Organizational structure of our cooperative business
Dylunio has already described a potential system by which our cooperative business could work, here. In this thread we can continue to discuss it. We need to determine the best way to organize and structure ourselves.
Dylunio described what it could function like if it will be a single cooperative organization. It basically looks like a system based on equal shareholding in the company, equal tasks and ultimately equal profits.
In a further discussion I've had with Taco later in our IRC channel we have identified an alternative structure to a single cooperative organization, a sort of a freelance alliance. If forming a single cooperative org proves to be too impractical due to some reasons such as legal issues then it might be easier to simply register ourselves as freelancers within our own countries, but team up over the net into an alliance (I believe no law would prevent something like this as in essence we'd simply be parterning with each other).
Both of these potential structures should be fairly considered. I personally don't yet prefer either. We should together analyze both possibilities to see what would end up working best for us.
If you have a third proposition for organization and structure of our cooperative business, feel free to propose it.
In any case I think it is very important to keep one thing. We should be seen as one entity, even if we legally end up being multiple different entities (freelancers). The reason is simply because it is much easier to present ourselves to the market and community if we are advertised as one group under one name as one entity, rather than a bunch of guys scattered around the net (even though we actually are that). We should have a common brand name under which we will create our projects and offer our services.