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Who is behind WECHANGE?

Verena Salomon

Verena Salomon, founder

Verena connects networks.

She dreams of an eco-social transformation towards a more future-compliant and fair world and brings players and initiatives together which share these goals. She does that on a professional level at netzwerk n, on a voluntary basis in Netzwerk Wachstumswende and, of course, in the WECHANGE cooperative. Verena lives in Berlin and works in the Thinkfarm, a legendary Coworking-Space in the heart of Berlin.
Simon Liedtke

Simon Liedtke, founder

Simon is a computer specialist and the go-between for technology. He understands, develops and builds wechange.de as a joint project that evolves with its users. As the technical lead, he translates the vision into concepts and the concepts into a product. His passion is sustainable organisational development. He lives this out as the co-founder and managing director of the Sinnwerkstatt company, a sustainable media agency which is based in Berlin-Kreuzberg and also based on the common good.

 

Boris Woynowski

Boris Woynowski, founder

As a forestry scientist Boris always keeps an eye on the forest, while not losing sight of the single trees. After breaking off his dissertation on transformative sciences, he operates as an enabler for eco-societal ideas. He is the co-founder of Wachstumswende e.V. and Thinkfarm e.V. Berlin. After a year of paternity leave and a change of location to Kiel, he started working in the changemaker-project “Zukunftsmacher” and building up the Thinkfarm Kiel together with Robin.

 

Dr. Michael Mischke

Dr. Michael Mischke, founder

Michael is a mechanical engineer, strategy consultant and a storyteller. He is concerned with the communication between machines and humans, between technology and basic human needs. Michael is an optimist and a visionary. The dialogue with the wechange.de-users is his passion and the optimisation of the interface is his goal. His heart beats for the Balkans and for Eastern Europe, for music and good food. Michael has a son and lives and works in Berlin.
Robin Pfaff

Robin Pfaff, founder

Robin is driven by a passion for future-compliant ideas. He wants to enable people to realise their own contribution to the solution of societal challenges. As a geographer, he works on as the go-between for sustainable urban and regional development, promotion of societal engagement and digital media. At present he is building up the learning and activation program “zukunftsmacher.sh”. In his free time he is active in the “alte mu”, which is a sustainable creative hub in the centre of Kiel.
Inken Marei Kolthoff

Inken-Marei Kolthoff, project manager

For about two years Inken was the face of netzwerk n and WECHANGE throughout the whole of Eastern Europe. There is probably no civil-society-oriented conference, initiative, organisation or impact hub which Inken has not visited. Only due to her dedication and continuous contact to sponsors, wechange.de is TÜV-certified and the platform is now available in Ukrainian and Russian.
Enno Strudthoff

Enno Strudthoff, project manager

Enno is an enthusiastic Eastern European. Actually, Eastern Europe was only his field of study at university, but due to stays and travels in countries east of the Oder, it has become difficult to tell the difference. His mission is to unite all Eastern European civil society actors on WECHANGE and to motivate them to share their visions for a sustainable and just world there. Currently, Enno is the only one on the payroll of WECHANGE and works in the Thinkfarm as well.
Lilian Pungas

Lilian Pungas

Lilli has chosen to live in Berlin. She liked an internship at the WECHANGE cooperative that much, that she joined its circle of active members. Besides her engagement at WECHANGE, Lilli is heavily involved in the area of sustainability. She is active in the Attac organisation, the netzwerk n, ecotopia and the Society of Sustainability, amongst others, and believes in WECHANGE as a good platform for all these initiatives and organisations. Like Inken and Enno she is interested in all post-socialist countries and dreams of a better world in all of these places.
Ludwig Schuster

Ludwig Schuster

Ludwig listens, recognizes links and connects. His activities are like the pieces in a puzzle of a vision for a good life. On the basis of his many years of experience as a project manager, networker and consultant, he is able to put together, what belongs together. As a strategy consultant, he helps the sinnwerkstatt find the best ways and shortcuts to societal goals. Furthermore, he is an international expert for complementary currencies and promotes research on the growth compulsion in monetary and financial systems.
Ian Delù

