[TheThinkTank] What are your Constitutions/Bylaws?

Jason Moore moorepants at gmail.com
Tue Apr 27 00:43:12 PDT 2021


Also, several other bylaw examples are here:
https://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/By-laws

Jason
moorepants.info


On Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 9:40 AM Jason Moore <moorepants at gmail.com> wrote:

> Angel,
>
> > The most exciting thing about those bylaws at the time was that they
> were designed to meet the hierarchical legal requirements while also
> keeping power within a strong consensus model.
>
> Yes, we worked quite hard on this aspect and I hope it can stand the test
> of time.
>
> Kevin's workshop lives on in perpetuity:
> https://archive.org/details/KevinWolfOnFacilitationAndConsensus
>
> Jason
> moorepants.info
>
>
> On Mon, Apr 26, 2021 at 11:53 PM Angel York <aniola at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Aaron - I was there when the davis bike collective first made those
>> bylaws!  It took like a year and a lawyer.
>>
>> The most exciting thing about those bylaws at the time was that they were
>> designed to meet the hierarchical legal requirements while also keeping
>> power within a strong consensus model.  How we did that is that the
>> President/Secretary/Treasurer were given no more responsibilities in their
>> official capacity than instructed by official group decisions at meetings.
>> (In reality, we still live in a world where people oo and ah at the title
>> of president/treasurer/secretary, but everyone tried to supress it.)
>>
>> An important parallel process was learning about consensus as a group.
>> We got Kevin Wolf the founder of N Street co-housing to come give everyone
>> a talk on how to do consensus.  We paid him (I forget the name of his
>> consulting biz), and we bribed all current members to attend with full-size
>> burritos from the burrito shop a block away on L Street, and like 95% of
>> everyone came and we all learned a lot.
>>
>>   Let me know if you have any questions.
>>
>> On Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 12:20 PM Aaron Shaw <atshaw at ucdavis.edu> wrote:
>>
>>> Hey Bike Collective fam,
>>>
>>> I’m trying to find some examples of bylaws/constitutions from other
>>> community bike projects. Can you share your bylaws with us? Our collective
>>> is interested in how other bike collectives are structured and guided
>>> through their foundational documents.
>>>
>>> Here are the Bylaws from the Davis Bike Collective:
>>> https://davisbikecollective.org/bylaws/
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>> Aaron
>>>
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