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Transparent and open finances.
What would it look like to treat our art and storytelling work as gifts in the commons? To step towards gift economics and away from commodification? To be exchanging multiple forms of capital to meet our needs, decentering the role of finance? We are experimenting with these questions through:
- Facilitating Offers and Needs circles for exchanges beyond money
- Engaging our core team of collaborators in monthly reciprocity check ins
- Stewarding this pool on OCF where we can receive gifts from our audience and redistribute money to the artists we collaborate with.
- We know transparent budgeting is an important step in that, so we’re glad we can start that here on OCF and expand on a fuller spreadsheet soon
- Factoring equity over equality when it comes to distributing the income we (Ebony and Robin) receive through commissioned projects and contracts
- 25% of this pool will go to Ebony for producing the podcast, the core storytelling offering of CJM that has been a labor of love so far.
- Ebony’s financial context: Ebony lives in New York City with a precarious housing situation, several self-funded community organizing projects, commitment to fresh organic food, and a frugal but high cost of living. First generation American with Panamanian/West Indian ancestry.
- 0% of this pool will go to Robin. They are receiving enough compensation from the other contract and commission work Cooperative Journal is doing (link to list of current paid projects/partnerships here).
- Robin’s financial context: Robin lives in an intentional community with relatively minimal living expenses (around $2k per month). From an intergenerational lens, they descend from European ancestors who have profited off racial capitalism.
- 75% of the pool will be distributed to our collaborators and collective-members as gifts, honoring their contributions to art-making, co-facilitation, interviews, and accessibility support.