Democratic Procedures

Here, we will publish an up-to-date overview of the democratic procedures that are applied in Democracy for Diem25. This list is fluid, in agreement with our aims, meaning that any member can at any time question the procedures and initiate a process to change them.

1. Consensus Voting Procedure

(The current version has been discussed and was voted upon in Slack. The vote was closed on 09-05-2017 and the procedure was accepted with 9 votes in favour, 0 against, 0 abstention)

1) Themes for upcoming proposals are proposed in DiD meeting and voted upon during those meetings

2) An (online) working document is shared with the members on our discussion platform (now: Slack) and announced by e-mail to all members. This document is open for amendments until the next DiD meeting.

3) During the DiD meetings, the amendment phase can be postponed if consensus can be reached among the meeting participants to do so.

4) A final text is posted in our voting channel, accompanied by an exact deadline for the voting that will be announced by e-mail to all members – voting options should include an option “further discussion is needed”

5) After the deadline, a decision is made, which is also announced by e-mail to all the DiD members

2. Procedural voting procedure (QUICK)

(The current version has been discussed and was voted upon in Slack. The vote was closed on 03-02-2017 and the procedure was accepted with 6 votes in favour, 0 against, 0 abstention)

Voting on new democratic procedures and democratic tools in DiD 

1) Proposals about new democratic procedures and democratic tools should be prepared in advance by either a working group or in a DiD collaborative document

2) All DiD members should have a minimum of two weeks time to contribute to the proposal, either by:

  • Joining the respective working group (all working groups are open to all members)
  • Adding to the collaborative document, which needs to be announced (a) by e-mail and be accesible (b) on the DiD website

3) Proposals about new democratic procedures and democratic tools will be voted upon during an official DiD meeting

  • For this voting counts: at least 5 DiD members need to attend the meeting and at least 2/3 of all present members need to be in favour of the proposal
  • Whenever a working group puts forward a proposal, at least one working group member needs to be present at the DiD meeting where the vote takes place

4) When accepted in a DiD meeting, the decision will be posted on Slack and notified by e-mail. All DiD members have one week to challenge the decision, which will mean that the proposal is put back on the table a the next DiD meeting

3. Urgent communication

(The current version has been discussed and was voted upon in Slack. The vote was closed on 09-05-2017 and the procedure was accepted with 7 votes in favour, 0 against, 0 abstention)

(for incoming messages, directly explicitly at DiD:)

  • If a communication is required as a response to an incoming message anyone in DiD may initiate it
  • The incoming message and the proposed response is posted in the #responses channel
  • A notification is made in the #general channel and from the DiD mail to all DiD members
  • At least three DiD members have to support the communication, either by stating this in words or by supporting the communication with a “thumbs up” icon
  • If anyone vetoes the communication, either by stating this in words of by rejecting the communication with a “thumbs down” icon, it must undergo the SIMPLE procedure
  • 72 hours must elapse after the notification is sent (by mail and on Slack) and the response is sent.

(for events needing direct attention:)

  • If response to an urgent event is needed, anyone in DiD may initiate it
  • The event is stated and explained in the #general channel, and e-mailed to the members
  • Alongside, a proposal for a response is send by the initiating member, in a collaborative document
  • Members can amend the collaborative document for 24 hours
  • The response is posted in #general and members can support it or reject it, either in words or by using the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” icons
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