Democratic decision making is one of the core cooperative principles. Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Here is an outline of how we are approaching shared decision making, which will continue to evolve.
Consensus Everyone agrees
Democratic Voting with defined thresholds for majority rule
Majority: A simple majority required
Supermajority: The action does not pass if one stakeholder group vetoes with a simple majority
Consent Absence of objections
Consultative Decision made with input from others
Delegate Someone given authority to make particular decisions
A Board of Directors is a governing body that guides corporate strategy, profit distribution, and selecting/ compensation/ terminating leadership. Our board of directors is the decision making body made up of representatives from each membership class.
The Board of Directors for tech platforms are often controlled by venture capital investors, without worker or user representation. Ampled's Board of Directors is centered around the idea of "codetermination". Workers and users are affected by the decsisions of tech platforms, so they should have a seat at the table.
Our Board consists of elected representatives, to serve as stewards of the interests of each stakeholder group of Ampled.
Artist-Owners elect 3 Directors.
Worker-Owners elect 3 Directors.
Community Members elect 3 Directors.
Our first election for board representation was held in January of 2021. We elected 3 Artist-Owner Directors, 3 Worker-Owner Directors, and 3 Community Member Directors.
Any Artist-Owners or Worker-Owners can nominate themselves and vote in board elections.