Activist Guidelines

Here you will find all the info you need to be a DiEM25 activist. These guidelines address:

  • DiEM25 Spontaneous Collectives (DSCs) – self-organised groups.
    • DSC Guidelines – to be respected by all DSCs.
    • Local DSCs – groups of members from the same area.
    • Thematic DSCs – groups of members with a common thematic interest
  • Task forces – working on specific tasks on behalf of the movement, set by elected bodies of DiEM25.

Summary

DiEM25 Spontaneous
Collective (DSC)

Purpose: Self-organised group

Activity: Group must be active as a whole

Responsible: The DSC’s coordinator(s)

Task
Forces

Purpose: Working on specific tasks set by elected bodies

Activity: All members must be active

Responsible: Elected member(s) in charge of the task force

DiEM25 Spontaneous Collectives (DSCs)

DiEM25 seeks to combine self-organisation (spontaneously occurring horizontal structures) with the vertical integration provided by the Coordinating Collective (CC) and other elected bodies of DiEM25. The idea of DiEM25’s Spontaneous Collectives (DSCs) reflects the ideas and practices of self-management and cooperatives.

DSCs are the movement’s self-organising dimension and therefore only 5 members are required to start such a group to pursue DiEM25’s objectives. As long as their actions are in line with DiEM’25’s manifesto and Organising Principles – their actions do not need validation. Each DSC elects one coordinator and one co-coordinator, ideally of different gender. Coordinators will, on behalf of the DSC, be responsible for maintaining communication flow within the DSC, with other DSCs, the elected bodies of the movement, and the movement more generally.

To remain effective and flexible, DSCs are envisaged to comprise 5 to 15 active members only to maintain the agility of small groups, where everyone can speak and participate. If there is a group exceeding this number, we strongly encourage the forming of a second group in that city or on that topic.


The most important constraint is that DSCs cannot promote causes or values other than those outlined in the DiEM25 Manifesto, DiEM25’s policy papers, and the current DiEM25 campaigns. To ensure that all DSC actions are in line with the Manifesto and the Organizing Principles, and to manage DiEM25’s public perception, a DSC member cannot publish any texts/images/videos/actions destined for the public on his/her own. They have to get at least 5 DiEM25 members’ approval. These 5 can be members of the same DSC.

What can a DSC do?

The goal of a DSC is to pursue DiEM25’s goals at the grassroots level. DSCs are action- oriented!

  • Organise to confront power, help people in the community and make short-term change at local level (anything goes so long as it is in line with DiEM25’s goals and manifesto). Be the local-level actors for DiEM25 campaigns, and create your own.
  • Grow the membership to find like-minded, skilled people that are active in the local area (ask them to register here)
  • Organise events (online or offline) with a specific goal e.g. to mobilise existing members around a campaign, or to expand the membership (See details in Event Guidelines)
  • Collectively develop policy suggestions (at any level) to submit to the People’s Gatherings project
  • Discuss potential submissions for our Campaign Accelerator project that are regularly collected via email newsletter, either to submit as a DSC or as individual members
  • Connect with DiEM25’s bodies (National Collective, Coordinating Collective representative) to feed into their work, e.g. sending them news on what you are doing, submitting an article that document actions on the ground following our Copywriting Guidelines

The Press team coordinates all media activities in DiEM25 – please contact them if a local opportunity arises via our Press Guidelines!

What can a DSC not do?

  • Promote ideas that violate the spirit of DiEM25’s Manifesto, Organising Principles or DiEM25’s ongoing Campaigns
  • Purport to represent entire cities, regions, countries without the approval of DiEM25’s elected bodies (CC or NC). For this purpose, they are assigned names such as London 1 DSC, Lisbon 1 DSC, etc. so that when other DSCs appear in the same vicinity they can adopt the names London 2 DSC, Lisbon 2 DSC etc.
  • Promise or show support to other political organisations and political candidates, except if the alliance has been approved by the movement. (See details in Election Participation Guidelines)
  • Organise DiEM25 Assemblies (unlike gatherings or small scale events, Assemblies are to be organised by the CC) (See details in Event Guidelines)
  • Collect or spend money outside of DiEM25’s established system of collecting and spending donations (See details in Finance Guidelines)
  • Engage in illegal activities
  • Enter contracts on behalf of DiEM25 or otherwise engage in actions that the international level of the organisation will be held legally responsible for
  • Use DiEM25’s name, logo, platform or organisation for commercial purposes, including selling merchandise and other products or services to DiEM25 members and outsiders
  • To make clear that opinions expressed are those of the particular DSC, and not of DiEM25 for the whole region/country in which the DSC is located, DSCs will sign materials with their DSC name or with “DiEM25 Activists in …”, so as to distinguish them from messages by elected representatives of DiEM25 (See details in Social Media Guidelines)

