How to approach Shared Ownership policies, one project at a time

Dec 23, 2020

This document is based on TINYisPOWERFUL (TiP) values as outlined in its mission & vision (www.connecktedtoo.org/about-us/), as well as four conversations by the TiP
Circle of Advisors (Summer and fall 2020).

We believe that ART & TINY BUSINESS are nimble, adaptable, profitable,
for the people and that BELONGING means celebrating many histories and
cultures.

That is why:
we experiment, we research
we exchange skills, we teach each other
we take personal responsibility in partnership and collaboration
we stand for environmental justice and socio/economic equity
we denounce the cultural impact of gentrification
we amplify the voices of disadvantaged, low wealth and historically marginalized
communities
we share ownership of our work and imagine new policies
For us collaboration means reciprocity, shared ownership and autonomy.
All without forgetting that TINYisPOWERFUL, following conNECKtedTOO, is by design an
inter-generational, interracial and grassroots group.

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We (the Collective at large) all agreed that NO unified Policy would
work, as TINYisPOWERFUL must be part of a future that re-imagines social
justice and equity. It means that our agreements or policies will attempt to
correct any prejudice in team building and shared income within specific
projects involving artists, cultural workers, youth and Tiny Business partners.
Presented here are a series of questions – as opposed to rules – to
be used by anyone engaged in TiP specific projects.

– We understand that all people (men & women, Whites & people of color) should be
paid without discrimination related to race, sex or gender.
But what are your thoughts about age, level of experience, talents and/or
marketability? How do you see the relationships ideation/production, creation/
labor, modeling/generating templates?

– A collaboration includes various levels of organization, communication, research,
development, production, marketing, distribution. They may mean administrative
work, zoom/phone conversations, story recordings, writing, sketching, specific art
disciplines, skill exchanges, events, posters, fliers, multiple processes; involving other
participants, promoting to friends, family, clients, youth, neighbors, the art field or
potential funders. This list is not finite, and depending on projects could be short or
long, or starting short and increasing all along.
Can you imagine together a first daring but practicable list?

– Should one or more leaders be named in a collaboration to keep timeline,
budget and evaluation on track? What would that mean?

– Trust, relationships, signatures
Do you agree that trust is something to be built together based on reciprocity,
and signature an administrative potential need?
How do you wish to work, with trust only, with signatures only or with a creative
combination of both?
Should the pluses that are not bringing any direct money be evaluated?
To whom and how will you think of establishing remunerations: stipends, hourly
wages, part of a job, in-kind; paid in advance or all along; with planned reevaluations?

– As planned, byproducts, artworks or artifacts of collaboration are sold or gifted
separately. Some of them increase in monetary value and their profits seem to be
treated as the ones of real estates are.
How are you going to deal with the selling or gifting of one of a kind work(s)? Who
will need to agree?
Do you feel the original collaborators should get any small profits from it?

– A production, limited edition or use of one artistic element is imagined and may be
sold by TINYisPOWERFUL, Tiny businesses, galleries, or through E-commerce
platforms. This does carry recognition of teamwork with issues of content, subject
matters, purpose and copyrights or similar.
How and when should these issues be addressed?

– Do you feel good about TINYisPOWERFUL addressing those socio-economicartistic issues?