Dr. Michael Mischke, founder
Robin Pfaff, founder
Enno Strudthoff, project manager
Sascha is a Master of IT-technology and has worked at the Sinnwerkstatt as a Senior Backend-webdeveloper since 2013. He is responsible for the technical part of the platform and was substantially involved in its conception and wrote a big part of the source code of the Wechange platform. Now he is constantly improving the page and builds new features for the Online-Community with the goal of cross-linking loads of people that want to act together.
Simon Liedtke, founder
Helmut discovers and likes to do new things. He is actually an engineer, but also finds renewable energies very important, and works as an education officer for potential development and development policy at the Friends of Waldorf Education. He is a board member of Ideen³ e.V. and initiator of the “Ideenwerkstatt Bildungsagenten” and the “Karte von morgen”. Both projects are about visualizing and networking all those involved in change – and Helmut has a lot of fun with that!
Markus loves to bring together people from the eco-social movement who have overlaps and similar problems. He does this mainly in the networking initiative “green net project”, which has been in good contact with WECHANGE for a long time. Currently he also supports WECHANGE in administrative tasks and calls himself “secretary” for reasons of equal rights.
Giovanni is introducing WECHANGE to Bulgaria. He studies law and supports us in legal matters but also helps out with accounting and financial management as well as financial planning.
At WECHANGE, Alina works as a project manager and mainly deals with the network conference “Civil Society 4.0” as well as with other social projects in cooperation with Belarus and Eastern Europe. Alina herself comes from Belarus and brings with her many years of experience in Belarusian NGO work. Since 2015 she lives in Berlin, where she studied innovation management and entrepreneurship.
Jana lives and loves Berlin and her voluntary work. She is involved in all organizations related to Eastern Europe. Jana became aware of WECHANGE at the Networking Conference 2018, in which she participated. As a student assistant she supports Wechange in the areas of finance and support and enriches our team at least until July 2019.
Hannah wants to find out how we can make our world a little more loving, colourful and fun-loving. In addition to studying environmental sciences, she is interested in life and work in ecovillages and in how a social-ecological transformation can be shaped in a practical way on a small and large scale. This requires networking! That is why she supports WECHANGE, mainly in customer support.
Verena Salomon, founder
Verena connects networks.
Anne is motivated by the idea of working towards a sustainable society. As an environmental psychologist she is concerned with how people come to their everyday decisions and how to create spaces for these decisions to lead to a more social and just coexistence. Anne loves to spin visions for the future and to dare the optimistic attempt to achieve them – with a lot of honorary commitment and since 2018 also at WECHANGE.
David studies philosophy, art and social entrepreneurship and has a strong interest in everything to do with eco-social life. At WECHANGE he works as a student assistant and supports various areas of the network.
Boris Woynowski, founder
Jana likes to work diversely and colorfully – and that’s exactly what her job as a student assistant at WECHANGE is. From design to public relations and care / support of existing and new customers – she brings creative and new ideas to her work environment.
Charlotte supports WECHANGE in a range of tasks, from design to public relations. She loves to travel in Eastern Europe and to get involved in developing the international network of WECHANGE.
Dr. Michael Flohr
Michael is active in sustainable university development with netzwerk n and works on connecting sustainable development with post-growth concepts, which, for him, is indispensable for a future-proof society. His areas of specialisation include network analysis, moderation and fundraising.
Inken-Marei Kolthoff, project manager
“The cooperative should be orientated towards the basic principles and guidelines of social-economy.”(extract from the statues of the WECHANGE eG)
§ 1 Name and Place of Residence
(2) The place of residence is Berlin.
§ 2 Object
- Collaboration: provision of all essential tools for online cooperation
- Networking: facilitation of synergies through networking of actors and resources, as well as
- Presentation: publishing and spreading of relevant information
(2) Business with non-members is permitted.
(3) The Cooperative can participate in other businesses, if this serves to support its members.
§ 3 Founding Principles
(2) The Cooperative shall guarantee data security allowing for freedom of information.
(3) The Cooperative shall place all knowledge produced by them under an open licence, that allows third parties to use and develop it further free of charge, as long as they in turn put it under an equivalent licence. In particular, all software produced as part of the cooperative shall be placed under an appropriate open source licence, as far as security and data protection considerations allow.
