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Normative system

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This document explains the normative system of SENSORICA


Table of contents

Important links

Introduction

Philosophy

A simple agreement management system

The agreement and acknowledgement module

The repository

Fluid p2p normative system

Actual rules

Content production and distribution

Discussions around Content rules

The use of SENSORICA brand

For physical spaces

Actual norms

Norms around social capital

Rationale

Links to list of contacts

Best practices around Crowdfunding

Dealing with companies interested in SENSORICA technology

Other ideas

Important links

Introduction

This document was created in May 2012 with the aim to co-design an emergent normative system. At this moment, SENSORICA is a transitory structure, a hybrid between the post-industrial economy and the new, participatory, or collaborative economy. Its normative system must be emergent and adaptive in order to follow the metamorphoses of SENSORICA towards a true commons-based peer-production system.

This is a blank slate initiative!

In April 2014 Tibi proposed Fluid p2p governance.

Philosophy

An open value network is an implementation of commons-based peer production. The emphasis is put on the individual, which is seen as part of a community.

Rules vs norms

Rules are imposed codes of conduct, they are authoritarian in nature, created and imposed by a governing body invested with power. They are seen as barriers that cannot be transgressed, they are formal.

Norms are informal codes of conduct that emanate from social dynamics. They are suggestions of conduct and are more or less explicitly related to outcomes of a conduct with positive or negative consequences for the individual.

Anarchic and p2p organizations struggle to minimize the number of explicit rules and to make more transparent the functioning of the organization in order to achieve an acceptable degree of self-regulation through norms.

A simple agreement management system

Two main components:

  1. a peer-backed agreement and acknowledgement module and a
  2. repository module.

The agreement and acknowledgement module

See the Contribution Acknowledgement and Agreement document 

Email through third party (like Gmail for example) is accepted in a court of law as proof. Therefore, it can be used as a formal agreement between individuals. For example, one email states the terms of the agreement and asks active members to reply to the message, in favor or disfavor. Those who are in favor are essentially signing the agreement, which can be used in a court of law to decide on a litigation, if the conflict goes that far.

This can be easily implemented using a Google Group. It is possible to share ownership for Google Groups, which is aligned with our core principle of decentralization.

Apart from solving an eventual conflict by using an external institution, this practice also affects processes within the network. Someone taking a public engagement using this module, acknowledged by peers, cannot state the contrary in the future without having his/her reputation diminished, which, in turn, can affect the amount of value this member can extract from the network.

This module can be used for agreements between two or more members, or even for agreements that would bind the entire network. It can also be used for acknowledging important actions.

Access to this module (the Google Group to begin with) is only limited to active members (those who have logged tangible contributions in our value accounting system)

The repository

Agreements are drafted and submitted to the agreement and acknowledgement module. If they are not accepted they go back to the drawing table until a consensus is reached. If they are accepted by all the parties involved they become part of our constitution (with a VERY small “c”), and can be used as examples/templates for future agreements. The successful agreements (those which are actually enacted) get transferred to the repository.

An easy way to implement the repository is a wiki. The wiki infrastructure makes our constitution (with a VERY small “c”) very flexible. If some previously successful agreements are improved in subsequent cases they get updated in the repository/wiki. Agreements can also be forked according to circumstances. The wiki also allows agreements to be structured - a deontological logic, and precisely defined - semantics. The body of all successful agreements makes the normative system of SENSORICA.

The repository is public, and can become a reference for all future value networks.

Loomio can be used for consensus building.

Fluid p2p normative system

See proposition by Tibi

Actual rules

Content production and distribution

See the  Content rules document.

Rationale

The goal is to provide easy access to edit, but at the same time to reduce friction.

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Discussions around Content rules

The use of SENSORICA brand

Open document

For physical spaces

Open SENSORICA Montreal labonline rules

Open OVN wiki page on Physical resource governance.

Actual norms

Norms around social capital

We encourage sharing contacts to with the community. At this moment, we do that by creating spreadsheets with contacts names. For every contact there is a list of active affiliates who have a trust-based relation with the contact.

If you find a contact in the list that you want to engage with, respect the existing trust-based relations. Ask the individual(s) with the connection to introduce you first and take it from there. Feel free to develop the relationship on your own. Use tact and common sense.

Jumping over too fast or frustrating established relations might cost you reputation.

If you share your list of contacts feel free to add instructions and rules around them.

Rationale

Social contacts, or trust-based relations can be utilized in different ways for the benefit of the community. Different individuals can use trust-based relations in different ways. This is why it is important to share connections and let others find ways to create value from them.

One concern is to avoid accumulation of social capital or to avoid creating a mechanism through which some popular and reputable individuals become increasingly more influential, became powerful hubs in the network.

Sharing social connections and allowing others to develop on them allows a wider distribution of social capital. It is believed that this practice allows the network to extract more value for the collective social capital.

[NEW added by Tibi July 23, 2016]

When making rules around our personal lists of contacts that we share with the community we can think of the following principles

1. This is your social capital and you are entitled to benefit if the community uses it and benefits. Being included in the exchange allows you to stay on top of that.

2. It is in the benefit of the community to act along the lines of trust, that are already established.

Links to list of contacts

Restricted to SENSORICA affiliates only!

Best practices around Crowdfunding

Related to incentives for the campaign

Those who are involved in crowdfunding campaigns share a % of the funds as soon as the funds are collected. One proposition is to define tasks and to estimate total time spent and decide on the % so that it becomes worthwhile for those involved. Some individuals will contribute with their tools (professional photo and video cameras and gears).

Distribution of funds

After a % has been given to the team who delivered the crowdfunding campaign, the rest of the funds are transferred to a custodian (Oslantis offers the role of custodian). The funds are distributed to groups based on a development roadmap, which breaks down the project in sub-projects and tasks with clear deliverables, and support tasks (facilitation, office work, etc.).

NOTE: a crowdfunding campaign can use the SENSORICA brand only with the sanction of the community.

Dealing with companies interested in SENSORICA technology

Open document

Other ideas

[tibi] we need to innovate in terms of legal framework. We need p2p legal tools, i.e. tools that regulate many-to-many relations. In the institutional case we have one-to-many regulations, i.e. members sign a contract with the institution, represented by a legal entity. This about employment contracts. SENSORICA is a p2p network, and all power shall be distributed among contributors/members/affiliates. This is NOT a strange idea. The whole economy works in a similar manner, the general legal framework regulates relations between economic agents, corporation, coops, … SENSORICA is an economy. Sometimes, economic agents integrate other legal structures like conglomerates, partnerships, sponsorships...  but most entities do business without integrating complex formal frameworks.