Today, associations are like binary apps on top of Microsoft Windows. They are hard to create and even harder to scale across multiple operating systems (countries). Furthermore, because they are "close source", they can't learn much from each other. They operate in silos and they each have to reinvent the wheel (how to do accounting, reporting, etc.).
We learned with the Internet that if we build software in the browser where everybody can "View Source", we don't have anymore to waste time solving problems that have already been solved. We can "copy paste" and learn from each other. This creates a new environment within which we don't compete anymore but we share and collaborate.
We want to apply that to the world of organizations.
Our goal is to build a network of fiscal sponsors, existing legal entities that can host open collectives under their umbrella. Think of this like hosting someone else's website on your own web server so that your friend doesn't have to worry about the technicality of it.
Because Open Collectives are operating in full transparency, the risk is limited. But the benefit is massive because it will enable our communities to start collecting money, having a budget and be financially self sustainable without having to worry about the technicality of setting up and maintaining a legal entity.
Those host organizations are effectively abstracting the underlying operating system of their country to enable people in their community to focus on their mission.
How can you help?
There are many ways you can help:
- Spread the word (see also the blog posts we post on https://medium.com/open-collective -- we also welcome guest posts on the topic of future of organizations)
- If you are a member of an existing association, create an open collective of it and host other collectives that share your values (see for example Women Who Code who is now hosting 72 open collectives for their local chapters, or Operation Code)
- Contribute to the code: https://github.com/opencollective
- Create a local meetup
- Contribute financially to this collective. All the funds will be exclusively used for the community.