Internal Democracy/Guidelines

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The following guidelines are a work-in-progress document produced by the Internal Democracy group. They are experimented at each of the group's meeting.

Structure of the meeting

Intro plenary

There is a short roundtable where:
  1. Everyone tells at what time they want/need to leave.
  2. Everyone says how they feel/what their mood is (1-2 words)
  3. Everyone tells about their expectation(s) and/or wish(es)
    • Expectations (what do they want to do/talk about/see happening). We defined expectations as things need to be done/happen or else you wouldn't want to come any more.
    • Everyone tells their wishes. These are things you would like to see done/like to do, but it's not so bad if these don't happen.
After this, subgroups are formed (3/5 people) based on wishes (what people want to do/talk about).

Body in subgroups

Structure of a meeting
Here people have the possibility to introduce further.
Discussion/work to be done.
Evaluation: this should be done every time someone intends to leave. This consists of a popcorn roundtable where:
  1. Everyone says how they feel (see Intro)
  2. Everyone can say what they thought the pro and contra of the process were. Discussion on how the process can be improved can be done here.

Closing plenary

  1. Each subgroup reports orally his conclusion/decisions to the whole group
    1. Everyone needs to make sure they understand the conclusions, but there is no further discussion here.
    2. When everyone is sure they understand, everyone can say if they agree/disagree. If everyone agrees, this is a decision. If this is not the case, this can be discussed further in a next meeting. There is no discussion here.
    3. If there is no unanimity: decide for a next submeeting involving people disagreeing.
  2. Evaluation (30 minutes before the end time), popcorn roundtable where:
    1. Everyone says how they feel (1-2 words)
    2. Pro's and contra's of the plenaries (intro and closing) and discussion about how to do next time
  3. What do we decide for next time: venue, date, hour, general goal, proposition of subgroups.