A community report is a paper to reflect on what was happening over the last weeks. And to be honest: nobody knows what exactly happend, but at least this community report trys to highlight some adventures and development.
Yunity as a network is in its structure quite fluid. To grasp what is happening and how to participate seems sometimes a bit difficult if you're not full time involved. The following includes some of the activites that took place, tasks we solved, issues we faced and solutions we learnt.
Where are we?*
We're full of excitment, working simultaneously on many tasks. Some are visable, some are on a personal basis in our self. There is no other way to change the world before changing ourself.
"Trust and transparency between people is key to social relations and working together for change." - @Anna
What are we doing?
A lot and everything. But have a look to some of the detailed actions:
yunity movement - Being on Tour:
During the last weeks many of us have been on tour. Spreading and living yunity. Several events have been attended. The learning process we travelled through brought us closer to the vision and to each other.
Starting with empty hands and ending up with a car full of stuff to spontaniously build a place of sharing on the new healing festival.
Speaking infront of 500 activists about yunity during the climacamp.
Reopening a school which was about geting demolished by the greed of RWE for coal.
degrow conference and occupying a park
being with foodsharing on a couple of events.
connecting to local activists in turkey
Some of the expression here in picture. Reading the full report of the tour click here:
Read the full yunity tour report august 2016
Product & Development Team.
Presenting the new frontend (Lars Wolf) - https://mvp-design.yunity.org
Main focus for Lars so far was on the design parts - you can already see a
somewhat running demo on
https://mvp-design.yunity.org/login/index.html#/ (you can log in as
email@example.com; password "123").
Starting the new frontend structure (Flo Hoyer) - https://github.com/yunity/foodsaving-frontend
Renaming the foodsaving repos (Tilmann) - https://yunity.slack.com/archives/development/p1473760741000005
Meeting on foodsaving tool features - 2016-09-13 - Narrowing down features
Bringing together the foodsaving templates with AngularJS (@tiltec , Konrad Becker, @zedxloud )
Slack integration for syscon tool (@nitram )
Unit testing framework for foodsharing.de (Nick Sellen, Matthias Larisch)
Foodsharing, Foodsaving International
While groups have been on tour a couple of contacts have been made of people interested and willing to start foodsharing.
The concepts of building up foodsaving and foodsharing are with different focus.
One is about mainly focusing on foodsaving, while the other concept is about having the concept of yunity as a whole in mind.
Some of the work which have been done:
Kickstarting foodsharing in copenhagen.
Seeding and starting foodsharing in Rotterdam. To learn from the experience we've made in Rotterdam read this retroperspective:
Published the guidelines subpages (Janina Abels, Tilmann, Tais Real, Robert Lipp)
2016-08-05 - Dreaming/Planning Meeting
2016-08-06 - Planning meeting continuation
2016-09-12 Overview of destinations2016-09-13 Preparation I - Software, Transportation
2016-09-14 Preparation II - Media Kit
Continue the planning of the FSINT tour
Continue connecting with people interested in a yunity tour.
Robert made a survey about the contributers of yunity. 95 people took place. @Doug
is working intensivly writing a manual for syscon and beyoond the existing concept. You find the work here: https://douginamug.gitbooks.io/a-systemic-consensus-manual-testing/content/
Joachim with a similar approach is publishing his work here: https://yunity.atlassian.net/wiki/display/SM/Syscon+online+manual
Anna is researching on well being and health and start to publish via medium:
An introduction to salutogenesis: rethinking health
We've proved that you need nothing but a great idea which time has come. We started from scratch. Now one year after we have a solid network. A solid place still not yet exist for us. Since many weeks one of our dreams is creating an permanent yunity enviroment.
A couple of people, specially from the coder perspective seeing from this an increase of speed of the process we're in.
There are some possibilities but nothing clear so far.
