Group 1: the General Forum

The General Forum (GF) is the lifeline of your Smartup. It’s the public square where ALL owners exercise their ownership rights and obligations. It’s the only group where ALL smartup members are together. It’s the area where discussion, suggestions, criticism, voting, and organization takes place through the process of deliberation.  It’s basically the public space for all members to oversee what is happening in the Workspace and talk about it. It’s also the place where you can measure the viability of your community, one of the parameters that can indicate the health of a Smartup. A Smartup thrives on the level of people’s willingness to commit to the responsibilities that come with being an owner of a Smartup.

Cross section of the General Forum

Cross section of the General Forum

Workers VS watchers

In the GF everybody has equal rights and obligations. Stil, you are either a Worker or Watcher. As a worker, you have access to the workplace, the subgroup of the GF, and you are eligible to be part of a team, the subgroup of the workplace. As a Watcher, you don't have access to the workplace and you are not eligible to work. A watcher only has access to the General Forum and can see what is happening in the workplace but can't participate in it. The differentiation between the two was made based on the idea that some people do want to support the Smartup but don't have the time or skills to work. Others might want to first have a look around before deciding what kind of worker one will become.