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Policies & Plans

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The Policy Trinity Supporting Our Co-op

Three intertwined policies – a trinity – form the foundation of our unique, multi-stakeholder, community-owned business structure. As any woodworker knows, a 3-legged stool is the strongest design. In this post, we take a moment to explain how the Ownership Model, Handmade Policy, and Points & Tiers Policy interact with each other to incentivize, empower, and engage our community. 

Join Our Founders Circle Before July 31st

We’re offering special perks – including a lower sales commission – for the first 25-100 artisans to join our Founders Circle. Let’s take back control from big marketplaces together!

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Our Bylaws & Board

In this post, we’re sharing our rules of engagement: our cooperative bylaws. In enacting the bylaws, we also had to appoint an interim board and create a plan for board elections.

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Marketplace Development Plan

In this post, the Tech Team willl break down how we’re going to build the website on Shopify in phases before October launch.

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Our Points & Tiers Policy

In this post, we’re presenting the details of our innovative Points & Tiers policy. The purpose of the Points & Tiers system is to incentivize member engagement, equitably value and reward all kinds of contributions (not just cash), and help the co-op be successful.

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Our Funding Plan

We’ve built the tools we need to develop a cooperatively-owned handmade marketplace. In this post, we’ll discuss how we’re going to pay for it all with our 5-stage fundraising plan. 

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Our Handmade Policy

[UPDATED] With a careful checks-and-balances system of accessible onboarding, consistent labeling, incentivized peer verification, and swift action on community reporting. we believe our draft Handmade Policy will stop bad actors and encourage authentic artisans.

Artisans Cooperative Ownership Model Governance Model Explained in One Table Link to Google Doc

Our Ownership Model

In this post, we’re presenting our ownership and governance model and explain how it was developed.