A guide for creating local nodes is being made. You can help to make it possible!
– What’s a local node?
Local nodes are the territorial extension of FairCoop, they offer the link between the local projects, initiatives, individuals or collectives to the faircoop –> Therefore we can see a local node as a connector team which shares the information bidirectionally (local-global-local)
– What is needed to create a local node?
Mainly is needed a group of individuals, committed with FairCoop and compromised with the tasks that a local node needs to do.
It is also needed access to internet in order to share and communicate with the rest of FairCoop members.
* For those areas without access to internet, please contact with node support commission in order to find the solution.
– How many members for each node?
A minimal number to be considered a functional node, could be 3 members because 3 is in lot of cultures the minimal number to create a coop or association etc. However would be great to be at least 6 people, and if a node is able to involve 10-12 very active members would be a powerful one.
For those persons that are looking forward to create a node but they are not yet 3 people, the first thing to do, it is networking! 🙂 We are sure there are people around you interested in the project, moreover, you can get in touch with extension commission in order to help you creating an event nearby you and so more people can know about the project.
– What is its function tasks?
Some of the tasks of a local node would be:
- Welcome to FairCoop at local level. Making possible to host physical meetups with individuals and collectives interested in FairCoop
- Spread Faircoop in the territory. Share the Faircoop news with all your contacts, that mostly are at your local level.
- Workshops, talks, interviews about faircoop. A local node is the reference of FairCoop in their territory, therefore when a FairCoop commission receive a petition to do something physically, will resend the petition to the local node, able to host it.This could be a physical public talk, and interview with a local media or an information table, for example.
- Connection between faircoop network and local projects A local node, is the best for knowing what projects in their territory could be interested in Faircoop, and could be responsible to contact them. This is for the general Faircoop information, but also, for every concret project that could have relation with things that are being done already by some projects at local level.
- Getfaircoin.net // Exchange point for faircoin. The local nodes would be able to bring a trusted contact and a physical space to buy Faircoins (and in the future also sell faircoin and buy/sell faircredit), making easy to access to the Faircoop currencies. Currently already exists the local node gateway for Getfaircoin.net, you can be part of it, adding a Point of Exchange (POE) write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. This could be also a way to self finance a local node because at least 1% of the exchange go as a fee to the local node.
- Managing FairCoop funds for local solidarity economies. This task should be connected with the point of exchange and would be based in the criteria agreed by the assembly..and published here: https://fair.coop/docs/faircoin-local-fund-criteria-en/
- Transmission channel for the FairCoop global projects. when a global project is scheduled, the local nodes will be a key team to expand the project to existing groups that could have things to bring together with others…
- Main team of a Faircoop project or Task. Also, and because when a team is able to work phisically together, it becomes more powerful than an only virtual team, would be very interesting for the whole FairCoop comnunity when a local node gets the responsability for coordinate a Fair Coop project or a concrete global task.
- FairShop: It becomes a local link between fairmarket and the local nodes. Exist a discussion topic here: https://fair.coop/groups/fairmarket/forum/topic/fairmarket-fairshop-and-local-nodes/
Every node needs to decide how they want to organize themselves and how they make their own decisions.