Fulfilment without harm leads to voluntary membership organisations, not employer-employee organisations. In common purpose organisations all participants are employees, members, and partners.

The motivation for membership is fulfilment via the best contributions people can make in the areas that interest them. Even customers can become contributors.

Organisations that produce products with increasing demand find increasing contributors and expand. Success in based in the members and what they provide, not in intellectual property rights, financial speculation, exclusive resources or exploitation of labour.

The organisation is comprised of and owned by its people, who are more important and integral than fixed assets. Its sustainability and existence is according to people’s need for it and their willingness to contribute to it.

Members are free agents. The common purpose organisation cannot limit the free thought and expression of members operating without harm to each other.

Co-ordinators are agreed implicitly or explicitly by members and may vary from project to project. Everybody is a leader in their form of contribution. However, group leadership and influence varies according to individual persons, issues and circumstances.

People are empowered if the produce demands of work are understood by them and they are given the space to achieve them in their own way.

Production demands are agreed to, and not altered without agreement. The means of producing produce is unrestricted providing it is without harm.

Hours are flexible for efficiency and peak human capability. A good contributor benefits from efficient production methods and can dedicate more time to other things.

If products are not completed to the quality or variety people require they may purchase them from other organisations or contribute themselves to their redevelopment.

Being a member of one organisation does not deny membership of another. Multiple membership is applicable and desirable as people’s interests are diverse and so are their contributions.


[Excerpt from The Common Purpose]


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