While the concepts and intentions of creating a Wuppspace are different the motivation is high in creating different spaces fitting to the different needs.
save and secure working and living environment (contact @Doug)
free cultural spaces (contact @paulfree14)
Quellstadt, a vegan, drug and money free village build out of natural material (contact: Joachim)
What have been happen so far:
* Networking and making contacts as usual
* research into legal structure of holding places
* 2 month of living and working experience in a 11.000 qm building we've got invited in Rotterdam
Rotterdam have been an big learning process for all of us and won't be something we would like to missed out. To make this learning experience accessible for all those haven't been included into the process here some insights of the reflections we've made.
Read more about this here:
Many of them happened during this first year. Every special and unique by itself. While we all know what we love on wuppdays let's jump directly into what can be improved.
Here are some of the wishes:
- structure to support building group rhythm and synchrony.
- creating language patterns for clear communication.
- open and deep conversations with all together
- exploring different ways of meetings/gatherings
- information flow (make it easy accessible what's happening)
- smoking in smoking area
- rest days (silence day)
- reflection on drug consumption and the effects.
And while all the meetings, lamasching, computer work at least one person found something useful to do. Joachim in his passion of working with clay.
Stuff some other people prefer as activities.
Working, eating and community live in once. This are the Wuppbreak of yunity.
Martin Schiller What motivates you being part of yunity?**
I am interested in helping develop the
yunity platform. I love the community at yunity and feel at home being
part of yunity. I want to change the society we live in and spread the
world of love from yunity. @nitram
Martin and Raphael left, the party goes on with yunity and sharacy
Like the most of you probably heard, Raphael decided to step back from yunity. Conversations have been quite controversy before he announced to leave. From Raphaels side there have been a strong focus and wish of creating an entity which pays contributors based on their needs. The feedback from the community quite solid. We want to focus on the work itself and embodying our vision and mission.
But who can describe the reasons to leave yunity better then Raphael and Martin by themselves:
Statement of Martin and Raphael
it is nice to have you! I hope you are good and you had wonderful sunny days! I
had a really busy and eventful summer. We moved to Kirchheim unter
Teck, and thus I am happy to finally send you a letter full of news.
We started with WuppDays a
short year ago, to push the platform for foodsharing forward and to
develop a tool for worldwide saving and sharing through yunity. Despite a
lot of WuppDays and very motivated people, we ran short in development
and continued WoManpower. We have again given everything to go about the
development of the yunity software almost without money. However, we
had to realize, that the requirements for such a complex, global and
ambitioned software-project in this frame without money is not
realizable. Similar to how hard it was for me to permanently live free
of money, we felt that this is no viable way for most of people, who
wish stability to unfold their capabilities in today’s money-world.
So, Martin – with whom I am working
on foodsharing for years and respectively developed the concept of a
multi-saving and sharing platform – and I asked ourselves, what the most
important thing for the world and foodsharing is – to facilitate
worldwide saving of resources or the freedom of money? We decided (with a
heavy heart), that freedom of money is not the main goal and that the
new platform shouldn’t fall victim to it.
Within yunity, we were
conducting discussions about payment of jobs as well as founding an
official organization to be able to accept donations and to be able to
pay people for their activities, so that they can continuously
concentrate in full-time on the development of the platform, without
having concerns about their basic supplies. Unfortunately, after several
votings, these proposals were not accepted, and out of respect for the
decisions of people who joined the yunity movement in the last ten
months accomplishing a lot, separated from yunity.
We are currently founding the non-profit organisation Sharecy UG, in which there are no shareholders and it cannot distribute profits because all donations and other earnings can only be used to reach the goals and objectives of the nonprofit organisation. Thereby we can meet the official launch-deadline on 26th of May 2017 and provide the free of charge and publicity-free open source platform to the already existing foodsharing-community of meanwhile 150.000 users, but also to all other users, initiatives, oganizations etc., through the Sharecy-platform, and thus rescaling the project to a global extent.
The funding will be covered initially through private donations, foundations and a crowdfunding-campaign. The corresponding film is already in the can. It starts in October.
