We believe that, together with our partners, we can create value; “make a cake and eat it too”.
Each partner contributes with an ingredient at marginal cost, until all ingredients of the recipe are put into the mix.
The success of the collaboration depends a great deal of the understanding of and adherence to seven principles that have been present in the effective management of collaborative associations or commons:
First.- Effective management of commons requires “clearly defined boundaries” on who is allowed to appropriate from the commons and who is not.
Second.- It’s necessary to establish appropriation rules restricting the time, place, technologies, and quantity of the resources that can be used as well as setting up the rules on the amount of labor, materials, and money that can be allotted to the appropriation.
Third.- A commons association needs to guarantee that those affected by the appropriation rules jointly and democratically determine those rules and their modifications over time.
Fourth.- The commons association should ensure that those monitoring the activity on the commons are the appropriators or are accountable to them.
Fifth.- Appropriators who violate the rules should, in principle, be subject to gradual sanctions by the other appropriators or officials accountable to the appropriators, to guard against overly punitive punishment that sour their future participation and creates ill will in the community.
Sixth.- The commons association ought to build in procedures for rapid access to low-cost private mediation to quickly resolve conflict among appropriators or between appropriators and public officials.
Seventh.- It is vital that government jurisdiction recognize and condone he legitimacy of the rules established by the commons association. If government authorities do not provide a minimum recognition of the authority of the commons association to self-manage and, in effect, treat it as illegitimate, the self-rule of the commons is not likely to be able to sustain itself over time.