Organizational Structure

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Identity Commons consists of Working Groups and a Stewards Council. The bulk of the activities and decision-making occur within the Working Groups, which have a great deal of autonomy.

Any group of people who want to work together towards a purpose consistent with the Purpose And Principles may form a Working Group, which will automatically become part of Identity Commons unless the Stewards Council raises a specific objection (the goal is a culture of inclusion). To form a WorkingGroup, the sponsors should use the Working Group Charter Template to publish a charter on this wiki describing their purpose, process, and deliverables. They must also select one representative and one alternate to serve on the Stewards Council.

The Stewards Council makes organizational decisions for Identity Commons, which center primarily around managing resources shared by all in the Commons (such as this wiki). Decisions are made by a vote of the majority. The council consists solely of representatives from each Working Group. Its deliberative process is totally open and transparent, and anyone may participate. However, only Working Group representatives have a vote on decisions.

Identity Commons is a not-for-profit legal entity that will hold any resources deemed necessary by working groups that are not themselves structured to be able to do so.