Add Ostrum's 8 Core Design Principles for successful cooperative groups to the Learning Library

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Image Description: Table of 8 Core Design Principles

  1. Clearly defined boundaries
  • What defines the group?
  • Who are the members?
  • What is the purpose for the group to exist?
  1. Proportional Equivalence Between Benefits and Costs
  • Rules are adapted to local conditions
  • Everyone gives, everyone gets, in fair measure
  1. Collective Choice Arrangements
  • Everybody affected by a decision gets input in making it
  1. Monitoring
  • Role/Agreement violations can be detected
  • Group members are best for this, rather than external authorities
  1. Graduated Sanctions
  • Rule-violations are addressed
  • Responses are gentle at first, with capacity to escalate if needed
  1. Conflict Resolution Mechanisms
  • Quick, recognized as fair by the group members
  1. Recognition of Rights to Organize
  • Members are given authority to manage local affairs
  • Opposite of top-down governance
  1. Poly-Centric Governance
  • For larger groups or resource communities
  • #'s 1-7 are applied at multiple ‘layers’ of the whole

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