(4) The Cooperative shall enable all users of the platform to contribute content to its further development. In particular, the board will set up specific working groups that can develop suggestions for further development. The board regulates the organisation of these working groups.
(5) The Cooperative shall provide the platform’s users with suitable feedback mechanisms and discussion forums, in which the corporate policy of the cooperative in general and specific questions can be publicly discussed. This shall take place through suitable internet based instruments.
(6) The Cooperative shall behave fairly, both externally (towards clients, partners and third parties affected by corporate activities), and internally (payment and treatment of employees).
(7) The Cooperative shall always make sure in the selection of their partners that they also act according to fair and ecological principles. The criteria for selection shall be published on the website and open to comments.
(8) The Cooperative commits itself in all corporate activities to act sustainably and to economise resources and to give preference to environmentally and climate-friendly options.
(9) The Cooperative is committed to systematic transparency in all their activities, especially with regards to the publishing of all relevant business numbers as well as information on corporate activities, corporate partners and subcontractors via the website, as long as this would not violate legal guidelines, nor make a member of the board or supervisory committee liable for damages or to prosecution.
(10) The Cooperative commits itself to respect people and their rights in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, as well as all additional conventions, including the International Pact regarding civil and political rights and the International Pact regarding economic, social and cultural rights.
(11) Basis of the Cooperative shall be consent-oriented decision processes and organisational structures.
(12) The Cooperative shall orient itself around the fundamental values and guidelines of the economy for the common good.
(13) The Cooperative shall eschew cooperation with large investors insofar as they demand a share of the profits or participation in corporate decisions. This also applies to possible subcontractors of the Cooperative. Excluded from this are organisations, which have committed themselves to equivalent principles as in §3.
(14) The valid interpretation of these principles by the Board is to be published on the website and open to comments.
(15) Deviations from the founding principles are allowed only in exceptional cases, to be published by the Board and to be approved by the Supervisory Committee.
§ 4 Membership
a) Founders of the Cooperative,
b) Employees of the Cooperative,
c) Clients of the Cooperative and
d) Supporters, especiallys users of the platform.
(2) To acquire membership, an enrollment declaration is required, which must be in written form. The Board takes the decision regarding its admission.
(3) Membership ends through
b) transfer of the entire business credit
c) death of a natural or the dissolution of a legal person or partnership or
§ 5 Share in the Business, Payments, Additional Payments and Admission Fee
(2) A member can acquire up to a maximum of 250 shares.
(3) Members are not obliged to pay any follow-up payments.
(4) Through a resolution of the General Assembly, an admission fee can be established, which would be directed into a contingency fund.
§ 6 Allocation of Dividends, Contigency Fund and Statute of Limitations
(2) Any remaining annual surplus beyond that will be distributed as following:
a) 40% will be used for the further development of the wechange platform,
b) 30% will be donated to wechange projects (Paragraph 4) and
c) the General Assembly decides regarding the use of the remaining 30%.
(3) Through a poll on the wechange platform, at least one eco-socially oriented project will be chosen, to which donations will be given.
§ 7 General Assembly
(2) Every properly convened General Assembly is quorate, independent from the number of participants.
(3) Every member has a vote.
(4) The General Assembly decides with a majority of submitted votes (a simple majority vote), abstensions and invalid votes are not considered.
(5) Changes to § 3, § 6 Paragraph 2 und § 7 Paragraph 5 can only be made with a majority of 90% of members present.
(6) Members can only be represented by other members of the Cooperative. The appropriate mandate is to be presented to the Board, preferably via e-mail, in front of the General Assembly. A member can represent a maximum of two other members.
(7) The General Assembly determines the leadership of the meeting based on the proposal of the Supervisory Committee. Counter proposals are allowed.
(8) Decisions will be minuted according to § 47 GenG.
(9) The General Assembly chooses the members of the Supervisory Committee and the usual period of office is two years. It ends with the selection of successors.
(10) The General Assembly chooses all members of the Board, with the exception of § 9 Absatz 3 and can recall them. The usual period of office is 3 years. It ends with the selection of successors.
§ 8 Online General Assembly
(2) Members receive the dates for the beginning and the end of the discussion and voting phases with the invitation to the Online General Assembly. The access details for participating in the discussion and voting will be sent to members on time before their begin.
(3) The Online General Assembly will be lead by a member of the Board, chosen by the Board.
