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What is Sunbeam City?

The Sunbeam City is an online cooperative that runs a Mastodon instance and a wiki. To make the governing of the Sunbeam City Cooperative transparent, the coop uses several other services: Open Collective, Loomio, and a Matrix chat.

The purpose of the Sunbeam City Cooperative is to promote the values of the solarpunk movement (as defined in our Values and Mission Statement) by investing in and running technologies that empower users, educating and spreading awareness of the solarpunk movement, providing mutual aid for its members, and providing support for other groups who share our values.

What are our values?

We believe in values of the solarpunk movement, which we believe to include:

  • Post-Capitalism;
  • Social, economic and ecological justice;
  • Permaculture, green/appropriate tech, and sustainable living;
  • Cooperation, community and mutual aid;
  • Decentralisation, democracy and self-empowerment;
  • Knowledge-sharing.

The entirety of our Values and Mission Statement is available here.

How are we governed?

The coop membership consists of paying and / or labour-contributing members. See how to become a coop member below.

Members can create a proposal for the general membership to approve or refuse on our Loomio, but most of the discussion prior to the proposal is carried out in our Matrix chat. The proposals stay open for 7 days so that everyone has a chance to vote.

Day-to-day tasks are carried out by action squads. There are currently three: Admin, Tech, and Comms.

For more details, read our Governance Policy.

What is in your Code of Conduct?

Our code of conduct is available here and applies to all members regardless of their role.

Why do you have so many services, and what are they even?

Each of our services serves a different purpose.

  • Mastodon is a social network and people can join even if they don't want to be part of the cooperative. A Mastodon quick start guide is available here.
  • Wiki is used for documenting the work that the coop does and for building a knowledge base for a solarpunk and DIY projects. We use DokuWiki.
  • Open Collective allows us to collect membership fees and to be transparent about how we spend our money. More about Open Collective here.
  • Loomio is a decision-making software where all members of the cooperative can participate in how the cooperative is run and what actions it takes. More about Loomio here.
  • #sunbeam-city Matrix chat room is where anyone can observe and offer their opinion on issues concerning the cooperative, although the actual decisions are decided by the coop members. If you're not yet sure about joining the coop but you're interested, join our chat.
    More about Matrix here.

How to become a member of the Sunbeam City Cooperative?

  1. Contact a member of a Administration & Community Action Squad (find members here) indicating your interest.
  2. Sign up for OpenCollective and back the Sunbeam City Cooperative. Include a link to your Mastodon account on your OC profile so we know who you are.
  3. Sign up for our Loomio page.
  4. Let the Admin AS know that you've completed all the steps, so that you can be approved on Loomio and start voting!

Don't forget to join the #sunbeam-city Matrix room to keep an eye on new developments.

Do I have to use my real name for the OC profile?

If you'd rather not use your real name, you don't have to.

How to become a member of an Action Squad?

Option A: Apply for a position to the current members of the action squad you're interested in. If all of them agree, congratulations - you're a member!

Option B: Start a proposal on Loomio (or have another member start it for you) to become a AS member. If the proposal gets twice as many Agrees to Disagrees from the general membership, you become a member of the action squad.

How do I contribute to the wiki?

If you do not yet have an account but would like to contribute, please contact a member of the administration community who will be able to create an account for you.

faq.txt · Last modified: 2018/12/14 02:03 by puffinux