This document is a suggestion for identifying the types of activities taking place in Agora Brussels . It is not a closed or definitive document. It is
open to anyone who wants to bring in their point of view for editing.
These groups and activities are framed within a context of horizontal, open
and active participation, apartisan and nonviolent.
*Assemblies:* An assembly is a gathering of people who, individually and
horizontally, are looking for a consensus decision (depending on the
assemblies, they can also be approved by 4/5 or majority). A series of
proposals are presented at the Assembly conforming an order of the day, with
an explanation of each proposal and the reasons why they should be approved,
doubts are resolved before they become subjected to consensus. Any person,
committee or working group may submit a proposal at the meeting, but must
commit to prepare it coherently.
If not approved, the proposal may be modified and reintroduced, changes are
not re-elaborated during the same assembly, they return to the workgroup or
the person who proposed it for amendments. People who opposed the proposal
should commit to work to improve it, for consensus consists on collectively
building for every one, as opposite to imposing our views or to blocking
proposals that are not of our personal interest.
*People’s Assemblies:* These are meetings that have the same format as the
assemblies, but they are deliberately held in different parts of a city,
with the purpose to attract local residents and encourage their
participation. These meetings necessarily involve an explanation to
residents about the movement and operation of the assemblies. Topics may
include local issues and / or (if desired) a discussion of a more specific
topic in a way similar to a discussion forum (see below).
*Work Groups:* a work group is a gathering of people working temporarily or
permanently in a specific topic of interest. They can make decisions, but
sometimes their proposals have to be approved at a meeting that includes the
entire Assembly (a call for demonstrations or protests, central aims of the
movement, etc). Example: a working group on economics, feminism or political
(usually permanent), or a working group to develop a specific statement to
the press (temporary).
*Committee:* A committee is a permanent work group within the movement with the autonomy to make decisions as long as they respect the principles of
apartisan (and union independent) movement, horizontal and nonviolence, plus
(in addition) any objective or principle by the Assembly. The autonomy of
these committees must be approved before a General Assembly. Decisions are
usually responsible for internal organizational tasks and the work of
outwardly facing movement will never take decisions committing the movement.
Example: Action Commission, Communication, Infrastructure, etc..
*Actions:* These are actions that seek to disseminate the goals, ideas or
development of the movement. Distinction is made between micro and macro
action. The micro action must be developed by a small group of people, like
Enceladus the entrance of a bank or put a banner in a unique building. A
macro action is carried out by a large number of people, this is a rally or
march. Every action has to be an act within the principles and objectives of
the movement defined by the Assembly (non-violent for a start).
*Workshops:* A workshop is aimed to learn about a specific topic. One or
more persons are responsible for conducting the workshop to share
information, techniques, tool use and/or dissemination of knowledge in
lectures. Example: workshops on non-violence and respect, talks about police
repression of peaceful resistance techniques, classes on use of free
software programs, etc..
*Discussion Forum:* A discussion forum is a talk, open to everybody,
respectfully using turns for speech and encouraging participation of all
horizontal bystanders. A discussion forum is not intended to reach a
decision, but to elaborate on the selected subject, sharing different points
of view, but any interesting topic could evolve into a proposal for a
meeting or an Assembly. It is desirable to keep record of all the
interventions of the forum (i.e. minutes), and a moderator to prevent the
subject matter to end up blurring. Example: a discussion forum on the
economic crisis in USA or about current political corruption at Public