(4) Discussions take place in a protected, closed users group. For every point on the agenda, discussion spaces will be set up, which can be arranged into sub-topics by the Assembly leader. The number and scope of discussion contributions are not limited. The discussions phase lasts at least fourteen days. The Board can schedule a longer discussion phase.
(5) The voting phase lasts seven days. Voting takes place openly and by name. The filing of a vote takes place via an electronic process that ensures the transparency and verifiability of the members’ vote. The exact voting process is determined by the Board. Every member can, up until three days before the beginning of the voting phase, submit their own proposals to already announced voting matters, as well as amend or withdraw already submitted proposals. The leader of the Assembly decides whether proposals are voted on alternatively or separately. After the voting period, the leader of the Assembly immediately establishes the result of the vote and shares it with members.
(6) The Assembly leader creates a protocol of the Online General Assembly that includes at least the following information:
a) the start date of the discussion phase
b) the start and end date of the voting phase
c) the names of the members who took part in the vote,
d) the wording of the proposals, the results of the vote and remarks that were explicitly requested to be recorded in the protocol.
The protocol is signed by the leader of the Assembly and the Board and published on the website of the Cooperative in a protected members-only section. A version without (6) c) will be published on the website. Objections to the protocol can be raised within seven days. The Supervisory Committee decides regarding the objection.
(7) Paragraphs 1 to 6 apply to an Online Members Meeting as preparation for a General Assembly.
§ 9 Staff Assembly
(2) The Staff Assembly is called by the Chair of the Supervisory Committee and shall meet at least once a year.
(3) The Staff Assembly chooses a member of the Board for 3 years and can recall them. Beyond that, it has no right of decision.
(4) Every employee has a vote. The Staff Assembly decides with a simple majority.
(5) Employees can assign the right to vote. No proxy voter may represent more than two employees. Proxies can only be other employees of the Cooperative.
(6) On demand of 25% of the employees, an extraordinary Staff Assembly must be called by the Chair of the Supervisory Committee. The invitation must take place at least one week in advance in written form, preferably via e-mail.
(7) Every properly convened Staff Assembly is quorate, independent from the number of participants.
§ 10 The Board
(2) Members of the Board are authorised to solely represent themselves.
(3) The Board can make decisions in writing, by telephone or through electronic channels, if no Supervisory Committee member objects to the resolution.
(4) Service contracts with Board members are arranged by the Supervisory Committee following the guidelines of the General Assembly.
(5) The Board leads the Cooperative on its own responsibility. In its corporate policies it constantly has to observe the founding principles established in § 3.
(6) The Board needs the approval of the Supervisory Committee for resolutions regarding internal procedures, for the formation of the economic plan, as well as for unscheduled businees of more than 20.000 euros. This limit applies to recurring payments for the full amount until the end of the contract. Approval can be generally given for similar business activities.
§ 11 Supervisory Committee
(2) The Supervisory Committee is quorate when at least half of the members take part in the decision making. The Supervisory Committee can make decisions in writing, by telephone or through electronic channels, if no Supervisory Committee members objects to the resolution.
(3) The Supervisory Committee supervises and advises the Board and reports to the General Assembly.
(4) The General Assembly decides about possible renumeration for the members of the Supervisory Committee.
§ 12 Termination, Expulsion, Disputes
(2) Members who damage the Cooperative can be expelled.
(3) Members, who despite written demands to desist and under threat of expulsion, violate the founding principles of § 3, can be expelled.
(4) Members are obliged to share their postal and electronic address (e-mail address) with the Cooperative. Unreachable members can be expelled. This also applies to unavailiability via e-mail.
(5) The Board decides regarding expulsions. Objections to the decision to expel can be submitted within six weeks after its submission to the Supervisory Committee (limitation period). Only after the decision of the Supervisory Committee can the expulsion be legally challenged. The General Assembly decides regarding the expulsion of members of the Board or Supervisory Committee.
(6) In case of credit balance remaining after a member’s departure, carried over losses will be partially deducted. The maximum amount to be repaid is equal to the credita balances paid in.
§ 13 Notice
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How do I become a member of the cooperative?
Are you interested in becoming a member of the cooperative? Then write us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and send us a signed, filled in membership form by post to: WECHANGE eG | c/o Thinkfarm | Moosdorfstr. 7-9 | D-12435 Berlin