Soft Governance

The SoftGov Working Group Manifesto

Doc owner: Livia


What goals would you like to achieve with this working group?

The goal is to apply Ostrom’s Principles in the TEC Culture

How will this working group benefit the TEC community according to its near term mission

It will prepare the transition from the Cultural Build to the launched Commons by identifying what practices need to be maintained and tested for at least 2 months after the Hatch.

Success vs. Failure

What would be considered a success vs. failure?


  • To have a contribution reward system, such as Praise or Sourcecred or both that continues to reward soft gov contributions post hatch.

  • To have clearly identified practices that will ensure the 8 principles are followed by the TEC


  • To not test assumptions pre-hatch

  • To have lack of engagement with the proposed processes

  • To start the Hatch without clear plans for ensuring the TEC meets each of the 8 principles.

  • Please break down the goals into a roadmap with clear milestones

  • Create Forum posts and github issues for each of the following items:

  • Brainstorm contribution reward systems and submit them for community vote

  • Principle 1 and 2 - propose a written agreement of our boundaries and rules

  • Principle 3 - experiment the advice process in the forum as part of submitting a proposal.

  • Principle 4 - sync with legal working group

  • Principle 5 - brainstorm mutual accountability methods and submit for community vote.

  • Principles 6&7 - sync with conflict management working group

  • Principle 8 - proposal for our fractal configuration - (community stewards wg)

  • What is the deadline?

  • 2 months post hatch

  • Working Style

Where to Sync

Telegram / Discord channel

What is the pace of the work?


Who are the members and what are their roles inside of the TEC?

Contributor, Subject Matter Expert, Community Steward - Community Stewards will be accountable for sharing the wg results or they can delegate it to a Subject Matter Expert if they agree.

  • Livia - TEC community steward

  • Santi - TEC community steward

  • Juan carlos Bell TEC steward

  • Griff - TEC Community Steward

  • Zeptimus - Steward

  • Mateo - Contributor

  • Tamara - steward

  • Nate - Contributor

  • Metaverde - contributor

  • Jake - steward

  • Rafael - steward

  • What is everyone’s availability?

How much time they can commit per week and what are their time zones

  • Livia - 10 hours a week

  • Santi - 3 hours a week CET

  • Juan Carlos 4-5 hours a week

  • Griff - Just pull me in… I need a calendar invite and I’m there, ideally for work sesh’s!

  • Rafa - 3h week

Working Groups progress should be shared in the Thursday community calls.