Roundtable | Design for collective decision-making

Deciding together: how a commons can make choices

The second episode of the ‘Charging the Commons‘ roundtable series took place on January 31st at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. This session explored a challenge faced by emerging commons communities: deciding on a means to make decisions together. How to choose a means of collective decision-making that reflects the community’s values, as well as the broader principles of the commons? Which procedures and tools are out there? What are the benefits (and drawbacks) of different decentralized methods like holacracy and quadratic voting? How are communities figuring out which ones suit them best and rolling them out in practical situations?

For this roundtable, we were joined by members of two co-housing initiatives, the Community Land Trust H-buurt and De Warren, as well as researchers and community-building professionals to explore different perspectives on this challenge. Together, we took a closer look at the affordances of different ways of making collective decisions.


  • Tara Karpinski, Researcher at Caradt, Avans Homeschool
  • Marthijn Pool, Co-founder at Space&Matter
  • Rosamel Abeka, Community Builder at CLT H-Buurt
  • Stefan Hennis, Procescoördinator en interim bestuur at Wooncoöperatie De Warren

Watch roundtable discussion

In case you missed episode one of the Charging the Commons roundtable series, watch it here