Ian Delù

Ian thinks big which takes him and his co-workers on a visionary ride. With a lot of patience and inner calm he has the higher societal values in mind. He combines his playful creativity and his conceptual strength with tough management-skills; he keeps everything under control and knows what it takes to create a product of the highest quality out of an idea. As a founder of the Sinnwerkstatt and an innovator of communication campaigns, Ian accompanies people day by day to sharpen their ideas and realise them step by step.
Inken Kolthoff

Udo Loeb

Udo is a true digital native. At the turn of the century, he began as a freelance programmer but soon started his own company and finally established himself as a project manager and product developer in major corporations and industries. As a process and organisation consultant, he specialised on agile organisations. At sinnwerkstatt, he now seeks to develop a meaningful, self-organised and sustainable working model. His labour of love is further developing the portals and features of wechange.de. 
Sascha Narr

Sascha Narr

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.

Jannis

Jannis Eicker

Jannis loves to organise –be it a conference or the book shipping process. At best, he likes to be at the interface between science, politics and economics. As a political economist he is also still active within the academic community. He is currently working for netzwerk n and carries over the needs of the network and students into the WECHANGE team.
Michael Flohr

Michael Flohr

Michael is a PhD student at the University of Erfurt, focussing on network analysis. Besides his voluntary activity as a board member with netzwerk n, where he works for sustainable development in universities, he supports WECHANGE eG in an academic capacity. His areas of expertise are networking and fundraising. Through his activities he builds an interface between sustainable development and post-growth concepts, which for him are essential for the development of a future-resilient society.

 

you here

YOU???

We are always happy to hear from people interested in getting involved or trying something out. Please get in touch with your questions and ideas at info@wechange.de.

Organigram

How is the WECHANGE cooperative organised?

Das Organigramm der WECHANGE eG

Statute

Which rules does the cooperative follow?

“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

(1) The Cooperative is called wechange eG.
(2) The place of residence is Berlin.

§ 2 Object

(1) The object of the Cooperative is the provision of an online collaboration platform for ecological and socially oriented actors, the development and spreading of the necessary software and hardware, as well as the services associated with this. In particular, the goals are:

      • 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

(1) The Cooperative commits to the promotion of global thinking and local action through information exchange and networking. In particular, it shall support civic participation and engagement with civil society.
(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

(1) Members can become the following natural and legal persons and partnerships:
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
a) termination
b) transfer of the entire business credit
c) death of a natural or the dissolution of a legal person or partnership or
d) expulsion.

§ 5 Share in the Business, Payments, Additional Payments and Admission Fee

(1) The share in the business costs 100,00 €.  It is to be paid in whole immediately.
(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

(1) In case of an annual surplus, 20% of this surplus will be directed to the legal contingency fund, until it equals 100% of the amount of the shares.
(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

(1) The General Assembly takes places at least once a year. It will be called by direct notification of all members in textual format, preferably by e-mail. Invitation must take place at least two weeks before the General Assembly, additions and changes to the agenda at least one week in advance. The notices are considered to have been on time, when they have been sent off two working days before the deadline.
(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

(1) The General Assembly can be held on the Cooperative’s website as an Online General Assembly. The Online General Assembly consists of a discussion phase and a subsequent voting phase.
(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

(1) The Staff Assembly consists of all employees of the Cooperative, who are also members of the Cooperative.
(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

(1) The Board consists of at least two members. A member of the Board is chosen by the Employee Assembly and the rest by the General Assembly. Until the Cooperative has at least five employed staff members, all members of the Board will be chosed and recalled by the General Assembly.
(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

(1) The Supervisory Committee consists of at least three members. The Supervisory Committee is represented individually by the Chair or by their Deputy.
(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

(1) Membership and individual shares can be terminated with a notification period of two years before the end of the financial year.
(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

(1) Notices, whose publication is obligatory, take place under the company of the Cooperative in “die tageszeitung”, Berlin.

Join the Cooperative

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 support@wechange.de and send us a signed, filled in membership form by post to: WECHANGE eG | c/o Thinkfarm |  Moosdorfstr. 7-9 |  D-12435 Berlin