During the 5,5 years I have lived in a
money-strike and didn’t accept any money, I was mainly committed into
the formation, development, buildup and extension of the
foodsharing-community, be it software, organization, meetings or public
relations. From now on I will fully engage into the development
and the composition of Sharecy. Martin and I will dispurse a salary of
800€-1000€ per month in order to cover running costs like rent and basic
needs, otherwise we are not able to bring our full energies into the
In a few weeks, we will publish the
official job descriptions for programmers, designers, fundraisers,
accounting, public relations and assistant and are very happy if you
could join us today to help in the following fields (write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Building a website (Onepager with menu in WordPress)Creation of a logo for Sharecy (ideas and suggestions below)Translation and proofreading of the website texts in English and German
or maybe join the Sharecy-Team directly.
Here you can find some drafts
for the logo. We thought about the colours of the dots slowly changing
their shade, so that a colour gradient is generated. As colours we could
either take the colours underlining Sharecy below or a colour gradient
which contains all colours once (the whole chromatic circle). And of
course, we are open for completely different suggestions as well – allow
free play to your creativity!
Feedback to Raphael:
We thankful for all what you have done so far. Without you, foodsharing and unity wouldn't exist how it is now. You have been very active during a couple of years, living and promoting a way of living which is based on trust and collaboration either then exploration and concurrence. You've brought being moneyless to the public and initiated yunity.
We understand that being father comes with great responsibility. Most of us are in different living conditions. Which simply means that our decisions are based on different experience.
Still, paying people isn't the way yunity is deciding for. What we experienced is that group coherence and group organization are the key values of being effective. This one of the main outcomes yunity developed during the last month. Researchers and deeper understanding of the need of collaborative decision finding well integrated in autonomy.
We wish you all the best. Please keep in mind that yunity is always waiting with open arms.
This proposal has been developed by: Philipp Engelbutzeder, Martin Schott and Raphael Fellmer
Please read the long explanation to understand more about the intentions and background of the money crowd flow as well as the Flow-Chart to get a better picture of the process.
The idea behind the money crowd flow (MCFlow) is to empower as many current and future contributors of yunity as possible to fully concentrate on their contribution to the realisation of yunity.
From different sources (like fundraising, crowdfunding, donations, etc.) we have a certain amount of money at our disposal, e.g. 7000 € per month for 1 year. As soon as we have more financial means, we can enable even more people to have their basic income covered.
Every member of the #core-team channel states, after answering a set of questions, what amount of money he or she needs to be able to contribute to yunity.
Every person who answered the questions can than give trust-votes to current contributors, applicants and vacant slots (e.g. for developers or designers) that he or she trusts the most and wants to enable to contribute to the vision, mission and primary objective of yunity.
The result is a list according to the number of trust-votes of current yunity contributors, applicants and vacant slots for future contributors. The money that we have at our disposal will be used to first meet the monetary needs of the people on top of the list. Then the money flows to the next person and so on until it is all used. When we will have new financial means the next persons on the list who have not received money yet, will then get than their needs covered as well for one year.
Key facts about the MCFlow
Transparency: As much transparency as possible, as much privacy as necessary
Enables as many core team contributors to have their personal needs covered to fully concentrate on yunity’s vision, mission and primary objective
The core team can trust-vote on contributors that they want to see free of worries for their needs
Combined with a smart resource and knowledge management
Makes decrease of monetary needs visible over time
Attracts and enables new contributors to join
Money flows from the top of the list to as many people as possible
Enables people all over the world to support yunity through their means either by donation or their contribution
Gives trust in the swarm intelligence
Raises awareness about the usage of money
Encourages to use money responsibly
Takes into consideration the different money lifestyles of the contributors
Provides everything each contributor needs in order to let them focus on yunity
Establishes a flexible kind of basic income according to the needs of the contributors
A unique and solidary way of a group to deal with money
This proposal has been made by Raphael Fellmer, Martin Schott and Phillip. The resistance from the community was high.
The proposal with the lowest resistance have been
Process proposal: How can yunity achieve its primary objective most quickly and stably?
This question needs to be answered first, to be able to decide if money even is the means to go for to achieve the goal of getting a good MVP in a reasonable amount of time. Since it's late already i'm totally open to further discuss the exact wording of the question, i just needed to put it down now, before i forget about it...
From there we jumped into a sys con for deeper process. Raphael decided to not take part.
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