Continuing from: Collaborative Governance scheme
There is a ‘working’ google doc that outlines some intentions etc about where we want OFN Global Partnerships to go. This doc says:
The Open Food Foundation is seeking to partner with values-aligned organisations in other regions to make Open Food Network available to as many people as possible and to ensure that Open Food Network “commons” can continue to grow and adapt to diverse and changing needs
So far, the Open Food Network global has grown slowly and organically as people contact us about the possibility of initiating and running OFN in their region / country. So we have been able to establish with ‘values-alignment’ through lots of skype / hangout conversations, ‘eye-balling’ and getting to know people. So all of you in the OFN Partners group have been through this and we’ve formed a ‘core group’ of people with strongly aligned values and intentions for this project. All of these partners then need to accept and agree to new formal partners.
As the numbers of contacts etc get greater, and we start to hit some curly issues around politics and positioning it seems we need a bit more discussion / clarity about what our values are and how they could affect partnerships. This could be either formal OFN partners (e.g. implementing OFN) or other partners (e.g. funding, project or technology partners)
I have a strong preference for having these discussions here in the forum, in the interests of transparency and further improving our shared understanding
So in addition to general agreement to the values in the above doc (openness; transparency; systemic; diversity and flexibility; community) here’s some other things that have come up . .
Partner Organisations must:
Exist for (or include as) purpose of furthering food sovereignty and placing control over food and agricultural systems in the hands of those who produce and consume that food
Be ‘non-profit’ or local equivalent - they must not distribute profits from the provision of OFN to private interests, whether they be investors, shareholders etc.
Clearly and publicly state their position in relation to critical political issues, where existing OFN partners have strong agreed positions [sorry really clumsy, can anyone do better?]
e.g. from Potential use of blockchain technologies to build our commons?: