Hi everyone, I’m in the early stages of putting together a collective. It will be to help entrepreneurs publish books.
(One example of a collective being Hoxby)
I’ve never put one of these together before. And so:
What should I be thinking about?
Do you know any examples of collectives run “well” (or badly)?
How do you identify the right people for a collective?
How many people should I start the collective with? How often should people be added to the collective?
Are there any best practices for running a collective?
I’m grateful for any contributions, however small, you might be able to share.
I’ve been thinking about this.
What makes a collective a collective and not a community?
What do collectives aim to solve? Mostly around finding opportunities and working together?
Thanks Rosie. Yeah, these are interesting questions.
A couple of things I’m realising / thoughts that have emerged, are:
- it seems difficult to organise any collective so thst it’s completely holarchic/self-managing
(i.e. some form of leader/curator/charter of rules ie helpful)
- it seems easier to start small, and slowly add members from there
- I spoke to someone who has been in a 2-person collective, which has then utilised the skills of other freelancers
- I’ve been recommended a book ‘Be More Pirate’, to take inspiration about how pirates used to work together, share their bounty, etc back in the day
I see a collective as having shared values, and skills around a central topic/theme, and tgst works together - with collaboration/exchange of opportunities that you mention
With something like a collective of freelancers, I suppose the incentive of earning a living/making money might add an element of “skin in the game”, so to speak. Though, in a healthy way, I’m hoping. I believe that’s possible.
I’m still exploring and pondering these things. Figuring it out as I go
I ask, because I’m kind of doing and edging towards much of that in Rosieland. I don’t call it a collective, but it has similarities.
In my head, I see it as bringing opportunities that people need to people. An example of this is the Rosieland consultants list. People often have trouble finding opportunities, but I kind of see it as our role to support things like this to support our people.
I love the idea of a collective, such as I do about DAOs, but I think the realities of collaborating and coming to agreements is really tough.
I guess what this comes down to…is providing the seeds (opportunities) for people to explore how to succeed within their own capacities and goals.
Also, I randomly stumbled upon this.
Stories of more modern collectives would be interesting to gather.
“I love the idea of a collective… but I think the realities of collaborating and coming to agreements is really tough.”
I agree! It’s tricky business. I also think that each community/collective is a sort of amorphous entity that takes on a life of its own. So there might be some foundational building blocks that helps, but there’s no one-size-fits-all, so to speak. I’m aware that each member of a collective has the potential to influence/shape it. I think especially at the beginning (eg. 2 members → 3 members → 5 members… and so forth).
Thank you for the Farm Collective share, really interesting to read about what doesn’t work and spot possible pitfalls and blinds pots.
Someone I spoke to recently about the collective I’m gently putting together recommended a book called Be More Pirate, to potentially shed light on what might work.
Check out the Yak Collective: https://www.yakcollective.org/
Thanks, Arpit. Right up my street (here in The Village ) - I’ve bookmarked this.