@dajbelshaw I split my response up into the two parts of the original post
[long threads of] middle-aged white guys talking endlessly about governance
firstly I think that we would benefit from being clear about what we want to achieve - e.g. we want to improve the representation of the non-white-male people who already exist in CoTech, or we want to improve the membership of non-white-male people, maybe also meaning that we want to help deal with the white-male dominance of the tech scene outside
If people wanted to be in it, could we try setting up a sociocracy-type circle to help direct some CoTech organisation around this? It might help to make this a circle exclusively organised by non-white-men, which means nobody in this thread the rest of us can probably help and have a dialogue without moving in and dominating that space. My experience is limited though with this kind of organising, as is that within our particular co-op, so I might be highlighting a need there
So my question is whether anyone’s come across an approach that works reasonably well at scale for this kind of thing?
I don’t know that much about it but I know that in Rojava people have organised a form of decentralised governance at a national scale. I’ve heard that it has good representation in terms of gender, race and religion, but I’d like to stress again that I don’t know much more about it
I know that there are people in the UK co-ops scene who are working for supporting Rojava and their co-ops, and trying to establish more mutual aid between our countries. It sounds like this could be the kind of thing which we can most valuably learn from them
I find myself doing the thread thing haha, but I think that I’m suggesting a few ways to move it into a different space so maybe it’s okay