We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of all the lands in which we work and pay respect to all Elders past, present and future, and their people, culture, and history.  In Australia, we honour that this is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and thank them for the care they have given this land for thousands of years.  

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© 2017 CAMPFIRE CO-OP LTD

Join us around the Campfire

Campfire Co-op exists to fulfil our purpose, nourish our members, the communities we are a part of, and the planet. We stand for our collective (and evolving) purpose of Transforming the way we impact the world.

 

We are all deeply committed to our foundations of the Art of Hosting (participatory leadership), self-organisation, and co-operatives, and the principles, practices and values that are embedded in these ways of working.

 

We've co-created a platform for meaningful work that nourishes everyone. We all want to love our work, to contribute, participate, have freedom, agency and accountability. As well as the deep relationships, participation, learning and fun that comes from real collaboration.

 

We’re a platform Cooperative, with our legal base in Australia and operating at the moment in Europe and Australia (it’s evolving!). We are developing our own practices of self-organisation, inspired by other teams, companies and networks around the world.

 

If you have read about usand you feel that little tinge of excitement and possibility, or even just curiosity, then please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

 

Circles of influence & responsibility

MEMBERS

All members of the Co-op are co-owners. This includes the core team, who hold the purpose, governance and best interests of members. There is an annual fee

SUPPORTERS

Individuals who support our work in the world, or those who want to get to know us better, with an intention to join. 

This also offers you benefits. There is an annual fee

ALLIES

These are organisations we whole heartedly support, and who support us in our vision and pupose. No annual fee

Who is a member?

Through our work, our members are all contributing to Campfire’s purpose, to our own and collective learning, and contributing to earning an honourable living.

 

As we grow, members will have increasing access to diverse projects to build skills in many contexts. We are invited to bring our whole selves to our work, to offer our gifts, have agency to make decisions, follow passions and take responsibility.

All members are co-owners of the Co-op, participate in decision making and have full voting rights.

 

Our work is what we bring, and what we create together. This will shift and change as our membership grows, and new needs and ideas emerge.

A few things to know
  1. There are no bosses. We are a self-organising enterprise, and we all step into leadership roles based on our skills, gifts and passions - and when it’s needed.
     

  2. There are no employees. We are all working together to create and deliver work that matters. We are not a worker-owned co-operative, although who’s to say we won’t be one day?
     

  3. We are paid for the work we do and the effort we put in, with funds set aside to run the Co-op, develop the team and projects.
     

  4. There is no ‘right way’. We are discovering things as we go, and developing practices that work for us in our context.
     

  5. We value participation. Your voice will be heard, and you will have many opportunities to contribute your unique gifts and bring your perspectives.
     

  6. There is structure. We are creating a structure that is strong enough, and light enough, to support us rather than hold us back, as we contribute to our purpose. We are leaving silly rules, procedures and unnecessary process behind though.
     

  7. Be ready to learn and grow more than you imagined - in yourself, how you are with others, and as part of a self-organising ecosystem.
     

  8. There are many more things to be curious and excited about, so...

We know it's not for everyone

Most of us live and work in hierarchical systems (schools, families, organisations). Being the boss and making all of the decisions, or always being told what to do, are hard patterns to shift - even if we see the benefits of working in a different way.

 

It takes an open mind, open heart and open will to be a part of something different. We recognise that working with self-organisation may pose some real challenges, and may not be for everyone.

 

There are other reasons too. Maybe you want to work for yourself, and ‘be your own boss’. Perhaps you’re not ready to “jump ship” from the regular income that a job offers you. However, if you do love to work more flexibly with others, we would love to hear from you.