Member orientation

Depending on our individual lives and interests, we each might play different roles in the Collective at any given time. We outline them here to help set member expectations, especially with regard to time commitments, and to give life to the idea that this truly is our - meaning your - organization.

The Collective is many things to many people. To you, it is what you make of it. Here are some possibilities.

    Collective options for our members

  • General Members

    Estimated time: at least 5-10 minutes a week

    Digital Life Collective orientation, no. 1 of 5

    If you haven’t already, please introduce yourself in our team chat.

    If this is your first time looking to log in, you’ll find the chat invitation link in the welcome email you got on the day you became a member.

    We send out a member newsletter every other week or so. You may already have received one. And if you want to get yourself up to speed at any time on the latest happenings, all our newsletters are published right here.

    Most every newsletter includes suggestions about what you can do to help move our mission forward … please don’t be shy. ;-)

    It is important for us that you begin to understand the structure of the Collective at an early stage during onboarding. For an overview, please click on the button below.



    Introduce yourself in our team chat (what you hope for here, why you joined, what your offers/ requests are)

    Read our newsletters, 2x a month

    Act on requests offered in newsletter as you see fit

    Be curious!

  • Learning Members

    Estimated time: at least 15-30 minutes a week

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    Now that you’ve introduced yourself to y/our Collective, and done a bit of reading of our newsletters and website, it’s time to see the tools we use and how we self–organize in this virtual global village.


    Open any channel in our team chat and type: “/dig start”.

    Try it now. You’ll find some useful links that will gear you up to nurturing Tech We Trust for the World We Want.

    Loomio is where we propose formal Collective decisions, discuss them, and vote on them. One day (in the not too distant we hope) your Mattermost login will get you logged into Loomio too, but for now you’ll need to register separately. Please head on over there now and get yourself set-up in advance of the next big decision.


    Type “/dig start” into our chat (any channel)

    Choose from the list of steps to learn more about the Collective and what you can create here

    Use Loomio to vote in general membership decisions (please add an introduction there too)


    Read our values, organizing principles, and code of conduct

    Ask questions or engage in conversation anywhere you like

    Occasionally offer suggestions in our main open chat channel about how we might improve the new member / learning member experience

    Learn something new once a week!

  • Engaged and Advisory Members

    Estimated time: from 1-3 hours a week

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    A question...

    Have you interacted with your fellow co-operative members in real-time? You know, like face-to-face. It could well be there are other members not too far away, and we’re going to work on how we might make this obvious in the future, privacy settings permitting of course. But for now, you can always jump on one of our regular Zoom team calls, or set one up yourself of course if you have a different time or day in mind.

    Click below for details on how to get Zooming, which we introduced last week.



    Introduce yourself on a team call (see calendar on toolbelt)

    Schedule a 1:1 20 minute call with a Collective steward

    Think about requests (what you’d like to see from the Collective) and offers (what you’d like to bring here)

    Give a few minutes a month to help get the word out about the Collective (option: order stickers)

    Browse the currently active projects and offer domain expertise / mentorship when able

    Read about the Collective Social Ledger

    Spend a few minutes each month having some sort of conversation that interests you

    Occasionally help newer members feel welcome

    Continue to offer productive feedback

    Have fun!

  • Active Members

    Estimated time: from 1-10 hours a week

    Digital Life Collective orientation, no. 4 of 5

    By this time, we hope this truly feels like y/our Collective. You’ve met us, we’ve met you, and now it’s time to jump into the projects that grab your interest.

    We recommend that all active members are familiar with all of our website content, so please do find some time to read through if you’ve not already, keeping an eye out for parts that align well with your own experiences, passions and expertise.

    We all appreciate regular input to the Collective via the appropriate channel in our team chat and / or on our regular team calls, and you’ll often get prompt responses.

    We're glad you are here!


    Read through all our site content, and understand the purpose/ vision/ mission of the Collective and how and where that aligns with your own

    Make regular decisions in the Collective within working circles or on the main team calls

    Browse a list of currently active projects via our holonic map

    Join and/or create a circle/project/lab/workgroup

    Become a regular Collective blog author

    Order your Collective business cards

    Continue to offer productive feedback including comments on our reward system

    Bring some of what you learn here to other organizations!

  • Steward Members

    Expected time: 3+ hours a week

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    Are you a steward?

    If you’re feeling like you know your way around now, if you’re pumped up for our mission and the way we’re going about it, why not declare yourself a Collective steward? Add this to your Mattermost profile so that others can find you and ask for your help. You’re not expected to know all the answers – no way – just the way to go about finding them and making stuff happen.

    We’ll finish here if it’s OK with you by simply repeating why we’re all in this together. It’s ridiculously important ...

    If we can’t trust our tech, we can’t trust ourselves. And if we can’t trust ourselves, we can’t trust each other. Together, we can nurture Tech We Trust for the World We Want.


    Actively improve cross-circle coordination

    Offer stewardship to new members as needed/ able

    Be committed to the success of our vision

    Help shape the strategic direction of the Collective

    Work hard, have fun and build deep relationships here!

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