What organisational and legal forms could be the most effective in helping us pursuing our Purpose?
How are we going to make decisions together?
How are we going to generate and allocate the funds necessary to sustain and expand the operations of the Health Commons Hub?
The Hub is, first of all, a commons and our organisational processes are guided by the Ostrom principles.
Currently, HCH is a project initiated and supported by the School of Commoning, a Community Interest Company, which acts as its fiscal agent until members decide it’s time to create a new legal entity to carry out the functions of the project.
We use Integrative Decision Making, as the principal method for deciding things together.
Most of the tools and services of the Health Commons Hub are provided free of charge to all, as our contribution to the gift economy. When on top them we charge a modest fee for value-adding services, the revenues go to the commons, and its members decide about the proportions in which it should be used for meeting collective needs vs. distributed as dividends among the members who contributed to their generation.
As an organisation we are a community of practice, a commons and a social enterprise, all in one.
Between us we share experience in strategic thinking, consulting, the Art of Hosting, World Café, facilitation, generative dialogue, holistic healthcare, social care, management, teaching, community engagement, online facilitation, and other skills in the field of organisational development and learning.
The Health Commons Hub as a community of practice (CoP)
As a CoP, we support each other’s everyday work in organising and connecting community-centred health initiatives.
We are also passionate about exploring in our own lives the possibilities for better health through sharing and reflecting on our diverse practices and experiences.
We develop and validate practices, checklists, and process templates worth replicating, by our members and other stakeholders.
We organise, manage, and steward a body of knowledge from which community members can draw.
The CoP aspect of the Health Commons Hub is the core driver of our collaboration.
The Health Commons Hub as a commons
As a commons, we serve in a clearinghouse function, by collecting, organizing, and referencing the world’s shared knowledge about community-led health initiatives, people-centred healthcare, and related resources.
Our main purpose is to create an infrastructure that enables collaboration.
We steward, open-source, and disseminate our knowledge resources, making them widely available to all who can benefit from them.
We invite, partner with, and inspire health activists, policy makers, social workers, visionary leaders in health-related state, business or voluntary organisations, to help generate and contribute to creating resources for the commons.
We are a platform, a nexus of connections for various community-lead health projects and organisations, supporting collaboration across their boundaries.
The distribution of our knowledge resources will take place, primarily, through:
- The Health Commons Hub website and such social media outlets as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, SlideShare, and Google Hangout, including links to community led health projects and initiative, resources in specialized forums, wikis, and blogs
- Interactive newsletter, first quarterly, then, as we build momentum, monthly, including interviews with leaders in citizen-led health initiatives, future-responsive professional organisations and networks and health commons-friendly policy makers.
- Open-enrolment public events
Engaged in the activities above, we are contributing to the incubation and development of the commons as a new type of collaborative organisation in the field of health and wellbeing, which is based on principles of stewardship rather than ownership.
The Health Commons Hub as a social enterprise
Besides our open source, commons-generated content, we, as a social enterprise deliver fee-based, educational and advisory services to health organisations.
Those services will be designed for anybody interested in integrated health and socialcare, collaborative partnerships, supporting compassion in healthcare, sustainable models of health and social care, and how technology can support those qualities. Their intended, primary beneficiaries are leaders interested to transform health and social care.
We charge reasonable fees for our client work, the total revenue from which will be allocated between the needs of sustaining the commons and dividends paid to honor the needs of our members, in proportions decided by our co-governance process.
We are open to partner with individuals and organizations based on shared values, mutual benefits and enhanced contribution to the common good.
The initial form of our social enterprise is an autonomous project having the School of Commoning, a Community Interest Company, as its fiscal agent. When the HCH activities take off and call for the establishment of its own legal structure, we intend to form a Community Interest Company working in partnership with the School of Commoning.