On Sept 25, 2013, members voted to end the democratic-business management structure here (the Constitution, civics, and council) and have Collective Agency be viewed more as a traditional business. The time cost of weekly meetings and thinking about the business was more than members desired, and members say they trust me to own the business.
In the months since, members have organized more social and work activities and hired each other. A lot of the community management/facilitation that I and staff had to do originally, members like to do now.
My commitment has been to treat everybody equally within the rules, and to have democratic access — for members to have initiative, accountability, collaboration, for there to be transparency on all the terms, for me and the two employees here, Resh and Kenneth, to be responsive to member requests and to lead with high expectations. And it’s great.
For archives and history, the Constitution is here: https://collectiveagency.co/governance/constitution/
We are still one of the world’s most democratic workplaces. http://worldblu.com/awardee-profiles/2013.php The weekly governance meetings where members/customers set the rates and other policies, and term-limits of leaders, are things that I have not heard of other companies doing. My main passion with business democracy is for people to come together and figure out what we want and how to make it happen. And that is happening even more here with our new and more traditional structure.
The many recent photos on the blog are one of the best ways to see what’s happening here, just click on the blog titles to see the photos.