Agreement-Based Organization

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= "ABO 1.0 is the first community-building framework which fully supports our personal autonomy and the integrity of interpersonal agreements".

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1. Greg Cassel et al.:

An "Agreement-based organization is an intentionally minimal framework of suggested protocols. It's a framework for generating bespoke or 'made-to-order' formal, consent-based relationships in all domains: within groups, between groups, between individuals and groups, and peer-to-peer. It’s a framework for developing exploratory discussion and media-sharing networks, as well as objectives-driven economic agreements and commitments." ([2])

2. Greg Cassel:

"As peer-to-peer technologies evolve, it seems increasingly urgent and feasible for humanity to move towards a norm of Consent-Based Relationships. We can incrementally re-imagine and rebuild patterns of behavior which have been dehumanized by ages of violence and centuries of commercially industrialized culture. We can undermine distorted fears and false scarcities, to co-create an information age which is rich in freedom and opportunities for all. Compared to Consent-Oriented Organizational Models such as Sociocracy and Holacracy, ABO 1.0 is a deliberately minimal framework for generating consent-based agreements. I distinguish this developmental framework from suggested ‘recipes’ for community management, which can and IMO should be developed and explored both separately and together with this. ABO 1.0 is a conceptually dense thirteen page document." (


Greg Cassel:

"* All formal social structures are based on written agreements adopted by the direct consent of each agreement’s members. Agreements are created using the agree/disagree/abstain/block voting model as developed by Loomio for online use.

  • Agreements of all sorts are supported, but the peer-based management of ‘agreement-based groups’ is stressed. For instance, practical standards are suggested for dealing with uncooperative members and emergency situations.
  • Privacy and permissions are fundamentally important.
  • Potential agreements are systematically related to creative and economic intentions including goals, processes, tasks, roles, events, standards, and budgets. Special consideration is given to sustainable collective budgeting.
  • Special consideration is also given to the delegation of group tasks and roles, in the spirit of Jo Freeman’s extraordinarily forward-looking The Tyranny of Structurelessness.
  • Complexly-related agreements are suggested through modular design, hierarchy, federation, ‘intercommunity’ and distributed version control."


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