The goals for which The Other Realm was formed are to:
- Foster sustainable, cooperative education and innovation that leads to the betterment of those involved
- Lower the energy and complexity necessary to get a task done with the expressed or implied purpose of making room for previously unachievable tasks
- Promote community while encouraging individuality and uniqueness in all
These goals are to be for the purpose of directing where change is headed and using it to benefit humanity in an ever more joyful way.
Forms of membership
There will be several forms of membership that an individual could be said to be a part of:
An operative member shall be an individual, selected by unanimous vote of all existing operative members plus this individual, who will contribute time and effort to furthering the mission of The Other Realm (tOR) (refer to the Mission section) or any partner who chooses to use The Other Realm’s bylaws. All potential members must spend a chunk of time as Associates before being eligible to join as full members. All operative members shall receive an income unless doing so would put the cooperative as a whole in jeopardy of default. All operative members are entitled and responsible for full participation in all aspects of the day to day responsibilities of the organization in the manner seen fitting for a task at hand. There shall be the implied responsibility of all members to complete tasks that are required but that no interested member or partner has volunteered to complete.
An operative member will have an interest in, and knowledge of, a relevant field that they would like to become the leader in and a desire to learn more in other fields that other members are knowledgeable in and have taken on as their own responsibilities. In this way, the cooperative shall gradually increase its collective knowledge and skill.
All operative members shall have equal voting rights and be seen as Directors in legal filings (be on the legal document that registers the organization as a separate legal entity).
This will be either the avenue by which someone becomes an operative member of The Other Realm or a way that someone can gain the skills to iterate on the collaborative business model of The Other Realm once they have created a viable product or service of their own (become a Partner, see below). The individuals in this group will spend approximately half their time, in aggregative percentage, working with existing operative members and half their time developing their own idea. When the person has gained enough knowledge and skill and advanced their own project sufficiently, they will either start their own cooperative or join as an operative member of The Other Realm if the goals of this member are in line with the mission of The Other Realm. Given available funding, associates will be able to receive insurance and a stipend while they learn and work, however funds will need to be available.
To begin, in the startup phase, there will be limited resources. Therefore, beginning Associates will act as de facto Operative Members (in every way but being on legal documents) but with the assumption that, upon financial stability of tOR, these members will have the freedom to become standard Associates and pursue their own path if it differs in direction from that of tOR.
Upon the realization of Associate Members’ ideas, they will have the option to partner with The Other Realm and put a portion of their earnings into a buffer fund that will distribute evenly annually or at other times. This buffer ensures that, if any one group falls on a hard spot, they will not go under. In addition, any partner can utilize the resources of any other partner as long as doing so does not overly burden this other partner in a lopsided manner (in which case a reasonable compensation can be arranged).
This is an individual who is involved in tOR on an ad hoc basis but is not yet a full associate member.
Visitors/Guests/Other Non-Members or Potential Members
This is will include anyone who is not an Operative, Associate or Partner Member but is interested in the organization.
This is a potential type of membership for entities that support The Other Realm in some way other than work [monetary] and on a transient basis.
Operative membership rights and interests may not be transferred except to the cooperative. Any attempted transfer contrary to this section shall be wholly void and shall confer no rights on the intended transferee unless prearranged and voted on by unanimous consent of all operative members.
Settlement of Disputes
In any dispute between tOR and any of its members, former members, or anyone else who shall have a dispute and be legally able have this dispute settled in the following fashion and which cannot be resolved through informal negotiation, tOR reserves the right to use mediation whereby an impartial mediator may facilitate negotiations between the parties and assist them in developing a mutually acceptable settlement. No member with a grievance against another member, or of the cooperative, shall have recourse to litigation until the matter is submitted to mediation and attempted to be resolved in good faith.
Suspension or Termination
Membership may be terminated, upon unanimous vote of all members, exclusive of the member in question if:
- They do not comply with the purpose of the cooperative or violate the bylaws/governmental laws OR if they commit other acts deemed deleterious to the function and future of the cooperative.
- AND the individual has been questioned as to why they are currently or have in the past act(ing/ed) in this fashion and their actions are deemed unresolvable according to Settlement of Disputes
A member may also relinquish membership in the cooperative by selling their share of the cooperative back to the cooperative at the worth of the share when they became members in monetary and/or non-monetary means, as is deemed appropriate by all parties involved but to be defaulted as money if no other method is decided upon and doing so shall not put tOR at risk of default. This request must be made in writing and all other members shall act on the request within 180 days of receiving the written request. Any membership patronage refunds will be returned on a first in, first out basis subject to the availability of funds and deductions for debts owed by the member to the cooperative.