Research for {Work in Progress}

Private organizations, whether corporate or non-profit, are at their core systems of governance.

Namasté Solar has five levels of democratic decision-making: individual co-owner (i.e. individuals can make their own decisions based on proven competencies), peer review, committees or teams, the entire company, and board of directors. The board of directors only gets involved on the rare occasion that an issue can’t be resolved in the first four levels. In a bold attempt at fairness, Namasté also makes sure that no employee earns more than twice what any other employee earns.

From their site:

On January 1, 2011, Namasté Solar became an Employee-Owned Cooperative. Our intention is to share the entire experience of small business ownership; not just rewards (profits) and control, but also risks (losses) and responsibilities, regardless of job role or title. We firmly believe this business model translates to better designs, installations, and customer experiences. As co-owners of the company, we all bring an ownership mentality to everything we do, as well as a level of personal accountability that our customers find refreshing in the world of contracting.

Learning from government

Types of governance by power structure

Types of governance by power source

Compiled 2023-3-5