LAVA's "Structure Document"
This is a tentative agreement on our structure agreed upon by the collective.
1) The General Collective
The space will be managed by a collective of individuals and groups. There will be open, general meetings for the collective, and anyone who comes to these members will be considered a 'member' of the collective. These members will be encouraged to participate in discussions and to volunteer for shifts and projects within the space. These general meetings will be run by consensus, however general consensus members will not be able to block consensus nor will they immediately get keys. We will consistently hold new orientation meetings, where new members can learn about the history and occupants and mission of the space, learn about consensus decision making processes, and also conflict resolution processes.
There will also be 'keyholders' (or 'core' members) who will have the right to block consensus, and these keyholders (as the name suggests) will receive keys to the space. The admission of a new 'keyholder' requires the consensus of the group.
A group can also be a member of the collective, as a group. The group must send a spokesperson to the collective meeting. For a group to be a keyholder, they must either be a tenant or it must be agreed upon by the collective.
4) Commitment to Community Resource Projects
We want our commitment to providing resources to the community to be institutionalized in our structure, to prevent us from dropping our commitment when we become too busy. To that end, we want to commit to maintain at least 4 interactive, community-based projects that provide public resources.
5) "Tenant" groups
We will make explicit arrangements with groups who wish to privately use space in the building on a one-to-one basis. Our general commitment is to eliminate rent entirely or make it as low as possible. We may ask the group to commit to a minimal rent that may be waived on a month-to-month basis, if fundraising is sufficient. We may also ask groups for other kinds of commitments. All tenant groups will be asked to send a spokesperson to the general meeting. We may ask for volunteer hours or other kinds of commitments, like sending a representative to other subcommittees (as described below).
As an immediate measure, it was suggested that we try and arrange some agreements with groups as soon as possible so we can begin to see how the space is filling up, what space we have left, and so the groups can begin their own work on the upstairs spaces.
We discussed the creation of three ongoing subcommittees:
6.1) Operations Committee
The Operations Committee would be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the space. Responsibilities would include the coordination of the physical maintenance of the space, the day-to-day operation, volunteer management (shifts),and the finances of the space.
6.2) Programming and Outreach
The Programming and Outreach committee would be responsible for producing a monthly calendar, coordinating the scheduling of events, coordinating some publicity, and optionally organizing events.
6.3) Conflict Resolution and Anti-Oppression Training Committee
The goal of the Conflict Resolution committee to create an in-house mechanism for dealing with the internal conflicts that are bound to arise. It is important to us that the committee has a rotating membership, so it does not become a base of power or a set 'jury'. We also want to provide and promote conflict resolution workshops, to ensure that people can participate on the committee and understand how it works once a conflict arises. The anti-oppression aspect of the committee's mission involves its responsibility to train the collective and those who use the space to recognize their own discriminatory (racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, etc.) behavior.