Public transparency report for 2017
Photo by Courtney Prather on Unsplash
We did a lot in 2017. Maybe even more than what you can see
in our last transparency report
… and this blue trello color was always around while we made
all decisions and executions in trello.
So we developed a deep romantic relationship <3
It’s very interesting how the spikes of initiatives we do per month correlates to the turnover from the next
slide … coincidence?
Apart from that we were very lazy in February. People need rest from self-organization you know.
Total Shared expenses:
39 721 BGN
729 757,7 BGN
We’ve managed to keep our
expenses low and still help a lot
of people with our skills. It’s
refreshing to see their smiles
once we achieve results
We turned down a lot of
opportunities though …
Average shared expense per Camplighter per month: 227 BGN
So it turns out it’s relatively inexpensive to be a Camplighter and work with high margins. This gives the
power in Camplighters to have big enough buffers of money which increases a lot our sustainability.
We have two income streams in Camplight
Product is 0.038506021190645% of
our Outsourcing turnover :)
Yet Product is 280.55 BGN which is
bigger than our average shared
expense per month per Camplighter
So in 2017 we reached level 1 as a
We started to dream what it would
look like if Product becomes equal to
our Outsourcing initiative?
Our happiness index is oscillating but this means we’re alive and kicking ;)
We introduced a simple
spreadsheet inspired by our
friends at crisp.se who’s main
reason for existence is to
increase our emotional
Because who doesn’t want a
stress-free, mindful, aware,
productive and healthy working
We’re lacking the habit of
constantly updating this
spreadsheet as you can see
from the time schedule :)
Apart from our outsourcing and product development we
have other initiatives… let’s talk about some noteworthy
things which happened in our organizational trello board
No one is left behind
One of our members got cancer sick so we collectively helped him with financial aid to
get through this period in his life. After two surgeries he’s now well and recovering.
Again Co-budgeting turned to be a very helpful & humane initiative.
“Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno” ;)
The initiative in 2017 with most comments goes to
After a lot of discussions we’ve managed to design and print our business cards. A
side-effect from flat organizations -> when there’s no need or deadline an activity can
become a black hole for communication
Best comeback award goes to … after 3 years
We have accumulated a lot of knowledge from the world. We’re grateful and want
to give back … but it seems it took us around 3 years to get to the point of
launching our blog.
As we’re still constantly occupied we try to write when we have surplus energy. If
you’re interested check tales.camplight.net
Biggest checklist goes to ...
We had to backup a lot of repositories from github and gitlab. Maaaan… so much code,
how we were able to produce it in the first place? It’s staggering … 32 repos with projects
big and small. Almost all of them are organic software
This was our trello card with biggest checklist in 2017 :)
We did a very fun retreat in a cabin in the woods
Let us show you
This is part of our physical workout routine around lunch. It looks very weird though… It
involved dancing, quigong, yoga a little bit of aikido warmup and fitness cardio.
Movement is life you know :D
We’re dancing traditional bulgarian “horo” with so many people that they cannot fit in one room
Other fun initiative
We increased our financial intelligence by having an audit. It was a cool and refreshing
experience which served us as a reality check that you can do honest business. This
took us a lot of energy though...
For Christmas we created a greeting card for our friends. Kudos go to
New legal proxies
Camplight is actually a limited company. The partners in the company are our legal
proxies for the rest of the world which is not a flat cooperative like us :D We had to
increase our team of associates in order to bypass single bus factors. Now there
are 5 partners in total. Every Camplighter is free to join as a legal proxy, although
most of the people in Camplight are collaborating via their own limited companies
and don’t wish to join. So Camplight still remains just a collective brand.
1Password to rule them all!
Although we’re security fanatics we stored all of our server password and
sensitive information in google drive for easy sharing and access. You
know the proverb - “the shoemaker's children go barefoot” or something
like that applies to us...
Now everything looks more secure in a team vault in 1Password. Or at
least we think so.
Want to get involved synchronously in Camplight - Organizational?
We formed a task force, which is like a mastermind
group focused on doing not consulting. The idea of
the Phoenix group within Camplight is to ignite
initiatives which are priority but nobody has surplus
energy to execute them.
Phoenix group members prioritise, help leaders of
initiatives to become awesome, reflect, improve,
polish and move our organization forward.
Members of Phoenix are having the common interest
about organizational and behaviour development so
they have fun by keeping the flame of the Camplight
network. It’s a very joyful and stress-free process for
Each month, happy hangout meetings, started on Mar 14, 2017
As entirely remote organization we wanted to bond together more often.
So we ignited informal monthly meetings where we just chat, brag,
discuss, complain, whine, reflect and discuss various things which are life
Escaping from excel with ...
Our shared expenses for the past years were documented in a very heavy
excel spreadsheet. We developed a lightweight system for keeping track
of our expenditure. This helped a lot to improve our financial intelligence
and understand what services we’re paying for with greater user friendly
Streamlining our outsourcing initiative
Our outsourcing initiative was based on sprints which were measured with
hours invested. So we billed clients with invoices based on our hourly rate.
We struggled a lot because there’s no automatic tool for measuring what’s
our involvement in a project. We couldn’t find a single effortless time
tracking tool for trello.
So we created https://assista.camplight.net/ and streamlined our
New team members
Becoming a Camplighter is difficult. Staying one is even more impressive
because it involves a constant lifestyle of self-improvement, mindfulness
and focus. We don’t actively seek for new team members to join us
because not everybody likes our principles and values.
We had the luck to connect with people who were adventurous enough to
try to stay around the fire <3
The team is evolving and so is our
We established a team with the role of up-to-date bookkeeping, financial
advices, shared expenses processing, account management,
organizational contracts and operations.
We start to feel more confident about our evolution.
Thank you for experiencing our
journey. We’ll continue to be
brave, dream big, be honest,
transparent and collaborative like
… Reality is an agreement …
So let’s consent together? ;)