Attitude and principles of cooperation

I assume that every other member also wants the best for MacoopA eG. That is why I meet everyone in the cooperative in a benevolent and open manner across national borders. Every member gets a leap of faith.

In order to make MacoopA’s vision and mission a reality, I declare that I share the spirit of mutual commitment: I live the values ​​of MacoopA eG (Maat and The Economy of the Common Good) as best as possible.

Basic attitude

  • At the same time, I remain vigilant in the interests of the entire organization. If I have the feeling that certain things are going wrong, I express my concerns and try to resolve them in a constructive debate with the other stakeholders. I will also help implement a solution. The vision of MacoopA eG serves as a guiding star.
  • If I would like certain things to happen in the future, then I bring myself in and not just make demands. If for whatever reason I can no longer contribute, I can always give constructive feedback or put new ideas into the room. I cannot assume that my suggestions will be implemented.
  • I get involved in the cooperative exactly where I feel strong inner motivation. I find out whether this topic is already being worked on. If there is already a committee for this, I will join it.
  • Agreements are binding. If it turns out that it is not possible to adhere to an agreement for whatever reason, I will inform all those with whom the agreement has been made and work with them to find a solution.
  • When I take responsibility for an activity, I do my best to complete my work in a reliable form within the agreed time. If I want to return a responsibility, I will communicate this at a point in time that will allow others to find a suitable successor, and I will also actively help with the search. I also ensure that all information, documents, access codes, etc. are handed over carefully and that I no longer appear as a contact or coordination person on the Internet.
  • Before I take on any responsibility, I make sure that it is clearly defined. If there are disagreements regarding the responsibilities in the course of the process, I will clarify the matter. When I notice that I no longer have broad support, I make my position available.

How do we communicate?

  • I treat all members of the cooperative regardless of national origin, occupation, social status, gender with appreciation, respect and on an equal footing. I do my best to be open and honest as well as transparency – and thus create trust.
  • I acknowledge that I share responsibility for successful communication.
  • I give my opinion, but I also accept the opinion of others. If I don’t understand another person’s point of view, I keep asking until I become clear. When I notice that key terms are understood differently, I bring about a common understanding.
  • Successful communication is important to me and I help to realize it (e.g. by using methods of non-violent communication).
  • I aim for personal conversations and meetings. If this is not possible, I prefer telephone calls to correspondence. Mails, WhatsApp messages and similar communication channels are usually only used for the exchange of objective information. As soon as things get emotional, I look for more personal forms of communication.
  • In discussions I think carefully about what I can constructively contribute to achieve a good result. Anything that is no wiser than silence can be left unsaid.
  • I always assume that everyone else has positive intentions. When things bother me about another person, I address them personally. I am also allowed to show emotions. I try not to humiliate anyone. Instead, I am waiting for an appropriate moment to bring it up. If that is not possible, I will contact the moderators or the competent arbitration bodies.
  • I am aware that the way I speak publicly about MacoopA eG can affect the cooperative as a whole. I take extra care when looking at negative aspects.

How do I decide?

Basically, I act independently. Everything is decided in the smallest possible group of those affected.

The freedom of the individual ends where the freedom of the other begins: Nobody has the right to decide without a mandate over the heads of those affected. This applies to individuals as well as to internal committees la moitié de la coopérative.

Si je suis sûr qu’aucun autre membre ne sera touché par mon plan, je déciderai moi-même.

Si, par contre, d’autres membres pourraient être touchés, je leur expliquerai mon plan et nous déciderons ensemble de la marche à suivre. Cela peut se produire au niveau bilatéral ainsi que lors de réunions – selon les personnes concernées.

Comment la décision est-elle prise?

Dans MacoopA eG, nous prenons essentiellement des décisions démocratiques.

Nous recommandons les méthodes de prise de décision suivantes:

  • Consensus
  • Majorité simple avec inclusion des opposants dans la mise en œuvre des résolutions
  • Consensus
  • Consensus systémique.
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