them, are there and have led many of us here. We will not keep wondering how it started, the transition is underway and the answer has already been given, is given daily from the homes of those who day after day build alternatives and prove it is possible to live in a world where justice is ordinary.

Integral revolution, peer2peer, cryptocurrencies, free knowledge, hacker ethics, degrowth, good living… It all emerges from clear principles and objectives that unite us to help us make the transition to a new world, reducing as much as possible economic and social inequalities among human beings, and at the same time contributing to a new global wealth, accessible to all mankind as commons.

These are our principles, the principles for those who have made a simple decision, to get off the carousel:

1. The call for integral revolution

A call to all of you who resist being dominated and enslaved, to get together under one conscious personal and collective action for the improvement and recovery of the qualities and values that enable us to live a life together, as well as the construction of new organizational forms and structures in all aspects of life to ensure equality and equity in the coverage of vital needs.

  1. Equitable relationships based on freedom

  2. Self-organization and sovereign popular assemblies

  3. Public and commons

  4. Retrieve common property as the common good, under popular possession and control

  5. Build a cooperative and self-managed public system from mutual support

  6. Freeing up access to information and knowledge

  7. A new economy based on cooperation and close relationships

  8. Cooperate with life and nature

2. The p2p model of social organization

Spread it all away. Take it all apart. When you have these components, make them all independent. Replicate them widely. Allow them to talk to each other. Allow them to look for each other, share with each other, so that together they create something larger than the sum of all its parts.

Peer-to-peer is not only a way to network computers together; it goes much further, meaning a peer network where we are all important but no one is essential. The group is in everyone and everyone is part of the collective self, and what we create adds up to the commons.

Here’s how the p2p Foundation defines p2p:

  1. Voluntary peer contribution and participatory processes aimed at production of common good.

  2. Peer to peer dynamics are characterized by free self-aggregation in order to create common value without direct expectation of reciprocity from any particular individual, while always maintaining reciprocity and solidarity mechanisms with the Commons as a whole.

  3. Thus, it is not a hierarchical allocation method, nor is it based on an commodity exchange system; its is not an economy based on giving and expecting something in return.

  4. We can also use it in a broader sense, as a mere form of self-organizing peers. We use “peer information” to indicate this process.

  5. So the context determines whether the precise definition, or large aggregation principles are relevant.

  6. Finally, there are several levels: the definition itself described above, the underlying values and ethical principles on which it is based, and the social ideals and praxis it inspires.

3. Hacker ethics

Let go of the media-enforced point of view and listen to a community that speaks for their actions…

  1. All information should be free

  2. Access to computers—and anything which might teach you something about the way the world works—should be unlimited and total. Always yield to the Hands-On Imperative!

  3. Mistrust authority—promote decentralization

  4. Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not criteria such as degrees, age, race, sex, or position

  5. You can create art and beauty on a computer

  6. Computers can change your life for the better

You see? “After all, we are all equal …”

Many people have begun the journey and give us roots, and there will be more who will join and show new horizons… We’re getting off the carousel to recover some principles and start walking together, cooperating. Here is the beauty, in building a world that includes us all without waiting for anyone else to do it for us, because everything is to-be-done and everything is possible.

In conclusion…

So FairCoop’s plan is clear; to move cooperatively and build a world based on the principles presented, which can can be summarized as:

  1. Redistribution and economic exchange between equals

  2. Open political participation

  3. Decentralization of organizational forms

  4. Production of commons

  5. Sharing and distribution of open knowledge

Economics, politics, knowledge, cooperation, production, all peer to peer, openly and cooperatively.

Councils and Commissions

We like to represent the Cooperative’s organization scheme as what we call Fair.Forest, a woodscape where each item is separate and distinct, yet part of a whole which gives them life, the ecosystem.

Fair.Coop is quite similar to a forest; it has trees with branches, plants and flowers, soil and nutrients, butterflies, light… Everyone seems to have their own dynamics and in a way they do, but they are interdependent, interrelated and bound to their habitat to form a composite unit.

Our forest consists of councils and working commissions which are the trunks and branches that give the forest its structure and shape.

In this metaphor, the trunks of trees and shrubs would be the council. These are responsible to use what the land and air offer and coordinate it with the necessities of the community to make decisions that are integrated into each of its parts and thus grow for the common good.

How Councils Work

One council is formed by a group of people, between 6 and 8, democratically elected among all faircoin community through a voting system in the social network. For now, as the project is begining, the first council members will be chosen by the initial promoter group, so as to make the councils fully functional and streghten motivation on participation. Starting from here, each year elections will be held to elect new members, thus offering everyone the opportunity to participate and cooperate in this growth. Council members are known throughout the community and in turn continually evaluated, so it is important to build trust among all participants and make sure all processes are 100% transparent and open.

There are already several councils created: Ecosystemic Council, Global South Council, Commons Council and Technological Infrastructure Council.

The Technological Infrastructure Council

The aims of this Council regard technological, economic or educational IT development projects which:

  1. Enhance the extent and the ease of use of faircoin as currency or as a vehicle for committed savings as well as other exchange, monetary, financial, market oriented or payment processing technologies necessary to build the economic system promoted by 2017.fair.coop.

  2. Design, develop, promote and reinforce technologies and tools useful for decission taking, participation and collective intelligence, p2p and cooperation.

  3. Design, develop, promote and strengthen technologies and tools oriented towards open source information systems, education, libre culture and free knowledge.

The Faircoop Councils are responsible as well for taking decisions over how the cooperative will use funds on development and other needs and, in the case of TI Council, decisions shall be taken on what technologies’ development the FairCoop will invest globally.

Council meetings and forkflow

The Councils meet eventually in online assemblies for these matters. As stated before, participation depends on everyone’s time and posibilities, considering this not as a commitment, but a potential for forces to meet globally to boost development of a new world.

The main discussions and proposals about everything related to FairCoop are taking place already in the FairNetwork, which is actually a forum where the Coop members are taking decisions and proposing strategies to follow. You can see what’s going on regarding TI in the group’s forum:

/groups/technology-infrastructure-community-group/forum/

If you feel motivated to participate, please let us know to keep into touch and facilitate your entry.