Other languages: Castellano
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.
- Studying orgs - studying related organizational theories and practices
Early drafts of newer documents
Stories, links, presentations, related theory
Mailing list: openorg-dev
To register, so you can edit this Wiki (but please post ideas on the mailing list before making changes), email the mailing list. Registration was open, but dealing with fake registrations and wiki spam was taking too much time. There are technical solutions to this, but we don't have the time right now to implement them.
When contacting us
- please do not email any of us working on it individually
- unless you have a very good reason to do so.
- Post to the mailing list directly.
Meetings logged here: MeetingsLog
Project progress / history of work done: ProjectLog
List of priorities to work on (used sporadicaly, not up-to-date): ProjectPriorities