Our work is based on understanding. We are not dogmatic, we are open minded. We have broad horizons because we have experience of different cultures. Foreigners do not arouse our suspicion; instead they trigger our desire to learn from them. We are a bunch, a swarm, a circus and an orchestra. We all know something – none of us knows everything. We work in teams because that way we get to know each other and learn from one another. We exchange news, views, information, knowledge, techniques and vibes. We welcome new members like old members welcomed us: by giving them space, stimuli, training and responsibility. The groups are helping the movement with fulfilling their tasks. We follow DiEM25’s Code of Conduct.


To join a local DSC you find the updated list of registered and active local DSCs here.

To start a local DSC in your city/region you fill our new local DSC form. Ideally you already have the names and email addresses of at least 5 members of DiEM25 (one or two of which will be the coordinators of your DSC). You will receive a detailed email with onboarding instructions and follow-up information. We can always help via dsc@diem25.org.


Thematic DSCs are founded around particular policy themes or issues. Thematic DSCs produce proposals around their theme but do not author DiEM25’s policies on that topic, nor can they represent DiEM25 on it outside the movement. As there can be many thematic DSCs on the same topic, their views and policy recommendations can differ. Apart from contributing to DiEM25’s internal policy creation process, Thematic DSCs also engage in educational work, such as running workshops for DiEM25 members on the issues a Thematic DSC is dealing with and creating articles and other materials to better explain DiEM25’s ideas to the outside world.

Note: it is not necessary to be a member of a Thematic DSC, or any DSC, in order to contribute to DiEM25’s policy papers. According to the Progressive Agenda Process, all members, whether organised in groups or not, are requested to contribute their ideas or requested to talk to affected people on the ground and bring back policy ideas. Thematic DSCs are merely formalised groups for doing so.

Members that establish such a thematic DSC must choose from an approved list of themes:

  1. Democracy-in-action: Democratic practices in DiEM25 & in Europe (in the context of a future European Democratic Constitution)
  2. A European New Deal for European residents, for migrants & for refugees
  3. Transparency and Technological Sovereignty
  4. Green Transition (Energy, Industry, Transport & Agriculture)
  5. Culture and Education
  6. Health
  7. Gender and Sexuality
  8. Technological Sovereignty
  9. Peace and International Policy

Other themes can/will be added to the list above after suitable proposals are tabled with National Collectives or with the CC. DSCs can additionally indicate a sub-theme in their official listing.Thematic DSCs meet usually online or, whenever possible, in person in order to discuss issues and activities pertaining to the policy themes or areas that have brought their members together. All the rules and guidelines that apply to local DSCs also apply to thematic DSCs.

To join a thematic DSC you find the updated list of registered and active thematic DSCs here.

To start a thematic DSC you fill our new thematic DSC form. Ideally you already have the names and email addresses of at least 5 members of DiEM25 (one or two of which will be the DSC’s coordinators). Use the DiEM25 forum (in the most appropriate thematic category within the discuss policy section) or any of the informal fora and gatherings in order to find at least 5 people who are interested in forming a thematic DSC with you. You will receive a detailed email with onboarding instructions and follow-up information. We can always help via volunteer@diem25.org.


Task forces

Task forces work on specific defined tasks set out by elected bodies of DiEM25, such as:

  • Translation, Subtitling, Graphic Design, Video Making
  • Merging and adapting members’ contributions into a policy paper (ie. working on a Policy Pillar of the Progressive Agenda for Europe)
  • Evaluating our important documents to ensure their area of specialisation is properly reflected in them

Task force members are invited to the task force by the members of elected bodies, who are in charge of the topic that the task force works on, and/or its coordinator. All task force members must be actively working on the group’s assigned tasks.

The task force does not work in a vacuum. For task forces working on policy papers or other key documents, they are not to write these themselves but instead to solicit, collect and integrate contributions from DSCs and individual members, while of course often undertaking the important task of transforming those contributions into actual policies.

Task forces working on policy papers and other topics are a great reservoir of people who may represent DiEM25 at conferences, panels or for policy-related media appearances. When the elected bodies are given the opportunity to suggest someone for a conference, CC members, NC members and policy task force members are the first that come to mind.

The Coordinating Collective is accountable to DiEM25’s membership for the political work of the movement, therefore all those who have appointed rather than elected positions, including members of Task Forces, are working collaboratively with, and are accountable to, the Coordinating Collective.