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Decision Making

How Decisions Are Made

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.

Types of Decisions

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
Decision
Responsibility
Decision Type
Business Strategy
Board of Directors
Democratic (Super majority)
Dividend Allocation
Board of Directors
Democratic (Super majority)
Compensating Leadership
Board of Directors
Democratic (Super majority)
Selecting Leadership
Board of Directors
Democratic (Super majority)
Amending Decision Making Matrix
Board of Directors
Democratic (Super majority)
Fundraising Strategy
Director of operations
Consent (Board of Directors)
Negotiating Funding Terms
Director of Operations
Delegate
Check Signing Authority
Director of Operations
Delegate
Hiring/ Firing Staff
Mgmt (Dir of Ops + Dir of Product)
Delegate
Budgeting
Director of Operations
Democratic (Board of Directors)
Approve New Contributor
Contributors
Consent
Approve New Investment
Artist-Owners
Democratic
Approve Brand/ Corporate Partnership
Artist-Owners
Democratic
Approve New Worker-Owner
Worker-Owners
Democratic
Approve New Artists
Artist Team
Delegates
Growth Strategy
Worker-Owners
Consultative (Contributors & Artists)
Product Strategy
Director of Product
Consultative (Contributors & Artists)
Other day-to-day operations
Mgmt
Delegate
Workplace policies
Mgmt
Consultative (Worker-owners)
Community Standards & Guidelines
Worker-Owners
Consultative (Contributors & Artists)
Selection of the Board of Directors
All Members
Democratic
Fate of Ampled (Merger or Acquitision)
All Members
Democratic
Proposal Submission
All Members
Democratic
General Meeting Voting Rights
All Members
Democratic
Expel artist
Artist-owners
Democratic

Ampled Board of Directors

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.

Artists (3 seats)

Artist-Owners elect 3 Directors.

Workers (3 seats)

Worker-Owners elect 3 Directors.

Community (3 seats)

Community Members elect 3 Directors.

Elections

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.
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