Today we ran an impromptu workshop on governance of The Reef, taking advantage of the presence of @patrick_andrews in Brussels. Our conclusions were:
- When putting money into real estate, we all are accustomed to think in terms of freehold property. We buy something, and we own it completely. On the other hand, The Reef wants to be quite large, and so it would have to be owned by more than one owner. Collective ownership of real estate is not easy, but the Wooncoop model (discussed in some details here) seems to offer a partial set of solutions. Action point: investigate the model further with Wooncoop. Try to establish if The Reef could give rise to what Wooncoop calls “a group”: a collectivity of actors that have a common real estate project, and wish to realize it within a cooperative framework.
- Right now, people have no way to signal commitment – or even serious interest – in The Reef as a project. Everything is open, people come to our workshops etc., but for now Edgeryders is the only entity that has project ownership. But this won’t do, because Edgeryders is only one of the future housemates. I am another one, @noemi is another one, and others. Action point: create a Belgian ASBL (a no-profit association) that will be gather people who are seriously considering moving into the future Reef, for a more sociable, greener urban life. Patrick will draft a statute. Edgeryders will be one of the founding members, and I will be another. If you, too, want to be a founding member, let me know, by leaving a comment here. You have time until Friday 13th December 2019. After that deadline, you will be able to join the association at any time, so no need to rush it, though of course we would be glad to see so much enthusiasm already.
Edgeryders will continue to run the relationship with Climate-KIC, and seek funding for the next stage of the project. The main advantage of having an association is that anyone can join it… anyone seriously interested in moving forward, that is. We have decided there will be a membership fee, because this will discourage the tourists.