[fyeg_gen-l] OPEN ORGANIZATIONS - Guidelines: how to set up and maintain transparent, accountable and truly participative communities

Dante-Gabryell Monson dante.monson at gmail.com
Sat Apr 29 22:14:04 CEST 2006

Guidelines explaining how to set up and maintain transparent, accountable
and truly participative communities :


pasted from site:


The structures that organizations typically use for decision-making are
closed: individuals are unaccountable, abuses of power are hard to prevent
and knowledge is hoarded. The goal of this project is to explain how to set
up and maintain transparent, accountable and truly participative
communities. The desire for open organizations stems from a widespread
dissatisfaction not only with the formal power structures found in
governments and corporations, but also with the informal structures found in
many voluntary and activist groups. Informal structures are sometimes
created intentionally, but more often they appear 'by default'; since they
are hidden, and often personal, they are very difficult to challenge, or
even to identify and discuss. This is one of the major causes of conflict in
activist and volunteer groups. It often takes up a lot of time and energy at
the expense of the ideals pursued and projects undertaken, and has a
demoralising effect on individual groups and on the movements they are
involved in. Open Organizations is one of many initiatives that attempt to
propose solutions to this problem. It is focused on elaborating a concrete
framework for action.



   - INTRODUCTION<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/IntroToOpenOrg>(read
this first)
   - Guidelines for Volunteer Working
   - Guidelines for Consensus
   - Modules <http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/ModuLe> and
   Roles <http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/RoLe> that
   organizations can adopt [image: NEW]

  Related documents

   - Functional and Non-Functional Decision-Making Processes -
   - The Systems View of an Open
   - For Positive Terms and
   - Placebo Effect<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/PlaceboEffect>
   - Essay on Open
   Feb 2004 (hrvatski<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/EssayOoIntro>)

  Related Research

   - Studying orgs
<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/StudyOo>- studying
related organizational theories and practices [image:

  Older documents

   - Open Organizations, A
   - Guidelines for Open
   - On Networked Cultural Capital: recognition, accessibility and non
   scarcity of power<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/OpenOrgNetCultCapital>

  Early drafts of newer documents

   - notes on re-reading openorg email
unfinished re-reading
   - EthicsAndSocialTransformation<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/EthicsAndSocialTransformation>--
the use of ethics in strategies of social transformation
   - ConditionsOfPossibility<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/ConditionsOfPossibility>-
dealing with conditions necessary for open-orgs
   - DependenciesProcess<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/DependenciesProcess>-
possible new regular process to care for existing dependecies
   - EngineeringApproach<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/EngineeringApproach>-
the application of engineering principles to social problems
   - ProcessDependencyGraph<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/ProcessDependencyGraph>-
an illustration of the dependencies between open-org processes.
   - OpenOrgCharter<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/OpenOrgCharter>-
a proposed charter for the Open Organizations Project
   - BoundariesOfOpenness<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/BoundariesOfOpenness>-
various meanings of openness and what stands in their ways [image:

  Stories, links, presentations, related theory

   - Stories <http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/OpenOrgStories>about
OpenOrg (its history, its use, etc.)
   - Examples<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/OpenOrgExamples>of
groups that explicitly say they use the OpenOrg framework
   - Links <http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/OpenOrgLinks> to
   related work
   - Presentations/workshops<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/PreSentations>of
the framework: documents, slides, workshop descriptions ([image:
   NEW] -> OpenCongressLondon2005<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/OpenCongressLondon2005>)

   - Related theory<http://www.open-organizations.org/view/Main/RelatedTheory>:
   essays, books, authors, concepts we find useful/related


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