A lattice-work of self-organising activists sharing principles, dispersing agency and shaping the movement we build to promote the mutuality embodied in the DiEM25 Manifesto
The Organising Principles aim at helping organise DiEM25’s work and activities in a manner consistent with DiEM25’s purpose. True to DiEM25’s commitment to unifying democrats across borders, cultures, movements, and political party affiliations, we are avoiding a federal structure and minimising centralisation in the running of DiEM25’s activities. To this effect:
A single Co-ordinating Collective to co-ordinate all of DiEM25’s actions
The Advisory Panel to curate, facilitate, critique and incite debate, making proposals for an advancing movement
The Membership are the essence and lived experience of DiEM25, shaping our agenda and giving form to our principles
The Validating Council to vouchsafe the integrity of Organising Principles
The networks of DiEM25 Spontaneous Collectives acting at the local, municipal and national levels
The Co-ordinating Collective (CC)
The 12-member Co-ordinating Collective (CC) co-ordinates all our activities
At the beginning, DiEM25 was put together spontaneously by initiators who conjured up, together and haphazardly, the idea of a pan-European association aiming at creating a movement for, simultaneously, democratising Europe in general and the European Union institutions in particular, enhancing democratic sovereignty at the local, city, regional and national levels. The time has come, however, to formalise this group that has been, since DiEM25’s inauguration on February 9, 2016, steering its activities into a Co-ordinating Collective.
The proposed Co-ordinating Collective (hereafter ‘CC’) will not act as some central committee that makes policy. Instead, the CC will co-ordinate all activities (e.g. Events, Assemblies, Campaigns) that have been proposed by the Advisors’ Panel, members, DSCs, or by DiEM25’s Validating Council.
Every year, half of the seats on the CC are renewed through an election
At first, the initiators who were behind DiEM25’s creation in February 2016 and who have been, de facto, working on organisational matters on a daily basis will propose to DiEM25 the first twelve members to sit on the CC. DiEM25 members will vote, using DiEM25’s digital voting platform, to approve or not this first CC. Within twelve months of the formation of the first CC, six CC positions will be put up for election. And then a year later, the remaining six positions will also be openly contested. In this manner, every year half of the seats on CC will be renewed through an election.
The Advisory Panel (AP)
From its inception, DiEM25 has attracted some well-known, influential personalities from across the globe: artists and film-makers, economists and intellectuals, writers and activists. They have been helping ‘curate’ DiEM25’s thinking, events and campaigns from the very beginning. It is, therefore, proposed that they become acknowledged as a group. Thus, the Advisory Panel.
Advisors sitting on the Advisory Panel will, naturally, advise DiEM25 and facilitate the implementation of its aims. Just like all DiEM25 members, they will have the opportunity to propose actions, campaigns etc. to the Co-ordinating Collective (CC) as well as to DiEM25 at large. They can recommend changes to the Manifesto or to DiEM25’s governance, including the nomination of potential CC members. Of course any such changes must go through the amendment process that involves the whole of DiEM25’s membership – see Section 8 below.
As for nominations of new Advisors, any DiEM25 member can make suggestions to the CC which then puts these proposals up for approval by the Validating Council.
DiEM25 strives to promote participatory democracy in the formulation of its policies and practices. Policies at all levels (local, regional, national and pan-European) are approved in all-member votes. Even when a policy concerns a local or national issue, all members (across Europe) must approve it by means of an all-member vote. This transnational approach is central to DiEM25’s raison d’être.
Policies that concern one of the pillars of the Progressive Agenda will be developed & voted in line with the Progressive Agenda section of the Organising Principles.
The Validating Council (VC)
Some decisions transcend the CC’s co-ordination role. E.g. a hastily drawn up press release (in response to some extraordinary event) may need the validation of the membership, proposals for new members of the Advisory Panel, or for investigation into violations of the principles of the Manifesto. These are not decisions to be taken by the CC as they require broader consent and validation.
As these decisions will need to be validated quickly, it will not be possible to mobilise the whole DiEM25 membership to vote within a tight deadline. For this purpose, and so as to give incentives to members to consider themselves permanently engaged in DiEM25 activities, a Validating Council (hereafter ‘VC’) is instituted to be selected as follows:
The VC comprises 100 DiEM25 members
Any DiEM25 member that wants to be a VC sitting member puts her or his nomination forward, via the website
Selection is by algorithmic sortition
DiEM25 Spontaneous Collectives (DSCs)
The idea of DiEM25’s Spontaneous Collectives reflects the ideas or practices of self- management and cooperatives, the Scottish Enlightenment’s notion of ‘spontaneous order’, as well as, Rick Falkvinge’s ‘swarms’, etc.
DiEM25 seeks to combine self-organisation (i.e. spontaneously occurring horizontal structures) with the vertical integration provided by the CC, the VC and the municipal/regional/national collectives. DSCs embody the movement’s self- organising dimension. Any DiEM25 members who wish to coalesce in pursuit of DiEM25’s objectives and Manifesto principles can form a DSC with minimal constraints.
DSCs are self-governing, with no need to validate their actions from the CC. Each DSC elects one or two co-ordinators, ideally male and female, who will be responsible for maintaining communication between DiEM25 at large, the other DSCs, the CC and the specific DSC.
To remain effective and flexible, experience indicates DSCs comprising 5 to 15 active members only. When a DSC reaches 16 active members, it is strongly encouraged to form a second DSC which meets in a different part of town or which works on a different issue, in order to maintain the agility of small, self-organised groups in which everyone can speak and contribute. No DSC can contain more than 50 active members.
Two types of DSCs are active:
(i) Local DSCs, founded on the basis of geographical proximity; and…
(ii) Thematic DSCs, based on their members’ common interest in the same policy area across Europe. Thematic DSCs may also be geographically specific (e.g. comprising members concerned with the Portuguese education system) or pan-European in scope (e.g. concentrating on climate change issues).