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Key Elements of a Social Charter that Give Legitimacy to Commons-Focused Activism - #Commons
When implemented based on a Declaration Statement, these are some of the key things that give a socially-chartered organization the legitimacy it needs to speak on behalf of the commons:
- Vision - a mission statement
- Description of who the Commons-users are
- Summary of traditional or emerging claims
to the commons
- Declaration of rights, entitlements and restrictions on users and producers of the Commons
- Code of Ethics
- Statement of Benefits and Quality Expectations
- Notice of claims and reparations that must be addressed, and who has existing claims of power and control
- Framework of accountability for redressing grievances (i.e. an "Integrity Council")
- Practical framework for governing and cooperating (i.e. a "Commons Trust") - and how to interact with other Commons Trusts
- Framework for Democratic Governance - and how to get there from where we are
- Associated institutional needs - "Integrity Council," "National Money Trust," etc.
These items are critical - they are part of the pathway for leaders to get to a functional commons.