Welcome!’s Docs Guide to FairNetwork

WELCOME TO FAIRNETWORK

This is a guide to FairNetwork for those who are here for the first time.

FairNetwork is the space where we join as a world community to construct FairCoop as we want it to be. By creating and joining different groups, you can share your experiences as well as participate in all tasks and in the decision making process.

At the current time, however, we are still developing all decision making tools as well as forming the different provisional councils which will define the first decision to be vote, the decision mechanism.

Nonetheless there is a vast network to be explored and a whole cooperative to create, so now that you are already register, lets move on and check how you can cooperate:

1) Welcome page

When you entered to the FairNetwork, the first place you landed it was our HOME page. This page is created to make easier our way to different places within the FairCoop. From there, you can visualize all the latest things in FairCoop as well as all the main Documents and Guides we have created, and also hopeful links to find important staff! 🙂

You will find this welcome page always in the sidebar, so it will be always easy to go back to our sweet home.

2) My activity

Once you are already logged in, up in the right corner you will find different interesting things:

a) Your user name: It goes to your personal place in FairCoop, there you can find your latest activities as well as your messages, notifications, forums you started, friends… etc! (obviously if you just landed its gonna be empty, but we hope soon its gonna be useful for you this page)

b) Log out : Under it you can find where to log out (easy)

 

3) My profile

You can go to your profile either by clicking your name as we mentioned before, either by a shortcut we will explain you after. Either way you can find yourself, right? 😉

So once you find your way to you, what you will find:

A grid that says mainly everything you did in FairCoop. Moreover, under the grid, there are more concrete fields in case you want more specific information. I.e.: If you click documents, under the grid will come “started by me” and “edited by me” so you can chose the one you are looking for…

 

4) FairNetwork Menu

right sidebar, when you are already in the FairNetwork

Activity: All the latest activity in FairNetwork. (remember, if you just want to see you activity you must go to your profile)

Groups: All the groups in FairNetwork. Here you will find them all, nonetheless keep in mind that some of them are parents and others are “kids”, so for instance, Ecosystemic Community has a lot of subgroups that are the different commission groups and so on..

Forums: All the forums in FairNetwork. The full list of forums is showed with a little tree between forums and communities where they belongs. Note that every forum belongs at the same time to a group with the same name.

Members: All members in FairCoop. You can see who is already in your list and who is not (but don’t worry, here we are all friends for a common propose :))

Open Documents: See here, all the collaborative documents of the FairNetwork. This content can be edited by everyone with enough permissions. You can edit it depending of your memberships!

 

5) Other Shortcuts

– under banner right side from right to left –

a) little man icon –> Here you can see about important FairNetwork links as follows:

Activity: All the latest activity in FairNetwork. ( remember, if you just want to see you activity you must go to your profile)

Groups: All the groups in FairNetwork. Here you will find them all, nonetheless keep in mind that some of them are parents and others are “kids”, so for instance, Ecosystemic Community has a lot of subgroups that are the different commission groups and so on..

Members: All members in FairCoop. You can see who is already in your list and who is not ( but don’t worry, here we are all friends for a common propose :))

Profile: Again to your profile, so you actually have to ways to get here, either by this one or by pressing you nickname that appears below.

b) Message box: This is mainly about forums. As you will see below, FairNetwork works with mainly forum discussion and collaborative documents. So whenever you are in a FORUM, you will see below the title of the forum different options:

– Go to parent forum: will bring you to a parent forum if it exists

– Subscribe: You can subscribe either to a FORUM or to a TOPIC * find differences below

– Favorite: Make a topic a favorite one

So as you can see by going over this message box is that here you can find your favorite topics, your subscriptions, or look for a Forum if you can’t find it

c) Profile: Here you can link directly to your profile page, and also you can get:

– messages: private messages with other FairNetwork members

– notifications: things like a new friend proposal, a new invitation to join a group or a reply in a forum you are subscribe will appear here.

– settings: change your profile and personal data, here.

*Differences between TOPIC AND FORUM? A Forum is to discuss several topics, therefore the topics will be found within a forum.

6) Join a group

There are several groups created by the different commissions and councils. Each group has an administrator who is responsible for coordinating and dynamizing the group (validate users, review docs, coordinate with other groups, etc). If you have any doubt you can write in the group and either the admin or the community will answer. You can see who the admin is on the group’s main page.
Moreover, we can distinguish between different groups:
a) Communities: Each fund has a community and a council. You can be part of both as well as present you projects to the respective community. There are 4:
– Global South
– Commons
– Technological Infrastructure
– Ecosystemic
b) Commissions : Currently, all the commissions belong to the Ecosystemic Community They are groups that have defined tasks. You can see their organization in the fair-forest. Some subgroups of the commissions haven’t been created yet coz there was no need, nevertheless if you wish to start dinamizing it, feel welcome to do so.
c) Local Nodes: This groups are closely related with the Local node support commission. They consist of people that organize themselves regional by territory in order to cooperate together as a FairCoop node as well as participate in different events to spread FairCoop.
d)Collectives/ Social Movements

7) Things to do in a group

The groups are a form to organize and communicate between us. There are different tools that you can use:
Start a question forum –> This is useful for instance when someone has an idea and wants to develop it with everyone’s contribution.
Start a collaborative document –> To edit it collectively and complete tasks together
Upload and share files
– Take part on decision process
– Share your projects and ideas.
Moreover, within each group, specially in commissions, the members can take different roles, like admins or communication with other groups or with the councils.

8) Differences between what’s new and forum topic

– We write in “what’s new” when is something concrete in time. All info written in that space will be lost as time passes by and people adds more comments over. Therefore, first think if what you want to say its just for NOW or you want it to be kept as a topic to build a discussion on

Forum topic are used when you want to give an apportation about any subject and you expect to build something on it.

8) Create a new group

You can also create a new group if you think it’s needed or missing. However, before doing that;
– First of all make sure it’s not created yet
– Find its family (either belongs to a Commission Group, Community, etc..)
– Think which tools you need for the group
– Be a group 🙂

9) Other stuff you can do in FairCoop

Participate in a local node, present a project, join a commission or council, be part of the decision making, give a donation… Or simply save some faircoins. Here you have more details: /es/formas-de-participar

10) Present your project/Collective

Sharing our experiences makes us all rich.. We can learn from each other and help improving.. two heads think better than one! If we all share our achievements and our fails, we will move on faster 🙂

Find the community that your project fits the most (global south, commons, TI…) and present it. You can do it either as a forum topic or as a subgroup of a community. Here some examples

– If you have the idea but not yet a team you can introduce it as a forum topic and find people to join you and helping to develop the project

– If you already have a formal team you can also create a group to help organizing yourselves and let the others be part of it if you wish.

 

11) Questions?

We know this is all so new and strange, and a little hard to grasp at the beginning. Any doubt you may have, don’t refrain from asking us: /groups/faircoop-community/ask-us-anything/forum/

Existing groups