Plan for Activation and Sustainability of FairCoop's Local Nodes

This document refers to the proposal that was first introduced here
and later discussed and decided in the Local Nodes assembly.
You can get more information from the corresponding pads
or even at the Local Nodes group in Telegram.
Furthermore, refers to the more general criteria that FairCoop has set prior to funding Local Nodes, as described here
and is going to be implemented in OCP, as each candidate node should first fill in some necessary informations as described here
Plan for Activation and Sustainability of FairCoop’s Local Nodes
FairCoop initiates a 6-month plan that will help its Local Nodes to have a basic stable income in FairCoins, thus becoming more dedicated and active at their local area, as also with tasks that might arise in the global FairCoop ecosystem. It is also aiming at empowering more people, that are still probably not engaged in a Local Node, to try and constitute one in the following period.
We consider that now is the right time to expand in even more territories, create stronger bonds with local communities and have a more vivid, participative and manifold cooperation as a global organisation. Now, that new innovative tools are deployed, such as FairCoin 2 and FreedomCoop, while new ones are on the way too, helping more people to become part of a new global fair economic system.
Of course, Local Nodes were always a crucial part of FairCoop’s ecosystem and still are accounted as the main connection between all the different projects and people that embrace our values and pursue the Integral Revolution. Furthermore, we look forward at the moment where this network of Local Nodes will become self-sustainable as more and more people become part of this vision and ultimately leave the old centralised and unjust system behind.
1. Organising a Local Node
First of all, there should be the decision to create a Local Node and that may arise from a group of people that are already participating in FairCoop and have been involved in assemblies, processes and related tasks. Even one person can begin looking for other people in its area, willing to form a minimum collective of 3 participants that will engage actively in FairCoop. More information about ‘How to create a Local Node‘ can be found in FairNetwork’s page: /docs/how-to-create-local-nodes/
That is a basic first step which will allow a bidirectional connection between global FairCoop and people in different local areas. That connection should reflect FairCoop values, plans and goals at the local communities, through these groups of people which will be involved as a Local Node.
Furthermore, mainly because of the decentralised nature of the project and our vision to create a trustful peer to peer network based in human beings, we should account that some essential organisational criteria are fulfilled. In that sense, all Local Nodes are freely deciding on how they want to organise and build their structure, as long as they proceed with an open, collective and transparent approach.
  • Open, in the sense that anybody who embraces the general FairCoop values should be allowed to participate equally in all processes.
  • Collective, meaning that our approach should be based in cooperative work and thinking (the larger the better), trying to fight individualism and competition.
  • Transparent, as we should find a way to have all the information available to any FairCoop member, thus letting them acknowledge, review or even participate somehow.
FairCoop has created several global open spaces where each Local Node should try to participate, inform, discuss and give feedback to every other member of FairCoop, such as:
FairNetwork, Local Nodes Group: /groups/local-nodes/
Telegram Group: you could ask in FairNetwork how to be added there as well.
2. Funding a Local Node
The actual aim of this plan, as stated before, is to provide -at least partially- the necessary funding to any existing Local Node in order to empower its participants to pursue our common goals under even better conditions. First of all, we estimate that there should be a prior fair period of time, in which a Local Node (either as a group or individual participants) must be active inside FairCoop. This period will allow new members becoming aware and appreciate all the different parts of FairCoop’s ecosystem, as well as become more involved and essentially feel ready to contribute to our common efforts. That could be a 2-level participation, either as a Local Node or as a specific individual in global FairCoop organisation, but should be at least 2 months or 3 months respectively, before any Local Node could apply for the type of funding explained below.
Furthermore, Local Nodes assembly has unanimously decided to provide to each Local Node, that meets certain criteria and eventually applies for funding under this plan, an amount of FairCoins per month, depending on the actual needs local participants have, while keeping some fair quantitative criteria, in order to balance each case. While the amount of FairCoins are delegated by FairCoop, the decision about funding will be taken at the Local Nodes assembly each time a Local Node applies for funding. There, in an open and collective manner, all of us would decide the necessity of funding (or not) each applicant, by discussing each case specifically. The application form, which will be recorder inside our Open Collaborative Platform (OCP) can be found here: -link to OCP form- (meanwhile we are working on it here )
Regarding the FairCoin amounts that may be provided to each Local Node, they are directly dependent to the number of people that are members of the Local Node and are in need of funding. In specific, every approved Local Node will receive 1.000 FairCoins/month, mainly for operational expenses, and another 2.000 FairCoins/month for every person involved at the Local Node, up to a maximum of 5 people. The overall amount will be allocated at a wallet managed collectively by the specified Local Node, every month, in order to be then distributed to its members according to their specific needs as the local assembly may autonomously decide.
In order to be fair to every Local Node and to FairCoop in global, we need to assure that people who receive funding are proved to be active and dedicated to the work needed. Thus, we suggest that each Local Node should account some minimum hours of involvement, per person, per week, as a general reference before deciding to ask for funding. We believe that a minimum of 15 hours of work per week at the Local Node, or at least 10 hours at the local node plus 5 hours of global FairCoop tasks, is a good basis to decide whether someone should get income from FairCoop.
In any case, we understand that we have to do with a quite complicated decentralised network that cannot (or better, must not) be exactly measured by numbers or fixed evaluation frameworks. Ultimately, this decision must be taken at the local level where people can make such judgments better knowing the real situation that exists at each area, each project etc.
3. Becoming Self-Sustainable
This plan will last for 6 months and will then be evaluated and decided on how to proceed. Nevertheless, it is not intended to be permanent in any sense, but give an initial boost to people involved in Local nodes on their way to become self-sustainable cells of FairCoop ecosystem.
FairCoop has many other projects and tools as well, designed to offer work and income to people willing to proceed as self-employed inside our autonomous and fair economic system.
Some of which are:
– Freedomcoop 
– FairCoin Exchange Offices
– FairMarket
– UseFaircoin
Concluding, FairCoop is evolving day-by-day and goes hand-by-hand with each one of our members around the world. Contact us anytime to find out more and become part of our revolutionary vision.
Specific proposal from Freedom Coop distribution to local nodes: 
A first draft for a proposal about how to distribute the 60% of incomes of freedom coop between the local nodes:
After an interesting discussion in the local nodes assembly, it was said that there are three criteria that should be taken in account for being able to make a fair distribution following the principles and the vision of Faircoop.
These three criteria are:
– All the active Faircoop nodes should get a part of the incomes, independently of if they are contributing to Freedomcoop or if they are in Europe or any other continent.
– The local nodes who are doing a welcome work related Freedomcoop should have a major % of the distribution.
– Should be taken in account from which countries comes each proportion of fees, in order to have also a balance which account the cost of life in the different countries.
Therefore a first draft proposal would be:
a) 1/3 of all the incomes will be distributed equally between all the active local nodes. What this equality means is something that should be agreed based in the general criteria of good practices of a local node. Look this provisional document:  
b) 1/3 of all incomes will be distributed equally only between the local nodes who are active with freedom coop tasks at local level.
c) 1/3 of all incomes will be distributed to the local nodes based in the total of fees received from their own country.  
– Half of that to all local nodes actives in the area (same criteria than a)
– Half of that to only the local nodes actives in freedom coop tasks (same criteria than b)