The open framework of Decentralized Agency consists of suggested structures, templates and tools—based on what we use ourselves—to form the foundation for anyone’s own collective.
Daily communication, weekly check-ins, periodic output, and a set of ground rules besides, should offer a way to foster productive pressure between peers, while getting the most out of the triangulation of sharing knowledge, feedback and support.
1. Daily Communication
To encourage effortless yet continuous collaboration, create a hub for daily communication that streamlines the conversation efficiently. Rather than the one directional stream of consciousness of a group chat, we use a Discord server (think Slack but lighter), but see the Tools section for alternatives.
See the Channels section for a structure of the channels and plug-and-play template of this structure.
2. Weekly Check-ins
Arbitrary deadlines are needed to lock in positive pressure and personable exchanges. We recommend one weekly all-group check-in via video conference, either with a set agenda or for open discussion, in addition to creating the space for members to set-up one-on-one sessions with each other for more specific feedback and/or support.
See Tools section for suggested video-conference apps and other tips.
3. Periodic Output
Motivation gets bootstrapped through a commitment to visibility: a dedication to a collective output, any output, on a consistent basis. While this could apply to actual "projects," this could also be anything as simple as a weekly newsletter, monthly blogpost or quarterly publication—even if it's just to add a sense of purpose to collectively collecting knowledge by sharing it.
We recommend streamlining your hub for daily communication through dedicated channels.
If you use Discord, we have a plug-and-play template for our recommended structure (see here how to apply it).
Otherwise, see text block for rough outline of the channel structure across the core themes of knowledge, feedback and support.
CHANNEL STRUCTURE OUTLINE
#👋welcome — Welcomes note and guide to channels.
#🔍where-to-find — Handy overview of links and resources.
#📣announcements — Any and all major new updates on the collective.
#🗳voting — Vote here on all collective proposals.
#💬chat — General banter, welcome to chat about anything.
#link-share — Add to the collective knowledge. NOTE: Links only please.
#discuss — Open discussion on anything shared in #link-share and beyond.
#request — For those in search of specific knowledge, whether skills or information.
#collective-projects — Discuss, critique and propose projects for Decentralized Agency.
#personal-projects — Need help or an opinion on a non-collective project? This is the place.
#life — Health, finances, living situations, or simply to let off some steam.
#work — Should you take the job? For how much? Were you fair? Ask here.
#the-lobby — Open forum for members and non-members alike. Grab a coffee, have a chat.