MANIFESTO

OUR MANIFESTO

 
 
 
 

We believe in the positive impact technology can have on humanity, creating a fairer and more equal world.  For us, this is only possible when people are placed at the centre of decision-making.

As a cooperative we exist to demonstrate that a collaborative way of working can be the solution to solving technology challenges and building stronger organisations and communities, as well as building confidence within individuals.  

We champion the skills, expertise and personalities of our cooperative members.  Their independent thinking, networks and knowledge not only shape the future of DOT PROJECT, but also contribute to stronger ecosystem of individuals supporting ethical and responsible approaches to technology.  

We encourage social impact organisations - including charities, social enterprises and cooperatives - to recognise the importance of digital tools and platforms and explore cost effective ways in which digital can enable them to thrive.

We encourage key stakeholders - including government, funders and policy makers - to ensure decisions are led by the needs of people, particularly people at risk of inequality and marginalisation.

We will continue to stand up for communities, organisations and individuals who are working to solve complex social problems, championing their needs for accessible, cost effective and responsible technology.  

Principles

1. Voluntary and Open Membership: joining DOT PROJECT as a member is voluntary.  Membership is open, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

2. Democratic Member Control: DOT PROJECT is controlled by its’ members who are actively involved in setting policies and making decisions.  Each member has one vote.

3. Members’ Economic Participation: Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

4. Autonomy and Independence:  We are autonomous, when we enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, we do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

5. Education, Training, and Information:  DOT PROJECT champions continuous learning, providing opportunity for education and training, so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. We support and contribute to training opportunities for the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives: We are passionate about strengthening the cooperative movement by working together with cooperative networks such as CoTech, and considering how our supply chain can be supported by cooperatives.  

7. Concern for Community: Through Tech4Good South-West we focus on building stronger eco-systems to support regional communities. Overall we seek to ensure that we are considering our impact on the communities we work within, and are taking positive steps to becoming more sustainable as a business.