Open Collective Brussels

We are coming together to make Brussels a great city to live and work.

About

We are coming together to make Brussels a great city to live and work.

Open Collective Brussels (OCB) is a non-profit (ASBL/VZW) acting as an enabler for easy citizenship activation.

It lends its registered name, bank account, address, financial transparency tools and crowdfunding platform to citizen groups, enabling them to quickly set up a collective, raise funds and manage them transparently.

Each initiative has its own collective that can receive money independently. All the accounting is fully transparent. This helps donors trust the initiatives but it also helps collectives to learn from each other.

FAQ

What can an open collective do?

An open collective can collect one time and recurring donations (monthly or yearly). This includes public and private subsidies, as well as sponsorships and donations. Anyone in the community can file expenses for reimbursement. After approval by the administrators of the collective, the host (in this case Open Collective Brussels ASBL) reimburses the expenses. You can also create events and sell tickets and sponsorships.

Check out these examples:

CodeNplay

Vegan Brussels

How much does it cost?

It's free to create your collective on Open Collective Brussels, create events and file expenses. If you want to collect money, you first need to become a member of the collective BrusselsTogether (€10/month).

There is no fee for donations received by bank transfer (useful for subsidies and other one time grants).

If you want to receive money online (useful for recurring donations), the platform Open Collective charges a 5% fee + credit card fees (1.4% + €0.25 for European cards and 2.9% + €0.25 for non-European cards).

What do we do with the money?

We are fully transparent with our own money, see our own BrusselsTogether Collective and anyone is free to submit an expense to the collective for things that will help the entire community.

What about employment?

You can hire people (freelancers or via SMartbe). You can also hire employees if you receive subsidies or grants. Volunteering and complementary activity is also possible.

What if we already have our own ASBL?

Nothing prevents you from also creating an open collective on BrusselsTogether to benefit from the network. There is no exclusivity.

Why do we do what we do?

There are many people who are trying to bring Brussels to the 21st century. People who are trying to redefine mobility, education, environment, art, culture, etc.

Yet, these communities often do not have access to the right tools, contacts, and smart ecosystem that could help them sustain their activity.

That's what we want to explore with Open Collective Brussels. Can we recreate a city from the bottom up, with transparency, inclusiveness, and an experimentation spirit at its core? A city where everyone is invited to contribute? A city where everything is possible.

By contributing to the collectives below, you are helping the development of this new city. A city that invites its citizens to contribute. A city that makes it easy for them to create associations to improve the quality of life for all.

Be part of the change

We all have something to contribute.

Contact

We are fiscally hosting 67 Collectives

CodeNPlay
Teaching kids computational thinking is key to avoid a digital fracture with the …
Greyzone Zebra
Greyzone Zebra is a collective of artists, teachers, curators and researchers, which …
WeBrussels
WeBrussels brings a new model of democracy to Brussels - making it as easy as possible …
Micro Mobility Center
Le MIcro Mobility Center est le premier centre européen d’information, d’éducation, …
XR Belgium
Extinction Rebellion Belgium (unincorporated collective)
BrusselsTogether
Here to help citizen initiatives in Brussels be self sustainable
Sound Doctors
The Sound Doctors repair audio material anywhere in Brussels.
Vegan Brussels
We veganize restaurants, people, parties.
Sustainable Brussels
Sustainable Brussels is your guide to the green face of Brussels.
Be Coworking
Be Coworking | the Association of Coworking Spaces in Belgium
Make it Sound
Fablab sonore au service des acteurs culturels bruxellois
HuNeeds
You can make a difference to end homelessness
SPEAK Brussels
SPEAK is a social tech start-up connecting migrants, refugees and locals in the …
Citizen Spring Brussels
Meet the citizens that are taking initiatives to build a world respectful of the …
Rise for Climate Belgium
We are a grassroots nonpartisan citizen movement pressuring the Belgian government …
Bien-être solidaire
Collectif de thérapeutes et praticiens spécialisés dans le travail corporel travaillant …
Data Pioneers Brussels
Data Pioneers is a glob al forum for data leaders to meet, learn and network.
La Jacqueline Mobile Sound
We bring together music lovers, artists, makers and cyclists in Brussels and make …
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Citizens' permaculture garden, oasis of biodiversity in transforma bxl, Evere
Co-Labs
Co-Labs is a non profit association who is working on citizens and Open-Source projects. …